Non-vaccinated travelers reaching the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders will continue to be unallowed to enter the country as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the entry ban on non-vaccinated travelers at these points of entry.
The decision was announced on Thursday, April 21, by the DHS, which also pointed out that the vaccination requirement will continue to apply to non-US citizens reaching the country throughout land ports and ferry terminals for both essential and non-essential purposes, VisaGuide.World reports.
According to the DHS, the decision has been taken in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several other federal agencies, which have concluded that the measure is necessary in order to protect public health.
The requirements for entry into the US by air, however, remain unchanged.
Commenting on the extension of the measure, the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas said that the measure has been extended in a bid of the Biden-Harris Administration to protect public health while facilitating lawful trade and travel.
“That is why, after consulting with CDC and other federal agencies, DHS will continue to require non-U.S. individuals entering the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination upon request,” Secretary Mayorkas said.
The measure had first been introduced on January 22 this year. As a result of it, upon arrival at the US land borders with Canada or Mexico, as well as ferry terminals, non-US citizens need to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccine.
However, not everyone is happy with the move. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who represents New York’s 21st District in the House of Representatives in her fourth term in office, has reacted against the extension of the measure, calling it hypocrisy on Biden Administration’s side.
“For over two years, communities in Upstate New York and the North Country have been devastated by Northern Border travel restrictions, which hurt tourism, harm supply chain, and keep families apart. Instead of leading the way for our Canadian partners by dropping all restrictions on Northern Border travel, the Biden Administration is doubling down on harmful restrictions on Northern Border travel,” Congresswoman Stefanik said in a statement issued following DHS’ decision.
She also pledged to continue standing up for these families, calling for the travel restrictions to be put to an end.