Full COVID vaccination needed for land border, ferry crossings into U.S. as of Jan. 22, 2022

Full COVID vaccination needed for land border, ferry crossings into U.S. as of Jan. 22, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Effective Jan. 22, 2022 Canadians crossing into the U.S. at land borders and ferry terminals will need to show proof of full vaccination for COVID-19.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security posted the update on its site yesterday.

“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, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide,” says the DHS.

The DHS adds that the new restrictions will apply to non-U.S. individuals who are traveling for both essential and non-essential reasons.

“These updated travel requirements reflect the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to protecting public health while safely facilitating the cross-border trade and travel that is critical to our economy,” says DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas.

According to the DHS site, non-U.S. individuals traveling to the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals, whether 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,
  • Be prepared to present any other relevant documents requested by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer during a border inspection.

The DHS site notes that COVID-19 testing is not required for entry via a land port of entry or ferry terminal.

More details about the updated requirements for travellers are included in a DHS fact sheet.