COVID-19 Border Restriction

U.S.-Mexico Border Travel Restriction due to COVID-19
Yesterday (3/20/20), the Trump administration announced that travel through ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border will be 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 Level 4: Do Not Travel warning. For more information about country-specific travel advisories during the coronavirus emergency, click here.

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