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OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED: The United States vaccination requirement is ending on May 11th at the end of the day! Most up-to-date post here.

The United States President has just ended the national emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic, following votes by Congress. First, Biden had already announced that both of their states of emergency would end on May 11, so it’s not a huge development. Second (and most importantly), this has NOTHING to do with their travel rules. So don’t get your hopes up too fast.

Logic would obviously dictate that their entry rule (the USA vaccination requirement) be abolished at the same time as the public health emergency (the other state of emergency, which will end May 11). And that’s still the most likely scenario…

But at the same time, if they followed logic, they would have removed all rules a very long time ago already!

And they most certainly would include EVERY border in their vaccination requirement, which has never been the case all along as Flytrippers shared!!!

Here are the details about the USA state of emergency.


The current situation since November 2021

The U.S. vaccination requirement has been in place for almost 1.5 years. It was just extended once again to the theoretical date of May 11th, 2023.

You can read our article on the USA vaccination requirement renewal for all the details; I won’t repeat them here. It is really VERY exhaustive!

Before that, in 2020, the United States declared:

  • A national state of emergency
  • A state of public health emergency

Those 2 states of emergency have nothing to do with travel rules, but a lot of people have a hard time understanding this. So many people mixed literally everything together in terms of travel rules during this pandemic.


The end of the states of emergency announced on January 30

On January 30th 2023, the American President confirmed that the USA’s 2 separate states of emergency would be lifted on May 11, 2023. He didn’t say anything at all about travel rules.

I repeat: that really has nothing to do with travel rules. Nothing. It’s that simple.

Travel requirements are something completely separate and distinct from the states of emergency. Just as they have been all along and as Flytrippers has told you for many many months.

So the end of the states of emergency, in and of itself, really doesn’t mean anything for travelers. The travel rules come from a presidential proclamation, not from the state of emergency.

But obviously, the end of the states of emergency is a good sign. It’s not guaranteed to end the travel rules, unfortunately. But it’s a good sign.


The new U.S. Senate vote on March 29

In the USA, both houses of Congress must vote to create legislation (the House of Representatives and the Senate).

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives voted to end the national emergency declaration (but NOT the public health emergency). And on March 29, in a bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate also voted to end the national emergency declaration.

(This has nothing to do with the House vote to end the vaccination requirement, which still hasn’t been passed by the Senate!)

Biden was “strongly opposed” to this new bill but had confirmed he would not veto it.


The new law on April 10

Biden had 10 days (Sundays excluded) after the Senate vote to sign the bill into law. He took all the time he had and signed that into law today.

The national emergency declaration is no more. They didn’t change anything about the public health emergency, which is still in effect until May 11th, as announced in January.

Most importantly, they have still not mentioned anything about the entry requirements for travelers.

As much as the rules themselves are illogical (very), it’s actually a simple concept really: every rule is a separate rule. The vaccination requirement will end when the rule about the vaccination requirement will be lifted (and we’ll let you know of course).

Really, this all has nothing to do with the USA vaccination requirement at all for now, unfortunately.

Absolutely nothing has changed since November 8th, 2021 in terms of the USA vaccination requirement in fact.


The update on April 19 and April 27

Believe it or not… the USA has finally changed something about their vaccination requirement. It’s the very first change to the requirement since it was launched back in 2021. 

And the change is not to remove the requirement, or to stop accepting vaccines received over 2 years ago that scientifically have absolutely no effect anymore.

No, they have changed the definition of vaccinated to include 2 new 1-dose options.

The Janssen/Johnson & Johnson and CanSinoBIO vaccines were the only ones accepted if you had only received 1 dose. Since April 19, the new bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are accepted even if you had just 1 dose. It really has to be the new vaccine though, not the old monovalent one from Pfizer or Moderna. 

On April 27, they tweaked it again to also accept all Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna as 1-dose vaccines IF they were received after August 16th, 2022.

Weird that they would change that if everything is going to end in less than 2 weeks (as it really should)… 


The rules after May 11

Obviously, as I said, the logic would be that if both states of emergency are eliminated (as they will be on May 11), the entry rules can also be eliminated. So the end of both states of emergency is a good sign. It’s still good news (or bad news if you thought they’d get over all this faster than in May).

By far the likeliest scenario is the USA vaccination requirement being eliminated on May 11th. It would be at the end of the day on the 11th, so the 12th actually (the public health emergency expires at the end of the day on the 11th).

