|The US has closed its land borders with Canada and Mexico since March 2020. (Photo by= Getty Images)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] The US has said it will reopen its land borders with Mexico and Canada to fully vaccinated travellers from November. It means those sealed out of the US because of the pandemic can enter, for any reason, using land and ferry crossing points.
Unvaccinated travelers will still be banned from entering the US from Mexico and Canada by land. Air travel is allowed with a negative Covid test. The US has curbed travel from Mexico and Canada since March 2020. "We are pleased to be taking steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable manner," Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. Currently, most non-US citizens who have been to the UK, China, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil and a number of European countries within the past 14 days aren’t allowed into the US. But those rules will also be lifted in November, the Biden administration announced last month.
Essential travelers, including students, truck drivers, US citizens, and healthcare workers were never banned from crossing land borders. However, from January 2022, they’ll also need to show proof of vaccination to get into the US from Mexico or Canada. An exact date in November hasn’t yet been announced, but will be "very soon", an official told Reuters news agency. Canada opened its border to fully vaccinated travelers from the US on 9 August. Mexico's border has remained open throughout the whole pandemic.