January 11, 2022
The U.S. Customs and Border Control (“CBP”) is expected to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination from all foreigners entering at U.S. borders effective January 22, 2022. This includes all foreign nationals traveling between borders for both essential and non-essential reasons.
Currently, individuals engaged in essential travel are not required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. However, in a press release the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) stated:
“[S]tarting January 2022, all inbound foreign national travelers seeking entry to the United States via land port of entries or ferry terminals, whether for essential or non-essential reasons, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination.”
This updated vaccination policy is expected to take effect January 22, 2022. U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will not be required to provide proof of vaccination when crossing the borders.
DHS states travel volumes and wait times are expected to increase. Travelers should plan for longer than normal wait times and long lines at the U.S. land border crossings.
MLG advises its clients to prepare accordingly in light of this new policy. Please contact Meyer Law Group if you have any questions or concerns regarding this client alert. We will continue to keep our clients updated of any changes to this impending policy.
Brandon Meyer, Managing Partner
Paul Chen, Partner
Jennielyn Alcarion, Senior Attorney