The Biden administration will open land borders to non-essential travel starting in November – but only to those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
why it matters: Government officials and business leaders have downplayed the economic impact of pandemic travel restrictions on border communities. He called on America to reopen borders Given the high, and rising, vaccination rates out there.
What are you saying: An administration official told reporters on Tuesday evening that officials would implement the land border vaccine requirements in two phases.
- Beginning next month, non-essential travelers from Mexico and Canada who provide proof of full vaccination will be allowed to enter the US at land ports of entry. Unvaccinated people will not be allowed into the US for non-essential reasons such as travel and visiting friends and family.
- Air travel restrictions will also be lifted in early November, as announced last month.
- Beginning in January, everyone crossing US land borders will be required to be fully vaccinated – whether they are arriving for essential or non-essential reasons.
What are they saying: “It’s long overdue,” Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) told Nerdshala on Tuesday. He said the delay in the US decision to fully reopen the border has had a disastrous effect.
- “I’m really concerned that some of these businesses won’t reopen and I think border communities have been disproportionately harmed,” Escobar said.
- Escobar said how the protocols are implemented will be important. “I want to make sure it doesn’t create a hindrance at our ports,” she said.
what to watch: Despite the easing of some coronavirus-related travel restrictions, the Biden administration continues to use a Trump-era policy tied to the pandemic, which has allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers to be quickly returned to Mexico.
- Escobar said he believes Title 42 “should have been removed a long time ago. I don’t think Title 42 protects the health, safety and welfare of migrants or agents,” she said.