WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. announced this morning that it will begin reopening its borders to fully vaccinated foreign nationals starting in November.
The update came from Jeff Zients, who is coordinating the White House’s COVID-19 response.
All international travellers flying to the U.S. will need to demonstrate proof of vaccination before boarding, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of flight.
Fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to quarantine, according to Zeints. He also announced the U.S. President Joe Biden will also require airlines to collect contact information from international travelers to facilitate contact tracing.
The U.S. side of the Canada-U.S. land border has been closed since March 2020. Canada reopened its side to fully vaccinated American travellers on Aug. 9. Canada then reopened to all fully vaccinated foreign nationals on Sept. 7.
Canada’s advisory against all non-essential travel is still in place. Also today, the U.S. again extended its land border closure with Canada until Oct. 21.
If the U.S. also reopens its land border with Canada this November, the big question for many Canadians looking to travel to the U.S. in the coming months will be whether or not the U.S. will update its stance to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine, as well as mixed doses. Close to 2 million Canadians received the AstraZeneca vaccine, and almost 4 million Canadians have mixed dose vaccinations.
With file from The Associated Press