US border restrictions between Canada and Mexico will now be in place until October 21st. The restrictions, which bar non-essential travel between the borders, were due to expire on September 21st. The current restrictions have been in place since March due to Coronavirus prevention measures. However, extensions have been occurring every month since.
US Border Restrictions have Been Extended Between Canada and Mexico until October 21st
In a tweet, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said, “We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through October 21.”
The ban only covers non-essential travel. Currently, health-care workers, drivers transporting essential goods, temporary foreign workers and more will continue to be exempt. The news comes days after the U.S. State Department downgraded its travel advisory for Mexico. The advisory has gone from a Level 4 “do not travel” to a Level 3 “reconsider travel”.
A statement from the DHS website says that: “The U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments are taking necessary action to fight against this pandemic together.” To see more on current restrictions please see here.