The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will continue to require non-U.S. travelers entering the United States from Canada or Mexico by land or ferry to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Travelers must provide evidence of full vaccination before being allowed to enter the country. This border vaccination requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or U.S. nationals. Other travel requirements (including vaccination requirements for those flying into the country) will remain in place until DHS amends or rescinds them.
Exceptions from the land border or ferry COVID vaccine requirement exist for the following groups of non-U.S. individuals:
- Children under 18 years of age;
- Individuals with medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine;
- Individuals with valid nonimmigrant visas (excluding B-1 or B-2 visas) who are citizens of a country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability, as specified by the CDC;
- Certain individuals on diplomatic or official foreign government travel;
- Certain participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials;
- Individuals issued a humanitarian or emergency exception by the Secretary of Homeland Security;
- Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under 18 years of age) as specified in the CDC Order; and
- Individuals whose entry would be in the U.S. national interest, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
The vaccines that are accepted include the following:
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
An individual is “fully vaccinated” a full 14 days after the last required dose – either one dose for a single-dose vaccine or two doses for two-dose vaccines. Two-dose vaccines can be mixed and matched, as long as both of the two vaccines are on the list above.
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