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To cross the US land border, Canadians must now be fully vaccinated

To pass the US land border, Canadians must now be completely vaccinated

Key Takeaways:

  • All non-Americans entering the United States through a land border now have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Travelers should be prepared to show any other relevant documents that US Customs and Border Protection officers may request, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

A new requirement has been that all non-Americans entering the United States through a land border be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The policy, which was first declared in October 2021, went into effect on Saturday and applies to land entry points at the US-Canada and US-Mexico borders, as well as ferries.

Those wishing to enter the United States, whether for business or pleasure, must show proof of vaccination. It is not necessary to take a COVID-19 test.

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In a statement, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated, “These updated travel necessities reflect the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to guarding public health while safely facilitating cross-border travel and trade that is critical to our economy.”

Citizens, permanent residents, and nationals of the United States are exempt from the changes.

To pass the US land border, Canadians must now be completely vaccinated
To pass the US land border, Canadians must now be completely vaccinated. Image from The Conversation

Although testing is not required at land ports of entry or ferry terminals, foreign air travelers must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or a document demonstrating recovery from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days.

Individuals from outside the United States who enter the country through a land port of entry or a ferry terminal must verbal communication attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status, offer proof of a COVID-19 vaccination approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and present a paper such as a valid Trusted Traveler Program card, passport, or Enhanced Tribal Card.

The Department of Homeland Security advises travelers to be ready to show any other applicable documents that US Customs and Border Protection officers may request.

Source: CTV News

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