Notification of the Lifting of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Mexico for Certain Individuals Who Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 and Can Present Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Status, 72843-72844 [2021-28064]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 244 / Thursday, December 23, 2021 / Rules and Regulations fully vaccinated, because such travel is currently defined as essential travel. DATES: The lifting of these restrictions began at 12 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on November 8, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Watson, Office of Field Operations Coronavirus Coordination Cell, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at 202–325–0840. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of Action On October 21, 2021, the Secretary announced his decision to continue to temporarily restrict the non-essential travel of individuals from Canada into the United States via land POEs and ferry terminals along the United StatesCanada border.1 The Secretary further announced that he intended to lift these restrictions for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID–19 and have appropriate proof of vaccination to align with changes to international travel by air.2 The Secretary stated that any such modifications to the restrictions would be accomplished via a posting to the DHS website (https://www.dhs.gov) and followed by a publication in the Federal Register.3 On October 29, 2021, DHS posted to its website an announcement that beginning November 8, 2021, nonessential travel would be permitted through land POEs and ferry terminals, provided that the traveler is fully vaccinated against COVID–19 and can present proof of COVID–19 vaccination status. DHS stated that unvaccinated travelers may continue to cross the U.S.Canada border at land POEs and ferry terminals for essential travel, including lawful trade, emergency response, and public health purposes.4 Thus, starting November 8, 2021, when arriving at a U.S. land POE or ferry terminal, travelers who are traveling for a nonessential reason should be prepared to: (1) Present proof of COVID–19 vaccination as outlined on the CDC website; 5 and (2) verbally attest to the 1 86 FR 58218. 2 Id. 3 Id. at 58220. DHS, Fact Sheet: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals, https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/29/ fact-sheet-guidance-travelers-enter-us-land-portsentry-and-ferry-terminals (released Oct. 29, 2021; last updated Nov. 23, 2021); see also DHS, Frequently Asked Questions: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals, https://www.dhs.gov/news/ 2021/10/29/frequently-asked-questions-guidancetravelers-enter-us-land-ports-entry-and-ferry (released Oct. 29, 2021; last updated Nov. 23, 2021). 5 See CDC, Requirement for Proof of COVID–19 Vaccination for Air Passengers https:// www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/ proof-of-vaccination.html (updated Nov. 24, 2021). jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with RULES1 4 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:16 Dec 22, 2021 Jkt 256001 reason for their travel and COVID–19 vaccination status. The lifting of restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals does not affect U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States, regardless of whether the individual is fully vaccinated, because such travel is currently defined as essential travel. Consistent with the October 21, 2021 Federal Register notice and the October 29, 2021 web posting, DHS is publishing this notice of the lifting of the nonessential travel restrictions for certain individuals as described above. Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2021–28063 Filed 12–21–21; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 9112–FP–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection 19 CFR Chapter I Notification of the Lifting of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Mexico for Certain Individuals Who Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID–19 and Can Present Proof of COVID–19 Vaccination Status Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notification of the lifting of temporary travel restrictions for certain travelers. AGENCY: This Notification announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to lift the temporary restrictions that apply to nonessential travel by certain individuals. Specifically, the Secretary has lifted such restrictions for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID–19, can present proof of COVID– 19 vaccination status, and are seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry (POEs) and ferry terminals along the U.S.-Mexico border. The lifting of restrictions for such fully vaccinated individuals does not affect U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States, regardless of whether the individual is fully vaccinated, because such travel is currently defined as essential travel. DATES: The lifting of these restrictions began at 12 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on November 8, 2021. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 72843 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Watson, Office of Field Operations Coronavirus Coordination Cell, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at 202–325–0840. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of Action On October 21, 2021, the Secretary announced his decision to continue to temporarily restrict the non-essential travel of individuals from Mexico into the United States via land POEs and ferry terminals along the United StatesMexico border.1 The Secretary further announced that he intended to lift these restrictions for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID–19 and have appropriate proof of vaccination to align with changes to international travel by air.2 The Secretary stated that any such modifications to the restrictions would be accomplished via a posting to the DHS website (https://www.dhs.gov) and followed by a publication in the Federal Register.3 On October 29, 2021, DHS posted to its website an announcement that beginning November 8, 2021, nonessential travel would be permitted through land POEs and ferry terminals, provided that the traveler is fully vaccinated against COVID–19 and can present proof of COVID–19 vaccination status. DHS stated that unvaccinated travelers may continue to cross the U.S.Mexico border at land POEs and ferry terminals for essential travel, including lawful trade, emergency response, and public health purposes.4 Thus, starting November 8, 2021, when arriving at a U.S. land POE or ferry terminal, travelers who are traveling for a nonessential reason should be prepared to: (1) Present proof of COVID–19 vaccination as outlined on the CDC website; 5 and (2) verbally attest to the reason for their travel and COVID–19 vaccination status. The lifting of restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals does not affect U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents 1 86 FR 58216. 2 Id. 3 Id. at 58218. DHS, Fact Sheet: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals, https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/29/ fact-sheet-guidance-travelers-enter-us-land-portsentry-and-ferry-terminals (released Oct. 29, 2021; last updated Nov. 23, 2021); see also DHS, Frequently Asked Questions: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals, https://www.dhs.gov/news/ 2021/10/29/frequently-asked-questions-guidancetravelers-enter-us-land-ports-entry-and-ferry (released Oct. 29, 2021; last updated Nov. 23, 2021). 