It’s official. The U.S. will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated international travelers, including visitors from the UK and 26 Schengen countries in the EU, starting November 8. This will apply to the United States land, air and ferry crossings for all international arrivals. The reopening date was reported by Reuters earlier on Friday.
No Testing Requirements For Land Border Crossings
The new guidance states that travelers crossing into the United States via one of the land borders with Mexico or Canada for non-essential purposes will not have to show any negative Covid test results before entry. While non-essential travel across the U.S. land border has been restricted since the beginning of the pandemic, no proof of Covid test results have ever been required at any land border crossing in the U.S.
Friday’s news comes following the announcement by the White House on Wednesday that the U.S will lift restrictions for non-essential travel at the land borders as well as ferry crossings with Mexico and Canada for fully vaccinated foreign nationals. No date was specified during the announcement on Wednesday, but officials said it was going to be in “early November.”
The current land border restrictions were set to expire on October 21, following months of extensions. The restrictions will now be extended until the reopening date on November 8.
Countries On Travel List To Enter U.S. From November 8
Officials announced back in September that the U.S. would lift restrictions for air travelers coming from 33 countries. Effective November 8, fully vaccinated travelers from 26 countries in the Schengen Area, as well as the UK, Ireland, Brazil, China, India, Iran and South Africa will be allowed to travel to the U.S. by air for non-essential purposes.
U.S. Entry Requirements For Fully Vaccinated Travelers
As part of its reopening plan, the U.S. will require proof of vaccination for all international arrivals starting November 8. This will include arrivals from Canada and Mexico.
Unlike with the land border, international arrivals will still have to show proof of a negative Covid test result pre-departure.
U.S. passport holders will also be subject to the testing requirements when returning home via air. But, the guidance differs for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
Vaccinated U.S. travelers arriving from an international destination must show proof of a negative test result taken no later than 72 hours (3 calendar days) before departure. Unvaccinated travelers will be required to show a negative Covid test taken only 1 day prior to departure, and will have to take another Covid test upon entry.
Vaccines Approved By The WHO And CDC Will Be Accepted
The Centers for Disease Control announced later on Friday that it will recognize travelers who’ve received mixed vaccine doses (for instance, one AstraZeneca and one Pfizer dose) as fully vaccinated. This follows last week’s news that the CDC will accept both the FDA-approved vaccines as well as the ones authorized by the WHO for travel into the United States.
Travelers Delighted By The News
It’s no doubt that travelers and those in the travel industry are thrilled with today’s news. This will be the first time in almost 20 months where travelers will be able to cross the U.S. border by land for tourism, leisure and for personal reasons such as visiting loved ones.
Border towns on the Canadian and U.S. side are eager to welcome visitors and see a boost for their businesses. Many people took to Twitter to share their personal excitement of being able to travel to their favorite destinations in the U.S. again and reuniting with family members, using the hashtag #LoveIsNotTourism
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