The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says that as of Jan. 22, non-U.S. citizens entering the US by land ports of entry or ferry terminals must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination.
DHS said these new restrictions will not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or U.S. nationals. “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," said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas.
Non-U.S. individuals traveling to the U.S. whether for essential or non-essential reasons, must:
- verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status;
- provide proof of aCDC-approved COVID-19 vaccination, which includes the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines used in the U.S. as well as most used overseas, such as AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm and Sinovac.
- present a valid Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-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, and meet all other existing requirements..
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