Extension of Temporary Travel Restrictions between Canada and Mexico Due to COVID-19

 

In the June 24 edition of the Federal Register, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the extension of the temporary travel restrictions of individuals from Canada and Mexico into the United States until July 21. Travel is currently limited to “essential travel,” which includes:

 

  • U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States;
  • Individuals traveling for medical purposes (e.g., to receive medical treatment in the United States);
  • Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions;
  • Individuals traveling to work in the United States (e.g., individuals working in the farming or agriculture industry who must travel between the United States and Mexico in furtherance of such work);
  • Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes (e.g., government officials or emergency responders entering the United States to support federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government efforts to respond to COVID-19 or other emergencies);
  • Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo between the United States and Mexico);
  • Individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel;
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the spouses and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, returning to the United States; and
  • Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations.

 

According to the notices, at this time, this does not apply to “air, freight rail, or sea travel” between the United States and both Canada and Mexico, but does “apply to passenger rail, passenger ferry travel, and pleasure boat travel.”

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