U.S. to lift curbs at land borders - officials

The United States will lift virus-related curbs at its land borders with Canada and Mexico in early November, for fully vaccinated foreign nationals.

That's according to two Biden administration officials on Tuesday.

Homeland security chief Alejandro Mayorkas is expected to formally announce the new rules on Wednesday, which will cover land and ferry crossings.

Lawmaker and Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer praised the move.

He said in a statement "since the beginning of the pandemic, members of our shared cross-border community have felt the pain and economic hardship of the land border closures. That pain is about to end."

The new travel rules are expected to be similar, but not the same as those announced last month.

The September 20 rules, mostly covering air travel, relaxes restrictions on air travellers coming in from 33 countries,

including from China, India and Brazil who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Land and ferry foreign travelers won't necessarily need to show proof of vaccination unless they are pulled over for inspection by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

By contrast, all non-U.S. air travelers will need to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight, and a recent negative COVID-19 test.

Canada began letting in fully vaccinated U.S. visitors and tourists since August 9.