We’re watching this for you; news should come at least a few days before (sign up for our free newsletter for travelers to get all the updates).

But also… remember that President Biden said the pandemic was over… back in September 2022!

So actions are not always coherent and consistent, as has been the case since the beginning of the governmental response to the pandemic. Just like here in Canada, of course. So the May 11th date is not guaranteed.

I let you reread the section on the “logic” of this rule if you are one of those who blindly believe that governments are always right.

Or read how the vaccination requirement doesn’t apply if you fly to the Dominican Republic or the Bahamas and then enter the USA by ferry, which is quite the science. Good luck justifying the logic in that one.


The state of emergency in the USA

If you’re interested, I’ll explain the January 30th announcement and what the state of emergency is, or rather their 2 separate states of emergency.

As mentioned, in 2020, the United States declared:

  • A national state of emergency
  • A state of public health emergency

It’s obviously outdated. But it’s still in place in 2023, for lots of political reasons.

The national state of emergency was set to expire on March 1 and the public health state of emergency was set to expire on April 11.

The President announced that he was extending both states of emergency until May 11… and that he would not renew them at that time.

(The word “emergency,” by definition, is not that compatible with predicting that it will be an “emergency” for another 4 months or predicting 4 months in advance that it won’t be an “emergency” in 4 months… but hey, that’s just politics like everything else in the COVID-19 rules for a while now!)

In short, it’s really mostly about their internal response to the pandemic.

The state of emergency is not directly related to the entry requirements for foreigners, which is a different presidential proclamation as I mentioned.

But we’ll obviously monitor that and let you know if the USA vaccination requirement is:

  • Lifted on its current end date of May 11 at the same time as the public health emergency
  • Extended even more (everything is possible in this hygiene theater)


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The United States has announced the end of its state of emergency. This has nothing to do with the USA vaccination requirement, so we shouldn’t be too quick to rejoice. We can’t assume that the entry rule will be eliminated as well, even though it is still very likely.

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This Post Has 103 Comments

  1. SSC

    It seems that finally there is the green light for foreign travellers, can you confirm too?

  2. Frank A

    and here we have it ….

    “Beginning May 12, 2023, DHS will no longer require non-U.S. travelers 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. DHS intends to rescind these Title 19 travel restrictions in alignment with the end of the Public Health Emergency and the termination of the Presidential Proclamation on air travel.”

      1. Maria

        Hi Andrew

        I am a bit confused, so beginning May 12 will the non US travelers be able to enter the country by air ( airport) or only by land ( land port) ?
        Thank you! You are doing a great communication work

      2. Andrew D'Amours

        Yes it’s over 🙂

        It was truly my pleasure Maria! I’d love to keep helping you travel in the future as well! 🙂

        You can thank us AND help yourself by using our links for you next travel credit card applications (for Canadians and for Americans). You’ll get a huge welcome bonus worth hundreds of dollars in free travel!

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      3. Gay Wills

        🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞 In plain English please,,, ( No longer need a vaccination to Enter?) this stupidity is finally over? We can all go see Mickey now ,

      4. Bartek

        Do “land ports of entry” include also airports?

      5. Andrew D'Amours

        The rule for land entry has never been really explicitly updated at every renewal, it will be removed everywhere 🙂

      6. Bartek

        I’m sorry Andrew for my previous comment. I haven’t red the last sentence of the news properly. It explains situation with regards to air travel 🙂

    1. Mandy

      so this is the green light??!?! 12th of may? im sorry im shaking and crying.

  3. Will

    Have just seen the news, vaccine mandate lifted from May 11th announced by the White House!! Am over the moon, thank you for the updates throughout Andrew; you kept my hope going!

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Yep, the post was updated last night (refresh or Ctrl+F5 to clear cache).

      It was truly my pleasure to help Will! I’d love to keep helping you travel in the future as well! 🙂

      You can thank us AND help yourself by using our links for you next travel credit card applications (for Canadians and for Americans). You’ll get a huge welcome bonus worth hundreds of dollars in free travel!

      Also, you can support us by signing up for our free newsletter (you’ll get great content), subscribing to our YouTube channel, and following us on your favorite social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, TikTok) and telling your friends about our website!

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Positive interpretation: they just aligned the vaccine requirement with the new CDC guidelines because they want to save face and at least pretend this is logical to end it on a good note.

