An international Rainbow Bridge connecting Niagara Falls, Ontario. Niagara Falls, NY will appear on October 13, 2021. After a record long closure due to concerns about COVID-19, the US border will resume in November on a non-essential trip to fully vaccinated Canadians. (Canadian Press / Aaron Linette)
Washington-White House officials have said today that the United States will reopen its borders to non-essential visitors vaccinated on November 8.
Officials say they will speak anonymously to discuss policies that have not yet been announced, and travelers will need to provide evidence of vaccination to Customs and Border Protection officials upon request.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently working on operational details, including those that make up acceptable evidence and “very limited” exceptions that may be allowed.
Vaccines approved by both the US Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization have been accepted for international air travel, and authorities expect the same to be true at borders.
What remains unclear is whether people who have been vaccinated with two different vaccines, a condition affecting approximately 4 million Canadians, are considered fully vaccinated.
New York State Legislature Brian Higgins sent a letter to the CDC requesting authorities to quickly clarify their stance on mixed-dose vaccines.