The United States is set to reopen its land borders with Canada in early November to travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a U.S. congressman said late Tuesday.
New York Rep. Brian Higgins said in a statement to Global News that proof of vaccination will be required for non-essential travellers to enter the U.S. starting next month, but did not provide an exact date for when the new rules will take effect.
“At long last, there is action by the United States to open the doors and welcome back our Canadian neighbours,” he said.
The White House had already announced last month that fully vaccinated travellers will be allowed to enter the U.S. by air starting in early November. An exact date for those new rules has not yet been announced.
Canada lifted its restrictions on land border crossings in August, allowing fully vaccinated travellers to enter from the U.S. Fully vaccinated people are also allowed to enter via air travel.
The White House declined to follow suit as the fourth wave of the pandemic — fuelled by the Delta variant — saw cases and hospitalizations skyrocket in several states, with over 2,000 people dying from the virus nationwide every day on average in late September.
Over 700,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
The current deadline for the U.S. to reopen its borders with Canada and Mexico is Oct. 21.
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