U.S. Extends Ban On Nonessential Travel At Land Borders Until July 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will extend current restrictions on nonessential travel at land ports of entry between the U.S. and Canada and the U.S. and Mexico until July 21. Only “essential travel” is permitted at all land ports of entry along the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders. The restrictions do not include those traveling by airline or by sea, but do apply to passenger rail, passenger ferry travel and pleasure boat travel.

The list of individuals permitted to engage in “essential travel” includes U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) returning to the U.S. and people traveling to work in the U.S. (e.g., agricultural workers), engaging in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers transporting goods), or traveling to attend school, receive medical treatment, for public health purposes, or a limited number of other reasons.