Beginning in November, the Biden administration will eliminate travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated travelers, reopening the door to tourists and separated family members who had been barred from entering the US throughout the outbreak.
Foreign visitors with proof of vaccination who want to visit family or friends or shop in the United States will be allowed to enter, senior administration officials said on Tuesday, just weeks after the administration said it would soon lift a similar sweeping restriction on foreigners traveling to the country from abroad.
The lifting of the two bans effectively marks the reopening of the United States to tourists and tourism, ushering in a new phase in the country’s recovery from the pandemic after it closed its borders for nearly 19 months.
However, the new rules signal that the country will only be a friendly place for people who have been vaccinated.
Unvaccinated travelers will continue to be barred from entering Mexico or Canada, according to officials. Those who have never been prohibited from crossing land borders, such as commercial drivers and students, will be required to provide proof of vaccination while crossing beginning in January, officials said, in an effort to give passengers like truckers time to acclimatize to the new laws.