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Travel Alert – US to Require COVID Vaccination for Land Entry by Essential Workers

Since November 8, 2021, foreign travelers entering the US via air and those not classified as “essential workers” entering via land ports-of-entry have been required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. However, as of January 22, 2022, essential workers previously exempt from COVID vaccination requirements for land entry to the US must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

 

Under current US Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, a person is considered “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 if they meet the following requirements:

 

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after a dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine;
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after a second dose of an accepted 2-dose series;
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after receiving the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a clinical trial; or
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after receiving 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart.

 

Stay tuned for the latest from the Moodys immigration team as we closely monitor these restrictions and other significant changes in US and Canadian immigration!