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Changes to Vaccine Requirements for Land and Ferry Border Crossing

As of Jan. 22, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, now requires non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter 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 for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination.

These new restrictions will apply to non-U.S. individuals who are traveling for both essential and non-essential reasons. They will not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals.

More details, including exemptions, and frequently asked questions can be found on the DHS website, including:

  • What are the requirements for travelers entering the United States through land POEs?

  • What are the requirements to enter the United States for children under the age of 18 who can't be vaccinated?

  • Which vaccines/combination of vaccines will be accepted?

  • Do you need a booster to be considered fully vaccinated?

  • Do U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents need vaccination proof to return to the United States via land POEs and ferry terminals?

  • Will pre - or at - arrival COVID testing be required?

Get all your answers here.

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