US Changes Covid Rules for International Ground, Water Entries

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection


As of Saturday, Jan. 22, all foreign visitors entering the United States by land ports of entry or ferry terminals are required to show proof of full vaccination against covid-19 with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced.

At the same time, those entering by land or sea will no longer be required to present a negative antigen or PCR test.

The new rules apply to all non-U.S. citizens entering from Mexico or Canada, whether traveling for essential and non-essential reasons.

They do not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents or U.S. nationals.

The DHS warned that with the new rulings, wait times were expected to increase.

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