The United States on Monday resumed border crossings via land and ferry for nonessential reasons to travelers who are fully vaccinated against the CCP virus, following more than a year of disruptions due to COVID-19 restrictions.
"Travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation are now permitted to enter the United States via our land and ferry border crossings for nonessential reasons such as visiting friends and family and engaging in tourism," he said.
"We made a life-saving move with early action on China. Now, we must take the same action with Europe," Trump said in his address at the time, referring to how his administration suspended travel from China to the United States in January 2020.
Unvaccinated individuals are currently still allowed to engage in essential travel, although, starting in January 2022, "all inbound foreign national travelers crossing U.S. land POEs or ferry terminals—whether for essential or nonessential reasons—must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination," the DHS said.
The reopening will have a profound effect on the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada, where traveling back and forth was a way of life until the pandemic hit and the United States shut down nonessential travel.
Tijuana's border with San Diego is one of the busiest in the world, with thousands crossing to work, study or shop daily.
Jose Garcia, the director of migrant shelter Movimiento Juventud 2000 in Tijuana, said there has been a lot of misinformation spreading on the reopening, reminding illegal immigrants that "the reopening of the border is for people who have papers, a visa, to cross and it's not a reopening for people to cross and ask for asylum and humanitarian aid."
The United States will accept travelers who have been fully vaccinated with any of the shots approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization, not just those in use in the United States. That's a relief for many in Canada, where the AstraZeneca vaccine is widely used.