US to open land borders to vaccinated travelers in ‘early November’
Buffalo, New York — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided a date after it was previously announced that foreign travelers would soon be able to cross United States borders.
Starting November 8, travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter the U.S. with proper documentation. This includes land ports of entry and ferry terminals.
Non-citizen travelers will need to provide at the border proof of vaccination.
“We are pleased to take another step toward easing travel restrictions at our borders in a manner that strengthens our economy and protects the health and safety of the American public,” said DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “We continue working closely with our international partners to sustainably implement new rules for resuming travel.”
In March last year travel restrictions were first implemented at U.S. borders.
Rep. Brian Higgins has been a strong proponent of ending those closures. “A robust cross-border exchange between the United States and Canada is fundamental to our binational relationship and mutually beneficial to our nations’ citizens, businesses, and economies,” he said earlier this month. “Strong vaccination rates in Canada made the continued border shutdown absurd and unjustifiable.”
According to Higgins, more information is needed. The Congressman, who serves as co-chair of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group and the Northern Border Caucus, released a new statement on Saturday morning.
“There has been a slow, painful drip of information detailing the reopening of the Northern Border rather than clear and concise directives the public needs and deserves,” Higgins said. “This is contributing to frustration and confusion. Initial details are welcome and with just a week to go, explicit information is needed to allow people to comfortably and confidently cross the border.”