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Key Points
  • US, Canada, and Mexico border closures are extended again through November 21, 2020
  • North American borders have remained closed since March 2020 due to COVID-19
  • Nonessential travel across all land borders is banned
  • Travel is permitted for qualifying purposes only, including work, study, and healthcare
  • Future border closures are subject to epidemiological conditions

A US, Canada, and Mexico border closure has been extended through November 21, 2020.


North American borders were first closed in March 2020 due to COVID-19. The border closures have been extended every month since then to reduce the risk of disease transmission. The latest announcement marks the seventh extension of the North American border closure.

What are the Impacts?

All nonessential travel across US, Canada, and Mexico borders is prohibited. The travel ban applies to land border crossings. The ban applies to travel for tourism purposes, including recreation, gambling, sightseeing, and attending cultural events.

Essential travel is still permitted. US citizens and permanent residents may cross borders to return to the United States. Travel is also permitted for medical reasons, educational purposes, and work. Individuals who are engaged in lawful cross-border trade, diplomatic or government travel, military-related travel and operations, and individuals traveling for public health response are permitted to cross North American borders.

Looking Ahead

The border closure will remain in effect for an additional 30 days through November 21, 2020. Additional border closures may be implemented based on epidemiological conditions.

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