U.S. Extends COVID Tourism Ban at Mexican, Canadian Ports into 17th Month

U.S. Extends COVID Tourism Ban at Mexican, Canadian Ports into 17th Month


The Department of Homeland Security announced an extension to the travel limitations at land border crossings along the U.S.-Mexican and Canadian borders. The Trump era action has been in place since March 2020 and applies to non-essential travel such as day tourism and shopping.

In a statement released Wednesday, DHS noted, “To decrease the spread of COVID-19, including the Delta variant, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through August 21, while ensuring the continued flow of essential trade and travel.”

Many hoped the ban would expire this week due to an increase in vaccinations in Mexico and Canada. Mexico received more than 1.3 million Johnson & Johnson doses from the United States in June. The vaccines are administered in 39 municipalities in Mexico along the border.

The ban was set to expire on July 21, 2021, but

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