US Extends Mexico and Canada Border Restrictions till Aug. 21
The United States is extending non-essential travel restrictions for the US northern and southern borders until at least August 21. U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed for another month, according to documents published in the Federal Register. The previous border restrictions were set to expire on Thursday, July 22, 2021.
The US has been limiting non-essential travel along both land borders since the start of the pandemic. Those restrictions has been continuously extended on a monthly basis. The restrictions don’t apply to cross-border trade, US citizens and lawful permanent residents, as well as people traveling for medical purposes or to attend educational institutions.
This latest closure extension with Canada at least is somewhat surprising, and it could be the last one. Canada said Monday that it would reopen its borders to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents on August 9. It will also open up to other vaccinated travelers about a month later. That means that for two weeks in August, Americans will be able to cross the border into Canada but Canadians won’t be allowed to go in the opposite direction.
While DHS extended the closures for one more month, it does note positive developments in recent weeks. On June 7, 2021, CDC moved Canada and Mexico from COVID-19 Level 4 (Very High) to Level 3 (High) in recognition of conditions that, while still requiring significant safeguards, are improving.
The border closures do not mean a full stop for travelers. Canadians and Mexicans have been allowed to fly into the U.S. with proof of a negative coronavirus test or recovery from COVID-19, which is a requirement before boarding any international flight to the U.S..