5 See CDC, Requirement for Proof of COVID–19 Vaccination for Air Passengers https:// www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/ proof-of-vaccination.html (updated Nov. 24, 2021). 4 See E:\FR\FM\23DER1.SGM 23DER1 72844 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 244 / Thursday, December 23, 2021 / Rules and Regulations returning to the United States, regardless of whether the individual is fully vaccinated, because such travel is currently defined as essential travel. Consistent with the October 21, 2021 Federal Register notice and the October 29, 2021 web posting, DHS is publishing this notice of the lifting of the nonessential travel restrictions for certain individuals as described above. SUMMARY: administer the BSA has been delegated to the Director of FinCEN.1 Pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 5314, the Secretary is authorized to require any ‘‘resident or citizen of the United States or a person in, and doing business in, the United States, to . . . keep records and file reports, when the resident, citizen, or person makes a transaction or maintains a relation for any person with a foreign financial agency.’’ The regulations implementing 31 U.S.C. 5314 appear at 31 CFR 1010.350, 1010.360, and 1010.420. Section 1010.350 sets forth the requirements for filing a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR), which generally require each U.S. person having a financial interest in, or signature or other authority over, a bank, securities, or other financial account in a foreign country to report such relationship for each year in which such relationship exists. Section 1010.420 outlines the recordkeeping requirements associated with foreign financial accounts required to be reported under Section 1010.350. Section 1010.360, commonly referred to as the report of foreign financial agency transactions, provides that FinCEN may promulgate regulations requiring specified financial institutions to file reports of certain transactions with designated foreign financial agencies. I. Background II. Civil Monetary Penalty Section 5321 of Title 31 of the U.S. Code describes civil monetary penalties for violations of the BSA. In October 1986, Congress amended 31 U.S.C. 5321 to add a provision—31 U.S.C. 5321(a)(5)—authorizing a civil monetary penalty for willful violations of section 5314. (Pub. L. 99–570, section 1357(c), October 26, 1986) (‘‘the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986’’ or the ‘‘1986 Act’’)). The terms of the 1986 amendment were incorporated into the BSA implementing regulations at 31 CFR 1010.820(g).2 The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 amended 31 U.S.C. 5321(a)(5). The amendments revised the manner in which the penalty is calculated, including an increase to the maximum amount that could be assessed for willful violations of section 5314. Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2021–28064 Filed 12–21–21; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 9112–FP–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 31 CFR Part 1010 RIN 1506–AB53 Bank Secrecy Act Regulations— Reports of Foreign Financial Accounts Civil Penalties Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Treasury. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with RULES1 FinCEN is amending the Bank Secrecy Act civil penalty regulations relating to the requirements for reporting foreign financial accounts and for reporting transactions with foreign financial agencies. The amendments remove civil penalty language, which was made obsolete with the enactment of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 revised the manner for computing the penalty, including providing a greater maximum penalty for willful violations than was previously authorized. DATES: Effective Date: The final rule is effective December 23, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FinCEN Regulatory Support Section at 1–800–767–2825 or electronically at https://fincen.gov/contact. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purposes of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Titles I and II of Public Law 91– 508, as amended, codified at 12 U.S.C. 1829b, 12 U.S.C. 1951–1959, and 31 U.S.C. 5311–5314 and 5316–5336, include, among other things, requiring certain reports or records that are highly useful in criminal, tax, or regulatory investigations. The regulations implementing the BSA appear at 31 CFR chapter X. The Secretary’s authority to VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:16 Dec 22, 2021 Jkt 256001 III. Section by Section Analysis Section 821 of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 is self-executing, and the penalty provisions apply to violations occurring after the date of its enactment. For those reasons, the provisions in 31 CFR 1010.820(g) are obsolete and superseded by statute. 1 See 2 52 PO 00000 Treasury Order 180–01 (Jan. 14, 2020). FR 11436, April 8, 1987. Frm 00066 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 FinCEN is therefore rescinding 31 CFR 1010.820(g). The remaining paragraphs (h) and (i) in § 1010.820 are redesignated as paragraphs (g) and (h). IV. Administrative Procedure Act and Effective Date Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), an agency may, for good cause, find (and incorporate the finding and a brief statement of reasons therefore in the rules issued) that notice and public procedure thereon are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. The final rule rescinds civil penalty regulations at 31 CFR 1010.820(g)(1) and (2) because they have been rendered obsolete with the 2004 amendments to 31 U.S.C. 5321(a)(5). The agency has therefore determined that publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking and providing opportunity for public comment is unnecessary. This amendment to the regulations merely conforms the regulations to the current statute. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) of the APA, the required publication or service of a substantive rule shall be made not less than 30 days before its effective date, except, among other things, as provided by the agency for good cause found and published with the rule. FinCEN finds that there is good cause for shortened notice since 31 CFR 1010.820(g) is obsolete and the revisions made by this final rule are non-substantive and technical. This final rule takes effect on December 23, 2021. V. Regulatory Flexibility Act The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) (RFA) does not apply to a rulemaking where a general notice of proposed rulemaking is not required. As noted above, FinCEN has determined that it is unnecessary to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking for this final rule. Accordingly, the RFA’s requirements relating to an initial and final regulatory flexibility analysis do not apply. VI. Executive Order 13563 and 12866 Executive Orders 13563 and 12866 direct agencies to assess costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). Executive Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. FinCEN E:\FR\FM\23DER1.SGM 23DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 244 (Thursday, December 23, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

