Just weeks ago, officials in the United States and Mexico extended travel restrictions at the border until Dec. 21. Now, they’ve been extended again — this time until late January.
Restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border first implemented in March to help slow the spread of the coronavirus are now set to remain in place until at least Jan. 21.
They’re meant to prevent travel the U.S. State Department has defined as nonessential, like tourism, shopping and recreational activities. Travel for medical purposes, work or school is considered essential.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not prevented from returning home under the restrictions. And because there is minimal southbound enforcement, many people in the U.S. have continued crossing the border with little difficulty, while most of their neighbors in Mexico have been unable to cross for nearly 10 months.
In order to continue to prevent the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Jan. 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to keep essential trade & travel open while also protecting our citizens from the virus.— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) December 11, 2020
Tras revisar el desarrollo de la propagación de #COVID19 y debido a que diversas entidades se encuentran en color Naranja del Semáforo Epidemiológico, planteó a la extensión por un mes más, de las restricciones al tránsito terrestre no esencial en su frontera común.— Relaciones Exteriores (@SRE_mx) December 11, 2020