MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday hailed the U.S. decision to open its common border to fully vaccinated, legal travelers in November after more than a year of pandemic restrictions, but added that the exact date is still being worked out .
“The opening of the northern border has been achieved, we will have normality on our northern border,” said López Obrador in his daily press conference in the morning.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas previously said the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico would reopen to fully vaccinated travelers in November after being closed to non-essential border crossings since March 2020 due to the pandemic.
Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said the reopening of the border will coincide with a push to reactivate economic activity in the border region, where Mexico has made great efforts to bring vaccination rates into line with those of the United States.
He said the high-level bilateral business meetings in November will focus on the border region. More meetings will be held in the coming days to work out details of the reopening.
Ebrard said Mexico has pushed Washington heavily to reopen the border, including drawing up proposals during a visit by US Vice President Kamala Harris.
The United States “accepted many of the suggestions we made along the way,” Ebrard said, without giving any details.