      1. cheryl

        The CDC specifically says this is for air travel only, so how does this affect land border crossings?

      2. Andrew D'Amours

        As the specifics of the land border rules were never easy to find, we can assume they remain identical to the rules by air.

      3. Gina

        Fingers crossed for us all like I have already said I have a holiday booked for 16th to Orlando , I have never checked online so much for updates …. Taking over my brain and at the same time burning it out , I read your posts everyday and sometimes I feel confident and then I read a negative one , really confused and don’t know how to think … but I am a positive person so shall try to stay that way ….. I have a week before I go to change my holiday which if need be would obviously be to another country , thank you for all your updates 🙌🏽🙌🏽 maybe you could let us know if you hear anything

      4. Christopher

        At least according to that page: “… it will continue to require Covid-19 vaccinations for international travelers entering the United States via air travel, despite the expected end of the nation’s public health emergency on May 11, when most pandemic measures are anticipated to be lifted.”
        And the justification: “… is due to the ongoing risk the coronavirus poses to millions of Americans, particularly adults 65 and older and those with weakened immune systems.”

    2. Gay Wills

      Is this New???? So even after 11th May unvaccinated aren’t allowed to Enter even though the National Emergency will have ended????

      1. Andrew D'Amours

        No, nothing has changed in terms of the end date, nothing.

      2. Gay Wills

        Thank you Andrew , I went into meltdown for a moment lol.
        I’m still preying for a change before Saturday as that’s my last possible day for amending our Holiday or losing it all together ☹️.

      3. Andrew D'Amours

        I would assume they would announce something this week! Let’s hope for it.

  4. Antobuo

    Loved the article, and now I’m only waiting for Biden to pronounce these words :” Air travelers are no more required to show a vaccine certification”

      1. Andrew D'Amours

        Yep, the post was updated last night (refresh or Ctrl+F5 to clear cache).

        It was truly my pleasure to help Kara! I’d love to keep helping you travel in the future as well! 🙂

        You can thank us AND help yourself by using our links for you next travel credit card applications (for Canadians and for Americans). You’ll get a huge welcome bonus worth hundreds of dollars in free travel!

        Also, you can support us by signing up for our free newsletter (you’ll get great content), subscribing to our YouTube channel, and following us on your favorite social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, TikTok) and telling your friends about our website!

  5. Anne

    Hi again,
    I see you say quite a few people have entered without being asked – did I get that correctly?
    Thank you.

  6. Anne

    Thank you for this article.
    I what form do the USA need the proof of vaccination? My daughter has a paper version (pdf or printed, not an App or phone version). Thank you.

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Here’s what the USA officially requires in terms of proof (either of the 3 options works):
      -Vaccination certificate with QR code, digital pass via Smartphone application with QR code (e.g., United Kingdom National Health Service COVID Pass, European Union Digital COVID Certificate)
      -Printout of COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider (e.g., the CDC vaccination card)
      -Digital photos of vaccination card or record, downloaded vaccine record or vaccination certificate from official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without QR code

  7. Gay Wills

    Me again 🤦🏼‍♀️ I have managed to get an extension with regards to paying our Holiday balance before they cancel it completely ☹️, I only have until the 7th May to make a final balance payment on a large Family booking to Disney or we lose thousands of pounds!, one out of our 12 isn’t vaccinated, this is causing so much stress .
    As the payment needs to be made by Sun 7th May UK time, what is the likely hood of an announcement prior to this with regard to the proclamation being extended again? Or would they just say nothing then on the 8th say unvaccinated can travel by which time our Holiday would be ruined for the sake of 3 days!
    Thanks for any help

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      It’s safe to assume they would announce either the extension or the removal of the rule before May 7th. If they haven’t by May 7th, then before your deadline do the math on how much you lose if you risk it :S

      1. Kara

        so if it hasn’t passed the senate and isn’t likely to happen before may 11…why do you keep saying the requirement is ” likely” to end in May..

        I’m stressing as I have a tripped planned very soon

    2. Gina. Booth

      Hi , I am too travelling to Orlando on 16th may from uk , family of 5 my son hasn’t received his 2nd vacianation so I understand your pressure , everyday I am checking for updates …. Arggghhhhh , I haven’t changed mine , I am quite hopefully after doing lots of research, but still not guaranteed, as a last resort I can change my hotel up till 5 days before we travel , so it would still be a loss as regards to flights , but kids are very excited so don’t want to cancel it all yet , very hard …. Good luck to you and your family

      1. Andrew D'Amours

        Is your son under 18? Vaccination requirement only applies to adults.

