U.S. Homeland Security to End COVID-19 Vaccination Restrictions for Border Entry

On May 11, 2023, the Center for Disease Control will mark the end of the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration. The CDC has pledged that vaccines and treatments will still be available after this date. However, the agency does concede that COVID-19 testing at home may no longer be covered by insurance providers. Additional information about the CDC’s statement on the end of the Public Health Emergency can be found here.

In alignment with the end of the Public Health Emergency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will no longer require non-U.S. travelers entering the United States via land ports of entry to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 effective May 12. DHS issued a brief statement on the matter which can be found here. Previously, all non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry were required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.

Canada has previously removed all COVID-19 entry restrictions on October 1, 2022. The news release from the Public Health Agency of Canada, announcing the dropped requirement of proof of vaccination among other requirements, can be found here.

NTTC staff will continue to monitor North American border entry requirement changes, and will broadcast updates when available.