US Borders to Reopen for Vaccinated Travelers

Posted on October 31, 2021 by

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Should the borders be reopened for those who are vaccinated? Regardless of one’s opinion, the U.S. plans to reopen its land borders with Canada and Mexico, but travelers need proof that they are vaccinated in order to travel or cross the border. 

The Biden administration plans to lift travel restrictions at the borders starting in November. The reason they are reopening them is for those in the U.S. who have been separated from their family members during the pandemic. The borders have been closed for nearly nineteen months, and the Covid-19 pandemic has been around for almost two years. 

There is now a vaccine for this virus to stop spreading. Many of those who want the vaccine have received it, but many are still skeptical about it and are hesitant to get it. 

Nevertheless, the pandemic is still occurring, and there are new variants of the disease, such as the delta variant. This means that the virus has been getting stronger. The new U.S. requirements are only going to welcome those who are vaccinated. If citizens are not vaccinated, then they are still prohibited from crossing the border.

 “These restrictions in Erie County cost at least $660 Million annually,” Senator Kristen Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, said.

Gillibrand thinks that, once the government reopens the borders, the alteration is going to help businesses, medical providers, and families. Those who want to cross the U.S. border will be questioned by the border protection officers for vaccination proof before they are allowed to cross. These officers are also allowed to do a second screening on them to see if it’s true in their documents. Not only are border agents going to do this for the land borders, but they are also going to be doing this in airports as well.

Travelers will need to show two examples of proof. One example is showing a negative Covid-19 test. The other is proof of vaccination. 

There are many ways people can get approval to cross the borders, as long as they are vaccinated.

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