The United States will reopen its land borders with Mexico and Canada starting in November for people who are vaccinated against covid-19. The decision comes after 19 months with the border crossings closed due to the pandemic and many others of negotiation between the two governments to reactivate the area. On the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US agency for epidemic surveillance, citizens who have received the complete vaccination plan of an injection will be allowed to enter through ports and by land. approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), as reported by the Department of Security in a statement. The Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, explained this Wednesday that they will hold meetings during the next few weeks between the two administrations to close the details and establish the exact date of the reopening.
“As of the first days of November, they will determine the exact date, they will resume the activities. It means that land and air travel to the United States will be allowed for people who are vaccinated, ”said Ebrard this Wednesday at the daily morning conference of the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “We have to see the types of certificates [de vacunación] that Mexico has, there are many questions, different types of universes of people, “added the Foreign Minister, who assured that it was the Secretary of National Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayorkas, who notified him on Tuesday of the reopening. As of September of this year, the WHO had approved immunizations for Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
The reopening of the border with the United States was something that urged Mexico. Until now, only travelers considered essential could pass, a category that includes residents, workers, people studying in the United States, citizens traveling for medical care, diplomats and the military. The reopening will now include those who want to go sightseeing or shopping, a very common practice for Mexicans living on the border. Entry will also be allowed for those who want to “visit friends and family,” explains the statement from the US Department of Security.
“Cross-border travel creates significant economic activity in our border communities and benefits our economy at the border. We are happy to take these steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable way, ”the statement quoted Mayorkas as saying. The plan to reopen the area has been on the table for months. With that goal in mind, the Biden Administration gave Mexico 1.3 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines in June to be administered at the border alone.
The reactivation will take place in two stages. The first will be the reopening in November for non-essential travelers who must present the necessary documentation to prove that they have received the complete vaccination plan. The second will begin in January, when the requirement that all travelers entering the United States be fully vaccinated and have a certificate to prove it will go into effect. This second stage is planned for the beginning of next year, as detailed by the Department of Security, to give time to workers and essential travelers, who until now did not need to be vaccinated, to do so.
“This new travel system will create consistent and strict protocols for all foreign nationals traveling to the United States, whether by air, land, or ferry, and represents the wide availability of covid-19 vaccines,” the announcement concluded. Biden Administration.
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