15 October (NWN) — Nineteen months after first barring US entry to foreign nationals to prevent COVID-19 transmission, the federal government will reopen US borders next month to vaccinated travelers via air and land.
White House Assistant Press Officer Kevin Munoz said Friday that the restrictions would be lifted in a little more than three weeks.
“America’s new travel policy that requires vaccinations for foreign national travelers to the United States begins November 8th,” he said in a tweet.
“This declaration and date apply to both international air travel and land travel. This policy is guided by public health.”
The easing of those measures would allow international air travelers to enter the United States, as well as travelers from Canada and Mexico – as long as they have all been fully vaccinated.
However, it was not clarified how the new policy would apply to people who have received a combination of available vaccines.
Officials said last month that they would lift the ban sometime in November. At the time, he said travelers would have to show proof of vaccination and a recent negative COVID-19 test.
The new policy will replace various restrictions that have been in effect since early last year that bar US entry for foreign travelers if they have spent any of the last 14 days in multiple countries.
Apart from Canada, the new policy will also allow US entry for travelers from the UK, EU and other countries.
Canada reopened its border to vaccinate American travelers in August, but twice more extended the US border for Canadians before US officials announced the termination on Friday.