Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
Non-vaccinated Canadian travellers are prohibited from crossing the U.S border
The United States no longer allows Canadian citizens and temporary residents in Canada to travel to the US unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prohibited unvaccinated foreign nationals travelling into the US from Canada and Mexico from crossing the land borders on January 22, 2022.
This decision can impact many Canadians who work in essential occupations and travel to the US on a regular basis. The trucking companies in particularly, can find it difficult to deliver goods across the border.
The changes which were first announced in October 2021 and made in consultation with several federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will ensure that public health measures governing land travel are aligned with those governing incoming international air travel.
Non-U.S. nationals traveling to the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals, whether for essential or non-essential reasons, must:
verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status
provide proof of a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the CDC website
present a valid Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document, such as a valid passport, Trusted Traveler Program card, or Enhanced Tribal Card and
be prepared to present any other relevant documents requested by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer during a border inspection
Note that COVID-19 testing is not required for entry via a land port of entry or ferry terminal.