It’s official! The U.S. has announced the opening of land borders for Canadian and Mexican visitors who intend to visit the U.S., from November. This was annouced earlier today by the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, allowing visitors who are fully vaccinated visitors for COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including to visit friends and family or for tourism, via land and ferry border crossings.
Lawmakers in both the U.S. and Canada have appreciated the gesture of finally lifting the restrictions that have been in place since March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has significantly harmed the economies of both countries and has prevented visits to friends and families for more than 19 months.
Unvaccinated visitors will still be restricted from entering the United States from Canada or Mexico at land borders. The exact date of lifting the travel restrictions will be announced soon. Canada had lifted the restrictions for American visitors since August 9, 2021, for non-essential travel.