The US Extends Non-Essential Border Closure with Canada and Mexico

On Friday, August 20, the Department of Homeland Security announced via tweet that the current restrictions for non-essential travel between the United States and Canada and Mexico would remain in place until at least September 21, 2021. The restrictions were introduced in March of 2020 and have been extended monthly.

There are a number of exceptions to the border restrictions for travel to the US, including for cross-border trade and commerce, US citizens and lawful permanent residents, and people traveling for medical care or for school.

In July, the Canadian government announced plans to reopen the country’s border to fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents from August 9 and for fully vaccinated international travelers from September 7, 2021.


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In June, the White House launched working groups with the EU, UK, Canada, and Mexico to chart a path toward reopening and lifting travel restrictions.

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