COVID-19: DHS to extend nonessential travel ban with Canada, Mexico

20 Nov 20

UNITED STATES

The Department of Homeland Security has announced it will extend COVID-19 restrictions on nonessential travel across the U.S.’s land borders with Canada and Mexico.

Key Points:

  • The restrictions will be extended through Dec. 21.
  • Only “essential travel” is permitted at all land ports of entry along the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders.
  • The list of individuals permitted to engage in “essential travel” includes: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) returning to the U.S. and people traveling to work in the U.S. (e.g., agricultural workers), engaging in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers transporting goods), or traveling to attend school, receive medical treatment, for public health purposes, or a limited number of other reasons.
  • The restrictions do not apply to air or sea travel, but do apply to passenger rail, passenger ferry travel and pleasure boat travel.

Additional Information: The nonessential travel bans were imposed March 20, initially for 30 days, and have since been extended in 30-day increments.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@balglobal.com.

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