COVID Vaccine cards. Illustration purposes only.
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Are COVID vaccine cards still required at the US-Mexico border?

There are still strong requirements in place in order to cross the US-Mexico border. But, are vaccination cards still required?

Up-to-date COVID vaccine cards were strongly required at the border during the most difficult
moments of the coronavirus pandemic. Immigration officials checked that each person who wanted to enter the United States had their vaccinations and boosters up to date. Now that everything is more relaxed, you might think that this is no longer necessary.

But unfortunately, that’s not the case. Recently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that the current COVID vaccine cards will continue to be required as a mandatory requirement to cross borders. The certificate will be controlled both at the northern border, with Canada, and at the United States-Mexico border.

The measure was advised by different federal agencies, but mainly the final decision involved the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“The Administration of President Biden and Vice President Harris is committed to protecting public health while facilitating legal trade and travel, both of which are essential to our economic security”.

Said Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security in an official statement.

Mayorkas then emphasized that the measure was taken after consulting with the CDC and other federal agencies. He stressed that the commitment of the DHS is to continue with the requirement that non-US persons entering the country be fully vaccinated to guarantee the effectiveness of sanitary measures.

The rule applies both to people who want to enter through land ports of entry and to those who enter through ferry terminals and is complemented by what is in force for air travel. But there are some small exceptions, mainly for those who have recently recovered from the disease.

Vaccination cards and other border controls

To enter the United States, migrants or travelers must first verbally attest to their current vaccination status against COVID-19. Then, they will be asked to present their COVID vaccine cards.
In addition, they must be prepared to present other documents required by the officers of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency and that are part of the usual protocol for legal entry into the country.

Despite the fact that we are no longer in the worst moment of the coronavirus pandemic, the DHS justifies the measure with the aim of minimizing any health risk, both for border personnel and other migrants and travelers and for all people who are in the interior of the United States.

COVID Vaccine cards. Illustration purposes only.

Until when will the vaccination card be required at the border?

The DHS did not comment on this and therefore it is not known when the complete vaccination card against COVID-19 will no longer be required to enter the United States. However, it was noted that these are measures that are constantly being reviewed.

This means that DHS closely monitors the consequences of these requirements and their effectiveness. Therefore, from the department they warned that they can modify or rescind the measure at any time and that it will follow international advice.

For now, it is important to remember that this requirement is still valid for both international borders: the northern border with Canada and the United States-Mexico border. So if you have family or friends who are thinking of traveling to the USA, do not hesitate to share this important information with them.

If you are in need of immigration legal advice, do not hesitate to contact us! At the Law Office of Shelle-Ann Simon we have wide experience in immigration proceedings, family law, and personal injury and have successfully defended our clients for over 10 years. Contact us through our website or give us a call at 281-606-5362!

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