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Key Points 
  • North American borders will remain closed through May 21, 2021 due to COVID-19
  • Only essential travel is permitted at this time, including US citizens returning home, people traveling for work, cross-border trade, and travel for select reasons including education and public health
  • Restrictions apply to rail and pleasure boat travel
  • Air travel is not impacted
Overview
Due to ongoing impacts from COVID-19, US-Mexico and US-Canada border closures are extended for another 30 days. North American borders will remain closed through May 21, 2021.
What are the Changes? 
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended border closures at the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders. As with the previous border closures, only essential travel will be permitted across the borders. Essential travel includes US citizens and permanent residents returning home, individuals traveling to the US for work, anyone involved in lawful cross-border trade, and travel across borders for medical treatment, education, public health reasons, and other limited cases.
What Should Travelers Know? 
Restrictions apply to passenger rail, ferry, and pleasure boat travel. Air travel is not affected.
Looking Ahead 
Border closures are subject to epidemiological conditions and may be extended if necessary. Updates will be provided as available.
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