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DHS publishes rules for opening land borders to foreign nationals next month

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DHS publishes rules for opening land borders to foreign nationals next month

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The regulations, which apply to foreign nationals vaccinated against Covid-19, are similar to the guidelines for air travel that the Biden administration outlined earlier this week.
“Non-national travelers should be prepared to (1) provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as stated on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website; and (2) verbally attest to the reason for their trip and COVID-19 vaccination status during a border inspection, ”the department said in a statement.

According to the CDC, accepted vaccines include those “approved or licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration,” such as the Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as well as “vaccines listed for use. emergency (EUL) by the World Health Organization ”, such as AstraZeneca.

In recent months, travel restrictions on people wishing to enter the United States have turned into a major transatlantic divide. European leaders, frustrated by the apparent lack of progress, began to publicly voice their grievances. They said the rules hurt relations between Europe and the United States.

The new rules, the White House said, will be rolled out in phases. The first phase, which will begin in early November, will allow fully vaccinated visitors traveling for non-essential reasons, such as visiting friends or for tourism, to cross U.S. land borders.

The second phase, which will begin in early January, will apply the vaccination obligation to all incoming foreign travelers.

“We are pleased to take another step towards easing travel restrictions at our borders in a way that strengthens our economy and protects the health and safety of the American public,” the Homeland Security Secretary said on Friday, Alejandro Mayorkas, in the agency’s press release. “We continue to work closely with our international partners to implement new travel take-back rules in a sustainable manner.”

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