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US Frees Up Land Border Crossings with Canada and Mexico

Starting in November 2021, fully vaccinated Canadians will have fewer restrictions when entering the U.S. through land and ferry border points of entry between the U.S. and Canada and the U.S. and Mexico. No specific date has been announced for when these new rules come into effect.

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, made the announcement as follows: “In alignment with the new international air travel system that will be implemented in November, we 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 specific details have not been fully disclosed. One open question, for example, is whether proof of vaccination will be accepted for Canadians who received a mixed dose of different vaccines.

We expect more specific information to become available by early November 2021.

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