Beginning on January 22, 2022, DHS will require 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, see other requirements regarding testing and masking here.
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.
Non-U.S. individuals traveling to the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals, for essential or non-essential reasons, must:
- verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status;
- provide proof of a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the CDC website
- present a valid Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document, such as a valid passport, Trusted Traveler Program card, or Enhanced Tribal Card; and,
- any other relevant documents requested by a CBP officer during border inspection.
COVID-19 testing is not required for entry via land port of entries or entry through ferry terminals.
The new vaccination requirements do not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals.