The US Government Extends the US, Canada, Mexico Border Closure for Another Month

The US Government extends the US, Canada, Mexico border closure for non-essential travel until August 21, 2021.  The extension follows Canada’s announcement on Monday to permit fully vaccinated travelers from the US as soon as August 9.

The Department of Homeland Security says the agency remains in close communication with their counterparts to evaluate the best path forward, including whether the US will follow Canada’s example and reopen only to fully vaccinated travelers.

Current Restrictions
  • The border is closed for all non-essential travel.
  • The US allows travel from Canada and Mexico, but all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may also provide proof of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.
  • Until August 9, Canada does not allow US travelers to fly to Canada for non-essential purposes.
  • Travelers crossing the US land border do not need negative COVID-19 tests.
EIG Insights

On March 24, 2020, DHS, in coordination with its counterparts in Canada and Mexico, announced it would temporarily limit travel from Canada and Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry to “essential travel.”  DHS has since extended the limitations each month.

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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