The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that non-citizen travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation will be permitted to enter the United States via land ports of entry (POE) and ferry terminals starting on November 8, 2021.
Children under 18 traveling with vaccinated parent(s) are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
When arriving at a U.S. land point of entry, non-citizen travelers should be prepared to: (1) provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website; and (2) verbally attest to their reason for travel and COVID-19 vaccination status during a border inspection.
As travel begins to resume, travel volumes and wait times are expected to increase. Travelers should plan for longer than normal wait times and long lines at U.S. land border crossings when planning their trip and are reminded to exercise patience.
To help reduce wait times and long lines, travelers can take advantage of innovative technology, such as facial biometrics and the CBP One™ mobile application, which serves as a single portal for individuals to access CBP mobile applications and services.
RETURNING TO CANADA
As of Nov. 30, fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents returning home after short trips to the United States and abroad will no longer have to provide proof of a negative molecular test, such as a PCR test.
However, the molecular test requirement will still be required for trips abroad lasting more than 72 hours.
Individuals with COVID-19 testing requirement for travel should be tested using the RT PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test. Below is information on places in Grand Forks that will administer the PCR test.