The new rules will be put into effect from November 8.

The White House on Friday announced that from November 8, all travel restrictions to the United States would be lifted for fully vaccinated foreign citizens crossing land borders and arriving at the country’s international airports.

For the first time, restrictions on crossing land borders with Canada and Mexico were introduced in March 2020 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The first restrictions for foreign air passengers were introduced in January 2020 against people arriving from China and then spread to dozens of other countries and were never completely lifted.

The United States has lagged behind many other countries in lifting such restrictions, and allies have welcomed the move. Travelers from most of the world have been unable to enter the U.S. for nearly 20 months, including tens of thousands of foreign nationals with relatives or doing business in the United States.

The White House on Tuesday announced that it would lift restrictions on crossing land borders and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign citizens in early November. These requirements are similar but not identical to the requirements that were introduced last month for air passengers arriving from other countries.

Unvaccinated foreigners entering the United States from Canada or Mexico by land will continue to be banned from entering the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Reuters last week that the United States will require foreigners to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with drugs approved by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization.

A few more questions remain to be resolved, including how and what exceptions the Biden administration will make in relation to vaccines.

From November 8, the United States will accept fully vaccinated foreign air passengers from 26 Schengen countries in Europe, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, and Great Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, and Brazil.

The United States has allowed entry to foreign air passengers from more than 150 countries throughout the pandemic. Critics argued that such a policy made no sense since some countries with high infection rates were not blacklisted, while in some countries from this list, the pandemic was under control.

Last month, the White House said it would require proof of vaccination for foreign citizens arriving from all countries.

Before boarding a flight to the United States, air passengers will need to show proof of vaccination and demonstrate the results of a recent COVID-19 test. Foreigners crossing the land border will not need to submit a negative test for COVID-19.