Borders Reopening for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

The United States plans to ease restrictions on travel for fully vaccinated visitors from Mexico and Canada beginning early next month. The new rules will be rolled out in phases starting with fully vaccinated visitors traveling for nonessential reasons such as visiting friends or for tourism. The second phase starting in January 2022 will apply the vaccination requirements to all inbound foreign travelers whether traveling for essential or nonessential reasons.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the United States has been limiting nonessential travel along it’s Canada and Mexico borders and extending restrictions on a monthly basis. Air travel between the U.S. and those countries has been possible and the restrictions didn’t apply to cross-border trade, U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents as well as people traveling for medical purposes or to attend school among other things. The latest set of restrictions is set to expire on October 21st but officials say the limits on cross-border travel will remain in effect until the new restrictions are put in place in November.