The U.S. and Canadian governments are each requiring non-citizens entering their respective countries – whether for essential or non-essential reasons – to be fully vaccinated.
Beginning in early January 2022, the United States Department of Homeland Security will require all foreign national travelers crossing U.S. land or ferry ports of entry to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination. The same vaccination requirement began in November for non-essential travelers entering the U.S.
In Canada, beginning Jan. 15, 2022, truck drivers and other groups of travelers who have been exempt from entry requirements will only be allowed to enter Canada with proof of full vaccination.
To meet the requirements of being “fully vaccinated” to enter the U.S., travelers must have received either two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Covishield, Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines; or one dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
To meet the requirements of being “fully vaccinated” to enter Canada, travelers must have received either two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines; or one dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In both countries, the last doses must have been received at least 14 days before entering the country.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance said in a press release Nov. 19 that it will be pressing both governments for more time to prepare for the cross-border mandates.
“We are extremely concerned there is a perfect storm brewing,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “In light of worldwide supply chain disruptions and delays, it’s unclear how the supply chain and the trucking industry, in particular, can withstand further turmoil and maintain the service levels required to deliver critical products Canadians and Americans need.”
CTA estimated that 10%-20% of Canadian truck drivers crossing the border (12,000-22,000), and 40% of U.S. truck drivers (16,000) traveling into Canada would exit the Canada-U.S. trade system should the vaccination mandate take effect in January.