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Ambassador Ken Salazar Announces Updates to Non-Essential Border Restrictions
October 13, 2021

Mexico City, Mexico October 13, 2021—Ambassador Ken Salazar is pleased to share updates to the Title 19 restrictions for land travel across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health experts, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will amend Title 19 regulations to allow non-essential travelers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation to enter the United States via land and ferry ports of entry (POEs) across the U.S. border. These changes will be phased in starting in early November.

Beginning in early January 2022, all foreign travelers crossing the U.S. land or ferry POEs – whether for essential or non-essential reasons – must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination. This approach will provide ample time for essential travelers such as truck drivers, students, and healthcare workers to get vaccinated.

“These changes are an effort to resume safe and sustainable travel between our countries. Vaccination rates along the U.S.-Mexico border are improving with more than 80 percent of Mexicans age 18 and over living in states along the border vaccinated with at least one dose against COVID-19. Both of our countries have shown progress in this new reality and we’re ready to restart commerce and travel in a measured and responsible manner. These updates do that,” stated Salazar.

For more details on the updated guidance for travelers, please visit www.DHS.Gov.