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Key Points 
  • North American land borders will remain closed through April 21, 2021 due to COVID-19
  • Travel is limited to essential purposes only at this time, including work, education, and medical care
  • Travel is not permitted for tourism or recreation
  • The border closures apply to land border crossings, train travel, and passenger ferries
  • Air travel is not subject to the border restrictions
  • Border closures may be further extended based on epidemiological conditions
  • Updates will be announced as available
North American land border closures have been extended for another month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What are the Changes? 
Today, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that land borders between the US and Mexico and US and Canada will remain closed. Travel is prohibited except for certain situations in response to the ongoing health risks associated with COVID-19. The latest extension of the North American border closures marks the 13th month of entry restrictions among the three nations. Non-essential travel is still prohibited, which includes travel for the purposes of tourism and recreation.
Who is Affected? 
As with previous restrictions, the North American border closures in 2021 will apply only to land border crossings, including rail travel, and passenger ferries. Air travel is not impacted.
What Should Travelers Know? 
While the restrictions remain in place, travel across the US-Canada and US-Mexico borders is limited to essential travel, which includes citizens and lawful permanent residents returning home, individuals crossing land borders for employment purposes, workers involved in cross-border trade, and people traveling for medical treatment, education, public health, and other permissible reasons.
Looking Ahead 
Future North American border restrictions are subject to epidemiological conditions. Updates on border restrictions will be provided as available.
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