US to reopen borders with Canada, Mexico

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The United States will reopen its border with Canada and Mexico to fully vaccinated foreign nationals starting in early November.

The rules, which will be formally announced by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday, will cover land borders and ferry crossings.

They are similar, but not identical, to planned requirements announced last month for international air travellers, officials said.

"Since the beginning of the pandemic, members of our shared cross-border community have felt the pain and economic hardship of the land border closures," Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.

"That pain is about to end."

Officials from President Joe Biden's administration emphasised the White House would not lift the 'Title 42' order put in place by former president Donald Trump that essentially cut off access to asylum for hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking to enter from Mexico.

The precise date in early November when restrictions will be lifted will be announced "very soon", officials said.

Canada has since August 9 been allowing fully vaccinated US visitors into the country for non-essential travel.

The border closures with Canada, which have been in place for 19 months to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, have hit border communities hard and US politicians have been pushing the White House to lift restrictions.

The White House announced on September 20 the United States would in early November lift travel restrictions on fully vaccinated air travellers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe.

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