CBP travel for nonessential Canadians

CBP Travel Restrictions for Canadians for Non Essential Purposes

As of November 8, 2021, Canadian citizens who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to cross the land borders with Canada into the United States by passenger ferry for non-essential reasons, such as to visit friends or family or for tourism. These travelers are required to be prepared to attest to vaccination status and present proof of being fully vaccinated to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer upon request.

What are the requirements for nonessential Canadian travelers entering the United States through land borders?

Before embarking on your trip to the US travelers should be prepared for the following:

  • Possess proof of an approved COVID-19 vaccination as outlined on the CDC website.
  • During border inspection, verbally attest to their travel intent and COVID-19 vaccination status.

What types of vaccinations will be accepted?

CDC has determined that all FDA-approved and authorized vaccines, as well as all vaccines that have an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO), will be accepted for air travel. Land border travel will mirror the same guidelines.

Accepted Vaccines:

  • CDC has determined that for purposes of travel to the United States, vaccines accepted will include current FDA-approved or authorized vaccines and the WHO emergency use listed EUL vaccines.
  • Individuals are considered fully vaccinated:
    • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose COVID-19 vaccine;
    • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series COVID-19 vaccine;
    • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an “active” (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials; or
    • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart.

What are the requirements to enter the United States for children under the age of 18 who can’t be vaccinated?

Children under 18 years of age are exempted from the vaccination requirement at land and ferry ports of entry when it goes into effect on November 8, 2021.

What restrictions are there to essential travel?

Individuals engaged in essential travel will not be required to be vaccinated at this time. However, according to the CBP Notice of Temporary Travel Restrictions for Land Ports, the exemption for essential workers will expire on Jan 21, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST unless otherwise extended. Once this exemption expires, all inbound foreign national travelers crossing US land POEs or ferry terminals – whether for essential or non-essential reasons – must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination.

Visit the US Customs and Border Protection website for additional information.