US Announces Border Opening Date for Fully Vaccinated Tourists
OREANDA-NEWS. On November 8, the United States will lift restrictions on crossing the border for travelers fully vaccinated against coronavirus from a number of countries, Western media reported, citing a White House spokesman.
This measure will affect travelers from more than 30 countries. It is not specified which countries will be affected.
"The United States will lift restrictions on crossing air and land borders for fully vaccinated travelers from more than 30 countries, the decision will come into force on November 8," Reuters quoted the official as saying. Reportedly, the White House will announce its decision on Friday.
In September, the United States announced that it would lift the travel ban for fully vaccinated air passengers who will also have to take a coronavirus test, Voice of America reported.
“We will allow travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the United States without urgent reason and, in particular, visit friends and family, or travel like tourists, cross our checkpoints on land and via ferry crossings, ”said Minister of Internal Security Alejandro Mallorcas.
In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, in March 2020, the US borders were closed to travelers from the European Union, the UK and China. Later, India and Brazil were added to the list. The country's authorities have also closed land borders with Canada and Mexico, with no clear predictions of how and when they will be lifted.
Canada and Mexico, like other countries, have for months demanded that the United States ease the travel ban, which has become an obstacle to family and other ties, as well as tourism.
The restrictions, which have been going on for almost 19 months, have led to both economic losses and personal problems for people who cannot cross the border, according to Voice of America.
At the end of September, the Washington Post reported that citizens vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine could be denied entry to the United States in November, since the vaccine had not received approval from American regulators or WHO.