On October 29, 2021 the Department of Homeland Security announced that non-citizen travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID may enter the U.S. at lands ports of entry, including Canada and Mexico, beginning November 8, 2021. This includes travelers who are entering for non-essential purposes such as social visits to friends and relatives. The new rules also applies to persons traveling by ferry. This announcement removes the restrictions on non-essential travel which have been in place since March 20, 2021.
The vaccination requirements do not apply to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, persons traveling with immigrant visas, or persons under the age of 18. Also, the rules do apply at this time to non-citizens traveling for essential purposes (such as truck drivers). However, beginning January 22, 2022, all nonimmigrant travelers must be vaccinated.
Unlike persons traveling by air, there is no requirement for a pre-arrival COVID testing.
The U.S. will accept all vaccines approved by the U.S. CDC and the World Health Organization, including the AstraZeneca vaccine approved in Canada.Persons must produce documentation to prove vaccination upon request.
Unvaccinated persons seeking entry for nonessential purposes will be refused entry to the United States.
All other requirements for entry to the U.S. remain in effect, including possession of a passport or other WHTI-compliant document. Travelers must be able to clearly explain the purpose of their travel to the United States to establish eligibility in the appropriate nonimmigrant category.