United States: Non-Americans must be fully vaccinated at the land border

A new requirement for all non-Americans entering the United States through a land border to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has gone into effect.

The policy, first announced in October 2021, began Saturday and applies to land entry points at the US-Canada and US-Mexico borders, as well as those entering terminals at ferry.

Those wishing to enter the United States, whether for essential or non-essential reasons, will be required to present proof of vaccination. A COVID-19 test is not required.

“These updated travel requirements reflect the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to protecting public health while safely facilitating cross-border trade and travel that is essential to our economy,” the department secretary said. of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, in a statement.

The changes do not apply to US citizens, permanent residents, or US nationals.

Although testing is not mandatory at land ports of entry and ferry terminals, the United States requires foreign air travelers to be fully immunized and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or a document showing that have recovered from COVID-19 for the past 90 years. days.

Non-U.S. persons traveling into the country at a land port of entry or ferry terminal must verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status, provide proof of a Centers for Disease Control-approved COVID-19 vaccination and Prevention and a document such as a valid passport, Trusted Traveler Program card or Enhanced Tribal Card.

Travelers should also be prepared to show any other relevant documents that may be requested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, advises the Department of Homeland Security.

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