The United States has decided to lift travel restrictions for non-essential travel for people ocoming from Mexico and Canada, provided they are fully vaccinated. The restrictions had been enforced in March 2020 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. will “begin allowing travellers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including to visit friends and family or for tourism, via land and ferry border crossings” said US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The Department has said that these are part of the administration’s “consistent, stringent protocols for all foreign nationals traveling to the United States – whether by air, land, or ferry”.
Representatives of border states have praised the move. However, unvaccinated people from Mexico and Canada, which opened its borders to US travelers from August 9th, will not be allowed.