USCBP Lifts U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions at Land/Ferry Border Crossings, Requires Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination
On December 23, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) announced that it has lifted the restrictions on “Non-Essential Travel” (e.g., for tourism purposes) for fully vaccinated individuals traveling through land and ferry ports-of-entry between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Individuals must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.
A copy of the Federal Register notice on the U.S.-Canada travel update can be found here.
A copy of the Federal Register notice on the U.S.-Mexico travel update can be found here.
These announcements regarding land/ferry ports-of-entry make the rules for land/ferry entry identical to the the requirements for air travel to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico for Non-Essential travel.
Per early guidance from USCBP, those entering the U.S. for “essential” travel (including study or employment) will be required in “early January” to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
To view the history of the U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential Travel” restrictions, click here.
We will continue to update the MIT “Major Immigration Alerts and Updates” webpage with any new policies or guidance provided by U.S. federal government agencies.