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DHS: Fully vaccinated foreign travelers can cross US borders starting November 8

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After it was previously announced that foreign travelers would soon be able to cross United States borders, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided a date.

On Saturday, it was revealed that travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter the U.S. with proper documentation starting November 8. This includes land ports of entry and ferry terminals.

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At the border, non-citizen travelers will need to provide proof of vaccination and a reason for why they’re entering the U.S.

“We are pleased to take another step toward easing travel restrictions at our borders in a manner that strengthens our economy and protects the health and safety of the American public,” said DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “We continue working closely with our international partners to sustainably implement new rules for resuming travel.”  

Travel restrictions at U.S. borders were first implemented in March of last year. Rep. Brian Higgins has been a strong proponent ending those closures.

“A robust cross-border exchange between the United States and Canada is fundamental to our binational relationship and mutually beneficial to our nations’ citizens, businesses and economies,” he said earlier this month. “Strong vaccination rates in Canada made the continued border shutdown absurd and unjustifiable.”

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Evan Anstey is an Associated Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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