Cancellation of travel ban for fully vaccinated Mexicans still in effect for November 8
EL PASO, Texas (Border report) – The US government has extended non-essential travel restrictions, which were due to expire Thursday evening, until January 21, 2022.
However, the announcement published on Thursday afternoon in the federal register makes it clear that the Homeland Security Secretary intends to exempt people fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The notice does not mention the exemption date for the fully vaccinated, but the White House told reporters earlier that it would be November 8.
“This notification announces the secretary’s decision to continue to temporarily restrict non-essential travel of people from Mexico to the United States at land entry points along the (border)” to those who are not vaccinated, the notification.
DHS says the changes align land ports with policies already in place at airports.
The restrictions were implemented in March 2020 to reduce the cross-border spread of COVID-19. They included tourism and shopping, but made exceptions for commerce, legitimate business travel, and education, among others. Returning US citizens and lawful permanent residents were also able to return to the country.
Thursday’s notification authorizes U.S. customs and border protection officials to continue enforcing the travel ban on people who are unvaccinated and who are not coming to the United States on essential business. In January, everyone, including those traveling for essential purposes, must be fully immunized, the White House said earlier.