The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it would extend the COVID-19 vaccination requirement on non-U.S. travelers entering the U.S. through land ports of entry and ferry terminals.

Key Points:

  • DHS will continue to require travelers who are not U.S. citizens, nationals or lawful permanent residents entering the U.S. by land or ferry to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • With limited exceptions, individuals who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or do not have proof that they are fully vaccinated will not be able to travel by land or ferry from Canada or Mexico.
  • The policy will remain in place until further notice.
  • COVID-19 testing is not required to enter the U.S. through land ports of entry or ferry terminals.

Additional Information: The COVID-19 vaccination requirements have been in place for nonessential travelers since November 2021 and for essential travelers since January 2022. Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning any international travel.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group. For additional information, please contact

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