/ Modified nov 2, 2021 4:57 p.m.

Land borders opening to fully vaccinated non-citizens Monday

The Department of Homeland Security said people should be ready to prove their vaccination status upon request.

360 GUARD AT PORTS Members of the National Guard assist customs officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales as part of their deployment to border states.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection released more details on its plan to allow non-citizens who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter at land ports of entry and ferry terminals starting Monday.

According to a press release from the Department of Homeland Security, people should be ready to prove their vaccination status upon request.

DHS said the types of qualifying documentation can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The proof can be either physical or digital.

The Department of Homeland Security added people will need to explain their reason for entering the country, too.

There will be some exemptions to the vaccine requirement, like children 17 and under, and people crossing for essential travel.

DHS said that will change in January when all foreign travelers entering the U.S. via land ports or ferries will have to be fully vaccinated, whether the trip is essential or not.

CBP said it is expecting longer wait times as travel increases but thinks they have the staff to handle it.

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