      2. Gina

        Hi there yes he is 21

      3. Andrew D'Amours

        Oh okay, that’s unfortunate 🙁 Let’s hope they stop this nonsense.

      4. Gay Wills

        Thank you Gina , We can’t afford to miss that Deadline unfortunately as we will lose 30k , as we will be weeks away from travelling our only Alternative is to remove 4 members that are in one room and if the rule changes try to book them back in but then we lose the Disney Dining etc 🤦‍♀️, It’s very stressful and the Holiday Company aren’t really that helpful! So if we don’t know by the 7th we have to pull them out, Breaks my heart as we won’t get this chance again as a Family 😢. I really hope you are able to Travel and if so that you have a fabulous time, I think we all need it after the last few years tbh , 🤞 news is available soon as I can’t stand many more sleepless nights and worry.

      5. Gay Wills

        Have a wonderful holiday with your Family 😊, we will be heading there in July as a family of 12 soooooo Happy this has been resolved

    3. SSC

      Reading the news in Italy I was sure that from May 11 U.S. lifted all the restrictions for the unvaccinated foreign travelers, so much so that I was going to buy tickets for New York departing from Italy on May 12th.
      Luckily there are clear and competent articles like yours, I read this article a week ago and I understood that there is no certainty that from May 11 unvaccinated tourists will be able to travel to the U.S. Now I come to this page every day waiting for new updates (the update of April 19 did not seem comforting to me XD ).
      The idea of flying to New York on May 12 is still there, but I’ll wait for official news to proceed with the purchase of tickets and I hope they won’t let something know just a few days before.

      1. Andrew D'Amours

        Hopefully they’ll announce their intentions a bit earlier than during the last rule extensions!

  8. Frank A

    Interesting past couple of days ….

    Looks like the FDA updated the approved vaxx list. Looks like they unauthorized the monovalent Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. FYI – A monovalent vaccine is a vaccine with one strain of a virus. A bivalent vaccine is a vaccine with two strains of a virus.

    “Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 bivalent mRNA vaccines to simplify the vaccination schedule for most individuals. This action includes authorizing the current bivalent vaccines (original and omicron BA.4/BA.5 strains) to be used for all doses administered to individuals 6 months of age and older, including for an additional dose or doses for certain populations. The monovalent Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are no longer authorized for use in the United States.”

    This lead to the CDC to update the vaxx requirements to ender the USA as per this Twitter post / comparison of March to April 2023

    Now the question is …. most would likely have the older monovalent proof of vaxx – say 2020/2021. Does this now mean most vaxx’ers will NOT be not be allowed into the US as they don’t have the bivalent vaxx? Could this updated CDC list now hinder even those vaxx travelers who “think” they’re up to date?

    Also news to me was both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 bivalent mRNA vaccines are single doses now vs. the double in the past (as per the CDC chart)

      1. Frank A

        The FDA actually did remove the monovalent Moderna & Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines from their authorized list for use in the United States – replaced with the newer bivalents. However, since the CDC is still aligning with the “Vaccines Listed for Emergency Use (EUL) by the World Health Organization” it’s sorta a mute point.

        However, it would be interesting if the US decided not to include the WHO’s list in the future??

  9. Efer

    I’m just out of the San Juan ferry terminal.
    I can confirm I boarded the magical Covid puryfing ferry from Santo Domingo and no questions asked there nor here about vax status.
    The only downside its that it is a 15+ hours trip so you have to plan accordingly.

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Quite the science, right🤡! I’m glad the USA didn’t just let you fly in directly, that would’ve been very dangerous for their citizens😂!
      Thanks for the testimonial. Enjoy the USA 🙂

      1. Jan

        Crazy! I love science! Lol

    2. Lana

      Were you then able to fly out from San Juan to the mainland US without any issues? Nobody asked questions?

      1. Andrew D'Amours

        There is zero doubt about this. The USA has NEVER had any requirement for domestic flights, it’s that simple. No one will ever ask you anything for a domestic flight, same as since the beginning of the pandemic 🙂

      2. Efer

        No issues at all. Once you are in you can move freely.

    3. David

      Hello, I do not understand very well. I know there is the loophole from the Bahamas to Florida with the Ferry but is this another loophole to get into the US without vaccine? If I come from Europe, where should I fly to get to San Juan? And how long from San Juan to the US with the Ferry? Where do you arrive in the US? Thank you.

