Canada-US border re-opening

U.S. to reopen land border with Canada in November 2021 for fully vaccinated visitors

The White House announced that fully vaccinated visitors from Canada and Mexico will be allowed at land border crossings in November. However, officials did not specify what vaccines would be accepted or if mixed doses will meet eligibility tests.

“In alignment with the new international air travel system that will be implemented in November, we will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including to visit friends and family or for tourism, via land and ferry border crossings,” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said in a government media release.

The Canada-US land border re-opening will happen in two phases over the next few months. 

First, in November, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin allowing fully vaccinated travelers from Mexico or Canada to enter the United States at land and ferry POEs for non-essential reasons.


Travelers will be required to have appropriate paperwork that provides proof of vaccination.

Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will not be allowed to travel for non-essential purposes from Canada and Mexico into the United States via land and ferry POEs. 

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Second, beginning in early January 2022, DHS will require that all inbound foreign national travelers crossing U.S. land or ferry POEs – whether for essential or non-essential reasons – be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination. Mayorkas said that this approach will provide ample time for essential travelers such as truckers, students, and healthcare workers to get vaccinated.


See also Fully vaccinated foreign nationals can now come to Canada.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.