Mexico City, 14 October 2021 (TDI): The Mexican Chancellor, Marcelo Ebrard, the US Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas; and the Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, announced the reopening of US borders.
Blair stated that fully vaccinated Canadians will be able to travel to the US. He also remarked that the US and Canada have been working together for the past 18 months. This was to protect Canadians from Covid-19, and to ensure the flow of essential goods and services. Finally, Blair mentioned that this announcement represents one more step towards normality.
Mayorkas, on the other side; stated that following the new international air travel system that Homeland Security will start to allow travelers from Mexico and Canada, for non-essential purposes. The US borders will reopen in an escalated way. Mayorkas also mentions that the cross-border travels and activities creates a significant economic activity, that benefits the US.
Finally, Ebrard, aside from the fact that only fully vaccinated citizens will be able to travel to the US; he also mentions that citizens with authorized vaccines will be able to do so. Ebrard confirmed the re-opening in the press conference given by the President, and via Twitter.
The Chancellor also informed that the activities will resume in the first days of November. Ebrard also reminded that the re-opening of the activities in the border is a priority for President Biden. The Note also mentions that the re-opening of the boarder was one of the topics discussed during the visit of the Vice-President, Kamala Harris.
Ebrard enunciated that the vaccination is necessary to be able to travel; hence why the emphasis to accelerate it. The Chancellor also remarked that they are working in the health sector to determine the vaccination certificates.
Ebrard finished the statement by reaffirming the commitment of the Government to cooperate with the US. This is to safeguard the health and safety of the citizens of both countries.