Vaccination mandate extended for U.S. border entry

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The Department of Homeland Security recently announced it will continue to require non-U.S. travelers entering the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination upon request.

These requirements will continue to apply to non-U.S. travelers who are traveling both for essential and non-essential reasons, including truck drivers, and do not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals. DHS says the requirements were extended in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several other federal agencies.

Non-U.S. travelers entering the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals, whether for essential or non-essential reasons, must continue to:

  • Verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status
  • Provide, upon request, proof of a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the CDC website
  • Present a valid Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative compliant document, such as a valid passport, Trusted Traveler Program card, or Enhanced Tribal Card
  • Be prepared to present any other relevant documents requested by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer during a border inspection.

COVID-19 testing is not required to enter the United States via a land port of entry or ferry terminal.