U.S. to Reopen Land Borders Next Month to Vaccinated Travelers

A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols along a new section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in El Paso, Texas, August 27, 2020. (Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuter)

The U.S. is set to reopen its land borders to nonessential travel in November, lifting a 19-month ban that was implemented at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biden administration announced Wednesday.

The shift will allow fully-vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. via vehicle, rail and ferry travel for any reason beginning early next month, when a similar loosening of restrictions is set to take effect for air travel. The U.S. announced last month it would end country-based travel bans for air travel and would instead require foreign nationals seeking to enter the country to be fully-vaccinated.

However, while those who travel via plane must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight to enter the U.S., no testing will be required to enter the U.S. by land or sea.

By mid-January, even essential travelers trying to enter the U.S., such as truck drivers, will be required to be fully vaccinated.

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