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The US will open its borders to fully vaccinated travellers by air, land or passenger ferry starting November 8th.

Travellers will need to be fully-immunized with a COVID-19 vaccination approved by the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Air travellers will still be required to show a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival and departure.

Non-essential travellers who are travelling by land will not be required to show a negative COVID-19 test, but must prove their vaccination status to a border agent.

By January, essential travellers crossing at a land border will also be required to be fully vaccinated.

While the news is welcome to most, some details from US officials, like what form of proof and what will be accepted as vaccination status, are still being worked out.

It was only recently that the CDC accepted AstraZeneca as an approved COVID-19 vaccination.

Additionally, Canada has been mixing and matching Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccines for some time and its unclear whether the US will accept that as proof of fully-immunized vaccination status, despite the proof of efficacy.

The US has yet to mix approved COVID-19 vaccinations.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Canada-US border has been closed to non-essential travel.

Canada opened its border to US travellers in early August. 

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