U.S. officials announced plans to lift restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico starting in early November.
The move will end the curbs that have been in place for non-essential travel since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
The news was announced by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandra Mayorkas, who said in a statement that the administration “will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated 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.”
The move was praised by several lawmakers from states along the Canadian border.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, members of our shared cross-border community have felt the pain and economic hardship of the land border closures. That pain is about to end,” said Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader, said in a statement.
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