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CBP Offers Travel Tips, Reminds Noncitizens of Vaccine Proof Requirement as Spring Break Approaches

Release Date: 
March 10, 2022

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Laredo Field Office is advising the traveling public to have their entry documents ready, vaccine proof ready if they are noncitizens and declare agricultural items as we approach the Spring Break travel season.

“As the Spring Break travel season looms, we would like to encourage travelers to have their entry documentation ready as they approach our primary inspection booths, declare agricultural items to minimize delays and avoid possible fines,” said Director, Field Operations Randy J. Howe, Laredo Field Office.

Travel by noncitizens with valid entry documents for nonessential reasons at land border ports of entry resumed on Nov. 8, 2021. At the time, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminded these travelers to be prepared to (1) provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website; and (2) verbally attest to their reason for travel and COVID-19 vaccination status during a border inspection.

Returning U.S. citizens and lawful permanent U.S. residents are exempted from this requirement.

U.S. citizens are reminded to bring a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document, such as a valid U.S. passport, Trusted Traveler Program card, Enhanced Driver’s License, or Enhanced Tribal Card, when re-entering the United States and should be prepared to present a WHTI-compliant document if requested by a CBP Officer during a border inspection. Any non-citizen attempting to enter the United States through illegal means or without appropriate documentation may be subject to expulsion or removal.

CBP encourages all travelers to have their WHTI-compliant entry documents in hand as they approach primary inspection booths and to declare all agricultural items, liquor, and currency or monetary instruments in excess of $10,000.

To help reduce wait times and long lines, travelers can take advantage of facial biometrics and the CBP One™, which is a single portal for CBP mobile applications and services.

If travelers have questions on what items are permissible for entry and which are not, CBP encourages them to consult the prohibited and restricted items list in CBP’s Know Before You Go guide before they make their trip.

Follow the Director of CBP’s Laredo Field Office on Twitter at @DFOLaredo and also U.S. Customs and Border Protection at @CBPSouthTexas for breaking news, current events, human interest stories and photos.

Last modified: 
March 10, 2022