(Washington, D.C.) -- Travel restrictions are being lifted for tourists in Canada and Mexico.  

They can once again drive into the U.S. but only if vaccinated against coronavirus. The borders are reopening next month after being closed since the pandemic began.

“While this shift in policy unfortunately includes more needless delays, it is a positive and long overdue step toward ending the unnecessary restrictions that have caused real pain to our communities and citizens on both sides of the border as well as our retail and tourism businesses that rely on Canadian travelers,” said North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum in a statement released to WDAY Radio. “We will continue to press the Biden administration – as we have done repeatedly these past several months with our fellow border states and provinces – to lift these restrictions as soon as possible and resume normal travel with Canada, our closest friend, ally and trading partner.”

This is part of phase one. The second phase begins in January that will require truckers, students, and others who were already allowed to cross during essential travel to now show proof of vaccination.