19 CFR Chapter I


Notification of the Lifting of Temporary Travel Restrictions 
Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the 
United States and Mexico for Certain Individuals Who Are Fully 
Vaccinated Against COVID-19 and Can Present Proof of COVID-19 
Vaccination Status

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland 
Security.

ACTION: Notification of the lifting of temporary travel restrictions 
for certain travelers.

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SUMMARY: This Notification announces the decision of the Secretary of 
Homeland Security (Secretary) to lift the temporary restrictions that 
apply to non-essential travel by certain individuals. Specifically, the 
Secretary has lifted such restrictions for individuals who have been 
fully vaccinated against COVID-19, can present proof of COVID-19 
vaccination status, and are seeking to enter the United States via land 
ports of entry (POEs) and ferry terminals along the U.S.-Mexico border. 
The lifting of restrictions for such fully vaccinated individuals does 
not affect U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to 
the United States, regardless of whether the individual is fully 
vaccinated, because such travel is currently defined as essential 
travel.

DATES: The lifting of these restrictions began at 12 a.m. Eastern 
Standard Time (EST) on November 8, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Watson, Office of Field 
Operations Coronavirus Coordination Cell, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) at 202-325-0840.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice of Action

    On October 21, 2021, the Secretary announced his decision to 
continue to temporarily restrict the non-essential travel of 
individuals from Mexico into the United States via land POEs and ferry 
terminals along the United States-Mexico border.\1\ The Secretary 
further announced that he intended to lift these restrictions for 
individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have 
appropriate proof of vaccination to align with changes to international 
travel by air.\2\ The Secretary stated that any such modifications to 
the restrictions would be accomplished via a posting to the DHS website 
(https://www.dhs.gov) and followed by a publication in the Federal 
Register.\3\
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    \1\ 86 FR 58216.
    \2\ Id.
    \3\ Id. at 58218.
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    On October 29, 2021, DHS posted to its website an announcement that 
beginning November 8, 2021, non-essential travel would be permitted 
through land POEs and ferry terminals, provided that the traveler is 
fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and can present proof of COVID-19 
vaccination status. DHS stated that unvaccinated travelers may continue 
to cross the U.S.-Mexico border at land POEs and ferry terminals for 
essential travel, including lawful trade, emergency response, and 
public health purposes.\4\ Thus, starting November 8, 2021, when 
arriving at a U.S. land POE or ferry terminal, travelers who are 
traveling for a non-essential reason should be prepared to: (1) Present 
proof of COVID-19 vaccination as outlined on the CDC website; \5\ and 
(2) verbally attest to the reason for their travel and COVID-19 
vaccination status. The lifting of restrictions for fully vaccinated 
individuals does not affect U.S. citizens and lawful permanent 
residents

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returning to the United States, regardless of whether the individual is 
fully vaccinated, because such travel is currently defined as essential 
travel.
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    \4\ See DHS, Fact Sheet: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the 
U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals, https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/29/fact-sheet-guidance-travelers-enter-us-land-ports-entry-and-ferry-terminals (released Oct. 29, 2021; last 
updated Nov. 23, 2021); see also DHS, Frequently Asked Questions: 
Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Ports of Entry and 
Ferry Terminals, https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/29/frequently-asked-questions-guidance-travelers-enter-us-land-ports-entry-and-ferry (released Oct. 29, 2021; last updated Nov. 23, 2021).
    \5\ See CDC, Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for 
Air Passengers https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html (updated Nov. 24, 2021).
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    Consistent with the October 21, 2021 Federal Register notice and 
the October 29, 2021 web posting, DHS is publishing this notice of the 
lifting of the non-essential travel restrictions for certain 
individuals as described above.

Alejandro N. Mayorkas,
Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2021-28064 Filed 12-21-21; 4:15 pm]
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