  10. Will

    Got a holiday booked to Miami on 4th June from U.K, really holding out that the rules change on May 11th! Thanks so much for keeping us up to date, this is the only page I’ve found that gives up-to-date clear information.

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      My pleasure. Thank you for following us! Hoping it will be removed on the 11th so you can enjoy Miami, I’ve been 30 times and love it. Especially during the pandemic when they have been over all this nonsense for a long time haha.

    2. Jeremy

      I know the feeling! I’m from Australia and have a trip booked to Disneyland for 7th June, so I’m keeping hope that it will be dropped next month too!

  11. Écoline Jolie

    Merci pour les informations claires et cette explication détaillée!
    J’étais confuse après la lecture de différents articles sur le sujet…
    Malheureusement, malgré la qualité de votre article, je ne me sens pas en joie…😉

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Ça fait plaisir. En passant, tous nos articles sont disponibles en français si tu préfères, l’option de la langue est toujours dans le menu 🙂

      1. Vee

        oh wow, im bilingual… mais je suis d’avis avec Ecoline Jolie… MERCI d’exister Andrew. Malgre les desagrements, vos articles sont coherents… objectifs… c’est rassurant d’avoir de l’information afin de se preparer a toutes eventualites. Encore merci et restons a l’affut! Bonne semaine a tous!

  12. Carolyn

    I am so VERY thankful for your informed, rational articles. Thanks for all your hard work! (When will this madness end? Argh!)

  13. Viktor

    Thank you for your updates! I also keep tracking this congress website: Is this bill related to that emergency amendment issued by TSA?

    If so, I am more concerned after checking its progress, because it hasn’t even been passed in senate… I cannot imagine vax requirement needs to be extended again if biden does not sign it by May 11.

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Hi, yes that is the one that would end the vaccine requirement itself. It would have to be passed by the Senate, then it could take up to 10 days (Sundays excluded) to be enacted, assuming Biden doesn’t veto it (he didn’t veto the end of the national emergency declaration for what it’s worth).

  14. Mandy

    im so happy i found this site. im from Holland and have a voucher for a USA holiday, cancelled because of Covid. Its difficult to exactly understand everything around Covid in Amerika, we have zero rules.. Hope to visit 17th of May but waiting for green light to make a real booking. Thank you.

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Hi, it’s simple really: according to the current rules, non-citizen adults can’t enter except through ferries from the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. Until at least May 11th, end of day.
      What is a bit complicated is that the rules aren’t always enforced.
      But hopefully starting May 12th everyone will be able to enter and you can visit 🙂

    2. Gina

      Hi all I am also due to fly with my family to Orlando may 16th my son who is 21 has not had his 2nd dose , in uk now all the covid vaccine centres have shut down and most doctors are only now supplying the booster so it’s all messed up for us , I am hoping and praying it is lifted on the 11th , just out of interest what are peoples views as to wether it will be lifted on this date , ? Just need a little hope please I have twin daughters very excited about Disney

      1. Andrew D'Amours

        I think it’s likely to end, but it’s not guaranteed unfortunately. That said, your change/cancelation policy for your travel expenses may be worth checking into in case. Depending on your personal tolerance for risk.

  15. Peter

    Technically the land borders should be re-opening now. The law behind them states that Biden can do almost anything he wants with an order like this, BUT, he tasked the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) to carry out the order. The DHS legally can carry out an order like this only during a National Emergency, which as you stated has ended now. So Biden can keep it legally but task another department to carry it out – which he won’t do – so it should end. The DHS isn’t responding to requests on this (likely waiting for Biden to tell them what to do) which means the land border rule isn’t legal anymore. But since when have politicians cared about the law during covid? They break it and wait for judges to force them to stop.

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      Yeah, might be the case. But as of now, the government is saying that the vaccine mandate rules are still in effect by air and by land/sea. If someone were to contest it, it would probably take weeks for that to get anywhere, unfortunately.

      1. Peter

        There is a lawsuit against Biden (White House) going on right now from an individual in Tennessee. They are asking for an injunction and from what I’m hearing there’s a 50/50 chance that could happen. For those not familiar with US law an injunction is a temporary halt of the law, in this case the vaccine mandate. So if that is successful then it will be all over and we should know within 3 weeks.

