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U.S. to ease restrictions on vaccinated travelers entering through Canadian, Mexican borders

It is the first easing of nonessential foreign travel since the pandemic began.

Updated: October 12, 2021 - 11:36pm

The Biden administration will reportedly reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month provided travelers are vaccinated, ending a 19-month ban that began at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vehicle, rail and ferry travel between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to essential travel, such as trade.

The Associated Press reported the new rules will be announced Wednesday, and permit fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason for travel starting in early November.

By mid-January, even essential travelers seeking to enter the U.S., like truck drivers, will need to be fully vaccinated, AP reported.