New details from DHS about vaccine requirements for non-essential border travel


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) Come November 8, 2021 non-citizens can cross the land ports of entry and ferry terminals for non-essential travel but must show proof of vaccination.

The Department of Homeland Security says an FDA-approved and authorized COVID-19 vaccines and all vaccines that have an Emergency Use Listing from the World Health Organization will be accepted.

Travelers must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and verbally attest to vaccination and non-essential travel.

Non-citizen crossing for essential purposes will not have to show proof of vaccination until January 2022. However, U.S. Citizens will not need to show proof of vaccination to cross.

A relief for one El Pasoan who says he went months without seeing his now-wife as she was unable to cross during the pandemic.

“My wife was stuck over here for 13 months and the rest of the family is in Mexico and it affected my life and my son’s life and my daughter,” said Alan Umstead.

Umstead married his wife, Lorena Martinez who is from Juarez in June and she is now able to cross but her family still lives in Mexico.

“They used to come here and have time with us, and it’s still difficult I’m very happy that they’re reopening the bridge,” said Lorena Martinez.

For more information see the links below, provided by DHS

DHS Releases Details for Fully Vaccinated, Non-Citizen Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land and Ferry Border Crossings | Homeland Security

Fact Sheet: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals | Homeland Security (

Frequently Asked Questions: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals | Homeland Security (

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