U.S.-Canada-Mexico “Non-Essential” Travel Restrictions Extended to 01/21/2022
UPDATED 10/21/2021: USDHS/USCBP has posted to the Federal Register that the Non-Essential travel restriction at land ports of entry between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has been extended for an additional period (to January 21, 2022). This travel restriction has been in place since March 21, 2020.
The Secretary of Homeland Security has announced the intention to lift these limitations for individuals who are fully vaccinated to align with planned changes to international air travel. No effective date for this lifting of restrictions has yet to be officially published, but we will post as soon as new information becomes available.
A copy of the Federal Register Notice on the U.S.-Canada travel restrictions can be found here.
A copy of the Federal Register Notice on the U.S.-Mexico travel restrictions can be found here.
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USCBP has previously posted on its Twitter an infographic listing what is eligible “Essential Travel”.
In the original announcement released by USDHS on March 20, 2020, “Non-Essential” is defined in the notice as including “travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature”. While this does not reference entering the U.S. as a student, scholar, or worker, it will be important to evaluate travel plans if there is an urgency to return to the U.S. in the event the restrictions are enhanced and include students/scholars.
USDHS, as well as Canadian and Mexican authorities, have reviewed and extended multiple times the travel restrictions in 30-day increments since March 20, 2020.
Please see the USDHS Fact Sheet on the U.S.-Canada-Mexico travel restrictions issued here.