The U.S. has Reopened Land and Ferry Border-Crossing Points to Fully Vaccinated Travelers

In addition to the changes for air travelers to the U.S. coming in November, 2021, the U.S. is welcoming fully-vaccinated people traveling by land and sea. Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health experts, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending the current regulations.

In a Press Release on October 12, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that the change benefits previously-banned “non-essential” travelers between Canada or Mexico and the U.S. Non-essential travel includes those traveling for vacations, to visit friends and relatives, or certain jobs. All travelers, essential and non-essential must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated starting in November. The DHS will announce the exact date when the change goes into effect.

Noting that “Cross-border travel creates significant economic activity in our border communities and benefits our broader economy,” DHS Secretary Mayorkas was pleased that regular travel will resume safely in early November.

By January 2022, all foreign nationals, meaning essential and non-essential travelers, must be fully vaccinated to enter the U.S. through a land port or seaport. DHS reasons that this approach allows ample time for essential travelers to obtain vaccinations. These essential travelers include truckers, students, and healthcare workers who have been allowed entry with the appropriate documentation that their travel is essential.