United States

US open air and land border after 20 months restriction ban

11:59, 08 November 2021
US open air and land border after 20 months restriction ban Photo: pixabay

The US finally reopened the land borders with neighboring Canada and Mexico and air borders for travelers on November 8. However, those who will cross the border will be demanded to show proof of vaccination within the rules of US Customs and Border Protection.

The citizens of foreign countries will again be allowed to enter the country if they can provide a certificate of vaccination with one of the drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). 

The list of approved meds is consist of  BioNTech / Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, as well as AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Sinopharm, and Sinovac vaccines.

In addition, the foreign travelers will have to present a negative COVID-19 test, which has to be made no earlier than three days before entering the country. The United States citizens returning home are not required to show proof of vaccination.

The vaccinated travelers will be able to visit the US for "non-essential" trips such as tourism or visiting relatives from November 8. The unvaccinated people will be allowed to enter the US for "essential" trips, as they have been for the last year and a half.

In early January 2022, all visitors must be fully vaccinated to enter the country by land, no matter the reason for their trip.

The travel restrictions were introduced 20 months ago by ex-President Donald Trump and upheld by Joe Biden. The ban has been widely criticized by Americans and the world society.