U.S. Extends Vaccine Requirement for Non-Citizens at Land Borders

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The Biden administration made the wise move to expand the requirement for foreign visitors crossing land and sea borders to get vaccinated. The surge in Covid cases means the United States has no time to let its guard down in the fight against the virus.

Rashaad Jordan

The Biden administration said Thursday it was expanding the requirement that non-US citizens crossing land or ferry terminals at the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders be vaccinated against Covid-19.

They were first adopted in November as part of the United States for land crossings by foreign tourist requirements after borders were closed to most reopened visitors since March 2020. Unlike international air travelers to United States, people traveling by land or crossing by ferry do not need to provide a negative Covid-19 test.

Foreign air travelers must present proof of vaccination to airlines before traveling to the United States as well as a negative Covid-19 test taken within the day. Foreign nationals crossing U.S. land borders should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination.

DHS said the decision came after consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which says vaccines remain the most effective public health measure to protect people from serious illness or death from Covid-19. 19.

“The Biden-Harris administration is committed to protecting public health while facilitating legal trade and travel, which is critical to our economic security,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.

Major airlines, businesses and travel groups want the White House to end pre-departure Covid-19 testing requirements for vaccinated international passengers traveling to the United States.

They argue the testing requirements are unnecessary and deter Americans from traveling abroad because of the cost of testing and the risk of them being stranded abroad if they test positive.

“People just don’t want to take the risk of not being able to return to the United States,” the groups wrote at the White House in February.

Britain, France, Canada and many other countries have dropped pre-departure testing requirements for fully vaccinated visitors.

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