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

20 Oct 20

UNITED STATES

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced on Twitter Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security 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 Nov. 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 include 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.

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