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Key Points
  • US-Mexico and US-Canada land borders are closed through December 21, 2020
  • The border closures have been extended for another 30 days due to COVID-19
  • Nonessential travel is prohibited
  • Travel is permitted for education, healthcare, and US citizens returning home

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, North American borders will remain closed for another month. Nonessential travel across US-Mexico and US-Canada borders is banned through December 21, 2020.

What are the Changes?

North American land borders will stay closed through at least December 21, 2020.


Restrictions on nonessential travel in North America were implemented in March 2020 due to COVID-19. The travel bans have been extended every month since then. The latest extension marks the eighth consecutive month that the border closures have been in place.

Who is Affected?

Travel across the borders is limited to essential purposes only. At this time, “essential” travel includes US citizens and permanent residents who are returning to the United States, individuals traveling to the US for work, individuals participating in legal cross-border trade, such as transporting goods, and those traveling for school, medical treatment, and public health reasons. Travel may also be permitted for other reasons as determined on a case-by-case basis.

Looking Ahead

Border closures may be extended after December 21 depending on epidemiological conditions.

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