US plans to ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors from Canada and Mexico from early November, easing bans that have been in place for more than 18 months, according to senior administration officials. The new rules, which are similar to those advertised for international air passengers , will be deployed on an approach The first phase, which will begin in early November, will allow fully vaccinated visitors traveling for non-essential reasons, such as visiting friends or for tourism, to cross US land s. The second phase, which will begin in early January 2022 , will apply the vaccination obligation to all incoming foreign travelers, who'they travel for essential or non-essential reasons. These new vaccination requirements deploy the best tool we have in our arsenal to keep people safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19 and will create a consistent and strict protocol for all foreign nationals traveling to the United States. whether by land or air, a senior administration official told reporters. The United States has limited non-essential ground travel along its s with Canada and Mexico since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and extending these restrictions on a monthly basis. Air travel between the United States and these countries was possible. Restrictions do not apply to cross- trade, to citizensAmericans and legal permanent residents, as well as people traveling for medical purposes or to go to school, among others. The last set of restrictions are due to expire on October 21. Senior administration officials have said the limits on cross- travel will remain in place until a date soon to be released in November. Read more A Trump-era public health order that allows for the rapid deportation of more than 958,000 migrants will also remain in effect. These restrictions, while also based on public health, are necessary because of concerns about migrants in assembly places during processing, officials said. Travel restrictions have come under close scrutiny by lobbyists, lawmakers and mayors who have pleaded with the Biden administration to adjust limoths to meet t The Changing Landscape. New York Governor Kathy Hochul greeted the news Tuesday night. I applaud our federal partners for reopening our s with Canada, which I have been calling for since the start of the closure, the Democratic governor said in a statement. Canada is not only our trading partner, but more importantly, Canadians are our neighbors and our friends. New York Representative Brian Higgins, a Democrat who represents a district in the Buffalo area , also announced the decision, saying that “the high vaccination rates in Canada made the continued closure absurd and unjustifiable. For months we have been hearing from businesses suffering and families shattered by the separation imposed by the continued closure of the s. The sigh of relief coming from the northern communities after this announcement is so strong that we can see.You can practically hear it at either end of the Peace Bridge. When asked about the timing of the reopening of the s, the White House has repeatedly highlighted the interagency work g groups that have formed over the summer. Supervised. by the White House Covid-19 Response Team and the National Security Council, the groups included representatives from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as officials from state departments, from Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Transportation. US officials have also been linked with officials from the European Union, UK, Canada and Mexico. increased availability of vaccines ty obviously in Canada, which now has very high vaccination rates, as well as in Mexico. And we wanted to have a consistent approach for land and air entry in this country.s and so this is the next step to align them, ”said the senior administration official. The United States has previously told Canadians that the Biden administration wants the rules on the two land s to remain symmetrical, a source close to the talks told CNN, despite different situations and inconsistencies. with air travel rules.The US-Mexico has faced an influx of migrants that has exceeded resources, prompting some concern among US customs and protection officials over the 'easing travel restrictions on the southern of the United States while increasing staff to help a small increase in the number of migrants. CBP will be responsible for enforcing the newly announced vaccination requirement, including research for attImmunization status statements and the spot check of travelers for verification of immunization status by paper or digitally, according to another senior administration official. There will be no testing requirement. This story has been updated with the reaction.