Image source, Image caption, The United States has closed its land swith Canada and Mexico since March 2020
The United States has said it will reopen its land s with Mexico and Canada to fully vaccinated travelers starting in November.
This means that people sealed away from the United States due to the pandemic can enter - for any reason - using land and sea crossings.
Unvaccinated travelers will still be prohibited from entering the United States from Mexico and Canada by land. Air travel is permitted with a negative Covid test.
The United States has restricted travel from Mexico and Canada since March 2020.
"We are happy to take steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable manner, "Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.
Currently, most non-U.S. citizens who aree have traveled to UK, China, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil and a number of European countries in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the US.
But these rules will also be lifted in November, , the Biden administration announced last month.
Essential travelers, including students, truck drivers, US citizens and workers in the health have never been prohibited from crossing land s. However, from January 2022, they will also need to show proof of vaccination to enter the United States from Mexico or Canada.
"This approach will allow sufficient time for essential travelers ... to get vaccinated, the Department of Homeland Security said .
An exact date in November has not yet been announced, but will be "very soon ", an official told the Reuters news agency.
Ca nada opened its to fully vaccinated travelers from the United States on August 9. The Mexican has remained open throughout the pandemic.
A controversial law that allows the United States to quickly deport undocumented migrants to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in detention centers will remain in place , report the American media. Border legislation, known as Title 42, has cut off access to asylum for hundreds of thousands of migrants trying to enter Mexico.
Image source, Image caption, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Biden is "doing the right thing " "
News of the reopening has drawn praise from US lawmakers with circumions along the Canadian .
Among them was Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Majority Leader in the Senate.
"Kudos to President Biden for doing the right thing and increasing cross- travel between Canada and the United States," he said.
"This reopening will be good news for countlesss businesses, caregivers, families and loved ones who depend on travel across the northern , "New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand added.
The new announcement rules in September came as a surprise to many - the following days after the U.S. government said it was not a good time to lift the restrictions.
The United States registered some 44 , 5 million cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and more than 716,000 deaths.
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