Canadians can finally drive to the U.S. as the U.S. – Canada land border will reopen for non-essential trips next month.
The border closed on March 20, 2020, due to COVID-19.
Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter the United States via land and ferry ports of entry.
The U.S. has not yet announced the exact date from which land border crossings are allowed.
Secretary Mayorkas said, “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.”
As per the news release, all fully vaccinated foreign national travellers can cross U.S. land or ferry POEs – whether for essential or non-essential reasons – starting January 2022. This means that all essential travellers such as truckers, students, and healthcare workers who cross the United States’ land/water border should be vaccinated.
In addition to appropriate travel documents required to enter the U.S., visitors will also need to provide proof of vaccination. The details of the type of proof required are yet to be determined.
They have also not yet announced whether those who received mixed vaccine doses are considered fully vaccinated.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already announced that those who received COVID-19 vaccines approved by or recognized for emergency use by the World Health Organization or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are allowed to enter the United States.
Canada is developing a pan-Canadian, secure, and standardized proof of vaccination for international travel in partnership with provinces and territories.