DHS update

In a recent announcement on April 21, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed the continuation of the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for non-US travelers entering the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals. This update is crucial for travelers to stay compliant with the latest travel protocols. Let’s delve into the details of this extension.

Who Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Apply To?

The COVID-19 vaccine requirement applies to non-US travelers, encompassing both essential and non-essential reasons for travel. It’s important to note that this requirement does not extend to US citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or US nationals.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement at US Ports and Ferry Terminals

Non-U.S. travelers entering the United States through land ports of entry and ferry terminals must adhere to the following:

  1. Verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status.
  2. Provide, upon request, proof of a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccination, following the guidelines outlined on the CDC website.
  3. Present a valid Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document, including a valid passport, Trusted Traveler Program card, or Enhanced Tribal Card.
  4. Be prepared to present any other relevant documents requested by a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer during a border inspection.

COVID-19 Test Requirement for Land or Ferry Travel

Contrary to air travel, a COVID-19 test is not required to enter the US through a land port of entry or ferry terminal. This exemption streamlines the travel process for those entering the country via these routes.


Staying informed about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination requirement for land and ferry travel to the US is pivotal for a seamless travel experience. Non-US travelers must ensure compliance with these regulations to facilitate a smooth entry process.

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Read the Official Announcement Below

April 21, 2022 – DHS Extends COVID Vaccination Requirements for Non-US Citizen Travelers

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