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US land borders to reopen to people vaccinated “in early November”


After having already announced the impending end of restrictions for travelers vaccinated against Covid-19 arriving by air, the United States will open ” beginning of November “ their land borders with Mexico and Canada, also to vaccinated visitors, a senior White House official said on Wednesday, October 13.

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He assured, during a conference call, that the precise date of entry into force of the new device would be known. ” very soon “ for these trips by land, as for international trips by plane, for which the vaccination obligation was announced on September 20. “It will go together”, according to the White House source.

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Social and economic consequences

Faced with the pandemic, the United States had closed its borders from March 2020, for millions of travelers coming in particular from the European Union, the United Kingdom, or China, then later from India or the Brazil. But also for visitors coming, by land, from Canada and Mexico. Causing painful personal situations, and economic damage.

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For the land crossing of borders, the source said that the new system would be put in place in “Two phases”.

Initially, vaccines will be required for travel “Non-essential”, for example going sightseeing or visiting family, but the vaccination obligation will not apply to trips deemed to be “Essential”, which have always been allowed.

Secondly, from ” early January “ 2022, all travelers, whatever their motives, must be fully vaccinated.

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This will leave “Ample time” for example to drivers of heavy goods vehicles, who have compelling professional reasons to cross the border, to be vaccinated, according to the White House.

The source indicated that the current restrictions for these land borders, which expire on October 21, would therefore be extended yet again, until the date of entry into force of the new device.

What vaccines to cross the border?

Asked about the vaccines that will allow entry into the territory, the senior official referred to recent indications from the US health authorities.

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The Centers for the Prevention and Control of Diseases (CDC), the main federal public health agency, have “Let airlines know that all vaccines approved by the FDA (United States Medicines Agency) and the World Health Organization would be accepted for air travel.”

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“I anticipate that it will be the same for land travel”, said the senior official, specifying that in this case the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not administered in the United States, would be admitted.



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