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The US has set a date to reopen its borders to vaccinated foreign visitors

The US has set a date to reopen its borders to vaccinated foreign visitors


The White House said the US will lift border restrictions effective November 8th

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The US-Canada border reopened to vaccinated visitors
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The White House announced Friday that the US is reopening its land and air borders to vaccinated foreign nationals on November 8th. State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press briefing that details will be available ahead of November 8th for airline passengers and people arriving at US land borders for what they’ll need to show full proof of vaccination against COVID-19

As part of pandemic restrictions, non-essential travelers from more than 30 countries had been barred from entering the US since March 2020. This latest news comes as the White House announced Tuesday that the US was ending restrictions at the borders and ferry crossings with Mexico and Canada for foreign nationals vaccinated against COVID-19.

Canada began allowing vaccinated US visitors into the country for non-essential travel in August. Travelers seeking to enter Canada will be required to fill out a questionnaire using the ArriveCAN app and need to demonstrate a quarantine plan in case they don’t meet Canada’s requirements for quarantine exemption.

Last month, the White House said the US would end restrictions on air travel from more than 30 countries in early November but didn’t provide a date.

Non-US air travelers will be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight and proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. For foreign visitors crossing into the US at a land border, only proof of vaccination will be required.

Update October 16th 9:23AM ET: Adds confirmation from White House and comment from State Department