Essential travelers must show proof of vaccination starting in 2022

The border reopening has become a reality since November 8 of this year, where non-essential travel to the United States was resumed as long as these travelers showed evidence that they were vaccinated with biologics against Covid-19 approved by the World Health Organization and CDC.

Although these requirements are applied to travelers who make non-essential crossings, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayorkas, recalled that as of January 2022, essential travelers must also prepare with vaccination tests .

According to Customs and Border Protection, the people who are considered essential travelers are:

  • Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents Returning to the United States.
  • People who travel for medical purposes (for example, to receive medical treatment in the United States).
  • Individuals who travel to attend educational institutions.
  • People who travel to work in the United States (for example, people who work in the agricultural industry who must travel between the United States and Canada or Mexico to promote such work).
  • Individuals traveling for public health and emergency response purposes (for example, government officials or first responders entering the United States to support federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government efforts to respond to COVID -19 or other emergencies).
  • Persons engaged in legal cross-border trade (for example, truck drivers who support the movement of cargo between the United States and Canada and Mexico).
  • People involved in official government trips or diplomatic trips.
  • People engaged in travel or operations related to the military.

He commented on this last Tuesday, December 7, during his visit to the San Ysidro checkpoint, where, together with the Mayor of San Diego, Todd Gloria, they held a brief press conference, in which they discussed issues related to the border. , immigrants seeking political asylum, the MPP program, among others.

When talking about the reopening of the border, both officials assured that the reactivation of the economy for both nations had become a reality and a proof of this were the hundreds of tourists, citizens and residents who moved from one country to the other every day. Another point that Mayorkas clarified was that they are working on strategies to reduce the waiting time at the checkpoints.


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