  16. Traveller2

    I don’t agree with you, I think the mandate’s gone with today’s bill from Biden.
    All rules have been introduced because of the national emergency: every extension started with the title “EMERGENCY AMENDMENT”. There’s no more emergency because of this bill signed by the president, so it’s basically dead.

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      There is still a public health emergency, which may be why they are able to keep the vaccine mandate.

    2. Liz

      Hi – Just wanted to say they are still asking at the land border crossing today! Maybe it will take a few days for them to be told to stop but border guards are still asking as of 2pm April 11th.

      1. Andrew D'Amours

        They won’t stop asking until the requirement is lifted, which will sadly not be in just a few days, barring a sudden change.

      2. George

        Which land border did you get asked at ?

  17. Alexa

    Hey Andrew

    I’ve been following your posts for information on the requirements. I note your article says that the end of the covid emergency has nothing to do with the travel rules. I believe this is true only for air travel.
    As you may know, travel by land and ferry is not covered by the Proclamation and is in fact linked to the end of the covid emergency.
    Technically, the Proclamation only covers air travel, and not travel by land or ferry. That requirement is laid out by the Department of Homeland Security, and they used the covid emergency to instate those travel restrictions. So technically with the end of the covid emergency, the restrictions by land and ferry should terminate immediately, but as you have said before, nothing with this Administration makes any sense.

    This article super helpful:


    1. Andrew D'Amours

      My understanding is that the vaccine rule can still be enforced since the public health emergency is still in effect. At least that’s what their government is saying, so if someone were to contest it, it would probably take weeks for that to get anywhere, unfortunately.

  18. Rose

    Thank you for continuing to provide updates and insights on this issue. I’m checking regularly for an update having seen news that Novak Djokovic will be attending the US Open this year.

    Hopefully an update will come soon giving the close proximity to May 11th.

  19. Carolyn

    I *really* appreciate all your clear, succinct updates. Praying that this insanity will end soon, and won’t be surprised if it doesn’t.

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      My pleasure, being a traveler and being open-minded and exploring other countries to broaden my horizons and learn about other people’s points of view has logically always made me against discrimination in all its forms. Just being coherent really.

      1. Stephanie

        what are the chances of driving overand flying from Bangor?

      2. Andrew D'Amours

        Hard to evaluate chances.
        I would say almost all the many testimonials we received said the customs agents didn’t ask for PROOF (of course if they ask your vaccination status and you say you are not vaccinated, all customs agents will deny entry).
        Many agents didn’t ask anything at all (but some ask for vaccination status without asking for proof).
        So it’s definitely not 100%.
        Not sure if it’s different in different US states. I know you guys in the Atlantic region were veryyyy scared of COVID-19, so I don’t know if that would mean the customs agents in Maine would be more likely to ask or less likely.

  20. Jan

    Thanks for the update. As we are thinking of a Vancouver cruise departure in may, are you aware of the prescreening at US border control at Canada place? Are they turning away unvaccinated Canadians? Thanks

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      I would assume so, but maybe the cruise line can tell you more specifically.

      1. Jan

        Thanks will do.

  21. Bill

    I would like to know when travel restrictions will be lifted

      1. Andrew D'Amours

        Maybe, we’ll let you know as soon as there’s any indication for sure.

  22. Karla Kerr

    I suspected as much, but so appreciate this explanation of what may or may not happen. Your site is invaluable for many things – thank you.

      1. brody

        Thomas Massie
        Thank you @USTravel
        for vocally supporting H.R. 185 to remove the COVID vaccine requirement for international visitors flying to the United States. This bill will reunite families and promote commerce. Congress votes on H.R. 185 next week!

      2. Stephanie

        will you update us if this happens even b4 April 10th. I’m praying I can travel to the US with my 11 year old daughters team.

      3. Andrew D'Amours

        Hi, yes for sure we’ll write about any change! You can sign up for our free newsletter and join 95,000+ Canadian travelers who get all the travel updates (and travel tips and deals) in their inbox directly.

      4. Stephanie

        I’ve seen that April 10th has been extended til May 11th (transportation security administration) the emergency amendment. Have you seen this yet and does that mean still unable to cross?

      5. Andrew D'Amours

        Yes, it has been extended, here are the details:
        But to be clear, no, it does not mean you’re “unable” to cross, many have been doing for a long time since it’s not often enforced.
        And you are able to enter while following the rules, if you do it by sea from countries other than Canada and Mexico.

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