COVID-19 has impacted the travel industry in many ways, both domestically and internationally.
Over the past year and a half, the U.S. has implemented travel restrictions for those visiting from other countries, barring most non-U.S. citizens from traveling into the country. But, not long after the recent announcement that the U.S. would be easing international travel restrictions for those who are vaccinated traveling from the EU or U.K., the White House has announced more changes.
According to CNN, senior administration officials have shared that the U.S. will begin easing land border and ferry crossings travel restrictions in early November for fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico. This will mark the beginning of a phased approach to lifting restrictions that have been in place for more than 18 months.
Similar to the new international travel requirements for EU and U.K. travelers, the first phase will begin in early November 2021 and will allow fully vaccinated people to travel from Canada and Mexico to the U.S. for nonessential reasons. And, in January 2022, the second phase will require all visitors from these countries to be fully vaccinated, regardless of the reason for traveling. This will further align air, land, and ferry travel policies.
The White House has not yet announced the exact date when the new international travel policy will go into place. The most recent set of restrictions are set to expire on October 21st, though these likely will be extended until a date in November.
We’ll be watching for a definitive date in November when the new travel rules are active so be sure to keep checking back with AllEars for the latest!