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The U.S. Will Keep Border Restrictions In Place With Canada And Mexico Until January 21st
Coronavirus cases are still on the rise, resulting in Canada and Mexico keeping their land borders shut from the U.S. until 2021.
According to Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, travel restrictions will be extended until January 21st, 2021, a day after Joe Biden takes oath as the 46th president of the United States.
Wolf tweeted. “We are working closely with Mexico and Canada to keep essential trade and travel open while also protecting our citizens from the virus.”
Borders were originally closed in March at the beginning of the pandemic. Americans can still travel by air to Mexico and Canada, but land borders are closed. When traveling to Canada, only essential travel is allowed and every traveler has to show proof of essential purposes.
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minster of Canada stated during Canada’s Assembly of First Nations, “It will be a real shame to open things too quickly and see vulnerabilities, so I’m going to be very, very cautious when it comes to keeping Canadians safe, even if there’s lots of pressure to allow international travel again.”
Chad Wolf also hinted through tweets that restrictions could be changed once the vaccine has been widely administered: “As this administration continues to make great progress on a vaccine for COVID-19, we will reevaluate non-essential travel restrictions again early in the new year.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still urging citizens to not travel to Mexico.