Officials have announced a date for fully vaccinated travellers looking to enter the United States.
Many tourists have been waiting for this news since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020 to visit family members, immigrate, or simply pleasure. These travel restrictions were originally implemented by the Trump administration in March 2020 which stayed in place as President Biden took office in January 2021.
All fully vaccinated travellers will be able to cross the US border by land or air starting November 8th, 2021. Air travellers will need to show proof of vaccination prior to arrival but will still need to show a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of boarding their flight. A negative COVID-19 test will not be required for entry through the country’s land border and ferry ports.
Unvaccinated travellers will continue to be banned from crossing the borders with Mexico or Canada, officials said. Those who were never banned from travelling across the land borders, including commercial drivers and students, will also need to show proof of vaccination when crossing starting in January, giving them some time to adjust to the new rules.