Biden Admin Extends COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Noncitizens at Borders

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for noncitizens arriving by land or boat, according to a Thursday announcement.

The agency said it would extend its Title 19 requirements, which gives the administration the power to continue to enforce COVID-19 vaccine mandates for noncitizen travelers. Those travelers who try to enter the country will need to produce a written record of vaccination from a government health agency or ministry as they show their passport and other documentation to Customs and Border Protection agents.

“These requirements will continue to apply to non-U.S. travelers who are traveling both for essential and non-essential reasons, and do not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals,” the agency said, adding that those requirements are being done in “consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several other federal agencies.”

Testing for COVID-19, however, won’t be mandated to enter the United States, the agency said. Migrants also will have to verbally attest to their vaccination status along with producing the relevant documents to enter the country.

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