Reports indicate that President Joe Biden is about to reopen America’s land borders with Canada and Mexico to vaccinated nonessential travelers.
This move will end the 19-month long suspension that was placed on such travel towards the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, back in March of 2020.
This latest decision, which will amend Title 19 regulations, is expected to go into effect in early November.
At that time, nonessential travelers will be allowed to enter America via land and ferry ports of entry so long as they are vaccinated against the coronavirus. By “nonessential travelers,” what is really meant is people who are traveling to America for nonessential reasons, such as to visit family.
When such travelers attempt to enter the country by vehicle, rail, or ferry, they will be questioned about their vaccination status as part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection admissions process, and they will have to provide documentation to support their response. But, it will be left up to the officer’s discretion as to whether to verify that proof.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will determine some of the rules, such as which coronavirus vaccines will be accepted.
It does not appear that these nonessential travelers will have to also provide a negative coronavirus test.
This comes as part of a two-part process that the Biden administration is currently putting into action. We are still in phase one of that process.
Currently, essential travelers from Canada and Mexico are allowed to cross the United States’ borders regardless of their vaccination status.
But, as with land travelers, air travelers too, starting in early November, will have to be fully vaccinated in order to gain entry to the United States. Biden announced this requirement last month. It is unclear why he put off the announcement for land travelers until this month.
Phase two of this process will be requiring all U.S. visitors, whether traveling for essential or nonessential reasons, to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. This will go into effect in January of 2022.
The Biden administration has been heavily criticized for the obvious double standard, since it has no such requirements for the illegal aliens who have been continuously entering America since Biden took office. In response, the administration claims that it will continue expelling illegal aliens under Title 42 of the Health Code.