White House says it will lift ban in early November

The U.S. Canada land border

The U.S. government will lift travel restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers, reuniting families who have been separated since March 2020.

All travelers hoping to enter the United States at a land border crossing will need to show proof of vaccination, White House officials told reporters on Tuesday.

Those who are unvaccinated will still be banned from entering at land borders for non-essential travel, such as for tourism and visiting family.

Truck drivers and students, who have been allowed to cross the land borders with no restrictions, will need to show proof of full vaccination starting in January 2022.

"This phased approach will provide ample time for essential travelers such as truckers and others to get vaccinated, enabling a smooth transition to this new system," an administration official said.

Officials did not give an exact date for when they will lift the restrictions. The Biden administration announced last month that starting in November, travelers entering the country by air will need to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.

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