US Extends Land Border Closure For Another Month

US Extends Land Border Closure For Another Month

The US government has once again extended the ban on non-essential travel across its land borders with Mexico and Canada for a further month.

The White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients confirmed to reporters that the policy has been protracted once again, through 21 October.

The policy, first implemented in March 2020 has seen continuous extensions made on a monthly basis ever since.

The land-crossing restrictions were mutually agreed upon by the US and both Canada and Mexico until Canada took the leap and reopened the border to vaccinated US travellers in August. Clearly, the US government hasn’t seen fit to reciprocate the gesture just yet.

Non-essential travellers can still reach Mexico and Canada by air. Travellers from Canada and Mexico can also visit the US by air.

The land borders restrictions do not apply to US citizens, as they will be permitted back into the United States if they cross by land after visiting Canada or Mexico.

Travel from the US to Canada

While Canadians still cannot cross the land border into the US, American travellers can cross the border into Canada. In August, the Canadian government waived restrictions at the land border for vaccinated travellers coming from the US following a 17-month ban on non-essential travel. 

Visitors from the United States are able to drive into Canada for non-essential purposes and do not have to quarantine upon arrival if they are fully vaccinated since 09 August.

International travellers into Canada should be fully vaccinated to be allowed entry.

All travellers arriving in Canada must also provide proof of a negative COVID PCR test result taken within 72 hours or valid proof of full recovery from the last 180 days.

International Travel to Mexico

There are currently no restrictions for travellers from Canada or the US to visit Mexico by land or air. 

Although there were reports that Mexico will impose health and travel restrictions at tourists hotspots across Mexico, however, nothing official has been announced.

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