US extends COVID-19 travel restrictions between Mexico and Canada

Land and ferry border crossings between the United States, Canada and Mexico will remain banned from unnecessary travel until at least July 21st.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an extension of the border closure on Monday. Commercial trucks remain free to move across national borders, as the movement of essentials remains exempt from restrictions.

“To reduce the # COVID 19 epidemic, the United States will make unnecessary trips at our land and ferry intersections with Canada and Mexico until July 21, while ensuring access to important trade and travel. We are expanding our limits. ” Tweet From DHS.

To delay the spread of COVID-19, the trilateral borders have been closed due to unnecessary travel since March 2020. Since then, the limits have been extended every month.

Some Texas border officials said the DHS needed plans to ease restrictions rather than extend the closure every month.

“Uncertainty, delays and politics disrupt the lives and livelihoods of millions of people who rely on cross-border commerce,” John Valera, CEO of the Borderplex Alliance, said in a statement. “I reiterated to the White House that brave men and women from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection must be equipped with the resources, training, and personnel needed to work safely and effectively. It’s time for Washington and Mexico City to prioritize their borders. “

This limit does not directly affect cross-border cargo volumes between the United States, Canada and Mexico. These cargoes have recovered from the lowest pandemic levels to record levels in recent months.

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