The modifications to title 19 will allow visitors to enter the United States by sea or land at the borders with Mexico and Canada, for non-essential travel, as long as they verify that they have the complete vaccination scheme against COVID-19.
Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security announced that the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and public health experts have decided to allow the entry of visitors vaccinated against COVID-19, to make trips non-essential across land borders and by ferry.
“Consistent with the new international air transportation system to be implemented in November, we will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, such as visiting friends. and family members or for tourism, through land border crossings and by ferry ”, Secretary Mayorkas explained.
The authorities of the United States are confident that cross-border travel will be a benefit to the country's economy and that they will take all possible actions so that the resumption of travel occurs in a safe and sustainable way for all.
In the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), they will be the ones who begin to allow travelers with complete vaccination schemes against COVID-19, to enter from the borders of Mexico and Canada. People who do not yet have the vaccination against COVID-19 will not be admitted.
On the other hand, DHS also announced that, as of January 2022, all foreign travelers entering the United States by land or by ferry must present proof of vaccination.
"This new travel system will create consistent and strict protocols for all foreign nationals traveling to the United States, whether by air, land or ferry, and represents the wide availability of COVID-19 vaccines," concluded DHS.
In this way, the Mexico-United States border crossings will gradually begin to recover their normal activity, since their closure for foreign visitors in March 2020.