The United States and Mexico federal governments extended the agreements to keep the southern U.S. borders limited to essential travel for another 30 days, potentially to October 21, 2020.
“We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through October 21,” Wolf wrote.Chad Wolf, U.S. Homeland Security Department Secretary 9/18/2020
Examples of those who are exempt from “non-essential”
- citizens returning to their home countries
- Essential cross-border workers
- Essential trade workers (truck drivers, busses and airlines crews)
South of Texas (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas): We have a report from Central Mexico (“Mexico Mike Nelson“) that traffic is flowing again. They will check your temperature at entrances to the towns, and it is not recommended that you go into the small villages at this time.
South of Arizona (Sonora): Nothing yet. Essential business strictly enforced.
South of California (Baja): If you own a home or property in Mexico, or have a lease you should bring it. They will check your temperature as you enter towns. The northbound border crossing is long waits – plan accordingly.
U.S.-Mexico Border Travel Restriction due to COVID-19
Yesterday (5/19/20), the Trump administration announced that travel through ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border will remain restricted to essential travel.
COVID-19 Border Restriction “Essential Travel” includes:
- U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States
- Individuals traveling for medical purposes
- Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions
- Individuals traveling to work in the United States (individuals working in the farming or agriculture industry who must travel between the U.S. and Mexico to work)
- Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes (government officials or emergency responders entering the U.S. 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 (truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo between the U.S. 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
- Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations.
COVID-19 Border Restrictions affet Individuals traveling for tourism purposes. For example, Spring Break, sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events) do not fall under the definition of “essential travel” and will be restricted from crossing through ports of entry.
In Addition to COVID-19 Border Restrictions:
Additionally, the U.S. Department of State has issued a . For more information about country-specific travel advisories during the coronavirus emergency, click here.
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