The US government will require essential travelers crossing the country’s borders to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 beginning January 22.
A White House spokesperson told the news web portal Axios that the measure will apply to non-US citizens who are classified as essential travelers.
Among them are the truck drivers, government workers and first responders, details the information.
The decision responds to the recent opening of land borders with Canada and Mexico for non-essential travel, and which benefits travelers who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The spokesperson details that the new mandate does not include US citizens and permanent residents, who will be able to enter the country even when they are not vaccinated.
However, he clarifies, they must show a negative test and other requirements that confirm that they are not infected.
On November 8, the United States reopened its land borders to non-essential travel after a 20-month shutdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Despite this, different rules about COVID-19 vaccines threatened to delay family reunions.
Currently air travel also has restrictions for travelers who have not been vaccinated with products approved by the WHO or the FDA to combat the coronavirus.
Thousands of Latin Americans who were immunized with the Russian Sputnik V and the Cuban Abdala or Soberana, have been unable to enter the country due to these restrictions.
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