They are still analyzing requirements for minors to enter the US

César Martínez / Reform Agency

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 21:58

Mexico City– To enter the United States, children under 11 years of age will be exempt from verifying that they were vaccinated against Covid-19, said Roberto Velasco, Head of the North America Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE).

“In the case of minors from 12 to 18 years old, we have talked, a decision remains to be made, but we are anticipating that they will be exempted from this requirement, and in the case of families, parents would be required to have proof of vaccination,” he said. .

In an interview with Reforma, he explained that for the total reopening of the common border, the United States stated that it would only recognize the vaccines approved by its regulatory bodies, which would have excluded the AstraZeneca compound.

However, due to Mexico’s management, it was agreed to take as a reference the acknowledgments made by the World Health Organization (WHO), of which Mexico has applied the Pfizer, Moderna, Jansen, AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines.

Regarding the vaccines of Sputnik-V, from Russia, and CanSino, from China, he indicated that so far they are not recognized, but negotiations will continue until before the opening of the border, which will be next November.

“We are going to continue talking about it, looking for a solution, that’s what we agreed on,” he said.

According to Velasco, what the Foreign Ministry has agreed with the US authorities is that to verify the vaccination scheme, the same document that is obtained when receiving the immunization can be shown, so no other document would be necessary.

To the countrymen who visit Mexico in the coming months, Velasco recommended ensuring that they have the necessary vaccines to avoid problems upon their return to the United States.

As of the land reopening of the border between Mexico and the United States, the same security measures will be applied to travelers who want to reach the northern country by plane, who are currently only asked for a PCR test to verify that they are not have been infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Velasco stressed that the reopening of the border was achieved after many months of work and he is confident that the economic impact will allow a reactivation of the economy.

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