"These updated?travel?requirements?reflect the Biden-Harris?Administration's commitment to?protecting public health while safely facilitating?the?cross-border trade and travel?that is?critical to?our economy," Secretary?Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.?
The restrictions, which apply to all foreign essential workers, had been expected since U.S. officials announced them in October. They follow a similar rule that took effect at the Canadian border last Saturday.
The border COVID-19 vaccine mandates are coming into force despite pushback from the truck industry. The impact will be felt most acutely for the U.S.-Canada freight market, where around 160,000 truckers regularly cross the border — 75% of whom are Canadian.