The restrictions on secondary trips have been extended until September 21.
On Friday, the United States extended until September 21 restrictions on crossing land borders with Canada and Mexico in terms of minor trips, including tourism. This happened despite Ottawa’s decision to open its border to vaccinate U.S. citizens.
The US Department of Homeland Security extended the ban for another 30 days after Canada announced in July that starting from August 9, fully vaccinated Americans will be allowed to enter the country.
“Working with experts in the field of public health and medicine, the Department of Homeland Security continues to work closely with its partners in the United States and internationally to identify safe and reliable ways to normalize travel,” the department said in a tweet.
The United States first imposed restrictions on crossing land borders with Canada and Mexico in March 2020, immediately after the first outbreak of COVID-19 occurred in the country. Since then, this ban has been consistently extended every 30 days, and the current extension was expected.
The borders will remain closed after the end of the usually busy summer tourist season in the United States. Airline representatives say that the restrictions may be lifted in at least a few weeks, possibly months, as the number of cases of COVID-19 infections has begun to grow again in the United States.
Restrictions on crossing the land border do not apply to U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the country returning to the United States from Canada and Mexico.
In addition to the restrictions imposed on the land border of Canada and Mexico, entry to the United States is prohibited for most foreigners who have been in the UK, 26 Schengen countries, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, and Brazil over the past 14 days.
The White House confirmed on August 5 that the administration might introduce a mandatory vaccination requirement for all visitors from abroad as part of the resumption of international travel. Still, a final decision has not yet been made.
In June, the United States created interdepartmental working groups with the authorities of the European Union, Great Britain, Canada, and Mexico to develop a plan to lift restrictions on border crossing.