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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 09: A vehicle enters the Ambassador BrIdge Port of Entry to cross into Canada, which has opened its borders to U.S. citizens who can provide proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test on August 9, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. The border had been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says the U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic. International visitors will need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Vehicle, rail and ferry travel between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to essential travel, such as trade, since the beginning of the pandemic. The rules announced Wednesday will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals U.S. entry regardless of the reason for travel. That starts in early November, when a similar easing of restrictions kicks in for air travel. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says he’s “pleased to be taking steps to resume regular travel.”