US/CA/MX Land Border Closure Extended Through August

July 20, 2020 | United States of America

In response to rising cases of COVID-19, the United States, Mexico, and Canada have extended a reciprocal land border closure through August.

All North American land borders will remain closed for non-essential travel through August 21st. The latest border extension was proposed by Mexico in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the United States. Additionally, Canada announced plans to increase surveillance and enforcement at many of its border crossings into the United States.

Aside from heightened security measures, the provisions of the border closures will remain the same. Land borders between the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. and Canada are closed to non-essential travel, including travel for tourism and recreation. The travel restrictions will continue to limit the travel of individuals at U.S. – Mexico and U.S. – Canada borders for essential purposes only through August 21st or until further notice. Essential travel includes U.S. citizens and permanent residents returning to the U.S., people traveling to the U.S. for work purposes, lawful cross-border trade (such as trucks delivering goods), and travel for other specific purposes such as attending school or receiving medical treatment.

The border closures were initially introduced in March 2020. They were further extended in April, May, and June due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19.