Starting next month, and for the first time since March 2020, the United States will open its land and sea borders with Canada and Mexico to vaccinated foreign visitors, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Myorks confirmed this morning (Wednesday).
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Unvaccinated tourists who come from both countries will not be able to enter the United States.
Sources in the ministry told Reuters that under the new U.S. entry laws, which are expected to be officially announced later today, will be somewhat similar to those announced last month for international travelers interested in entering the country.
US-Mexico border crossing, August 2021, Photo: AFP
U.S. lawmakers living in countries bordering Canada and Mexico welcomed the move, which they said hurt the economies of local communities and also prevented visits from family and friends from both sides.
Chuck Schumer, the Democratic senator for New York State and the majority leader in the Senate, said that "the pain that has accompanied them on this issue since the plague broke out is about to end."
Despite the new guidelines, foreign tourists wishing to enter the U.S. by land or sea will not necessarily have to prove that they were indeed vaccinated against corona unless asked to do so by border crossing representatives. This is in contrast to foreign visitors wishing to enter the country by flights Proof that they were indeed vaccinated against the virus, in addition to presenting a negative corona test.