US Borders With Canada & Mexico Remain Closed Into July

US land borders with Canada and Mexico are to remain closed to non-essential travel until July 21, 2020 at the earliest.

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed the continued closure, which has been in effect since March 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The initial closure was intended to be for 30 days. In response to the continued risk of the pandemic, the border restrictions have successively been extended on April 20, 2020 for an additional 30 days, on May 19, 2020 for a month and again on June 16 until July 21, when the closure will be subject to further review.

The ban affects all “non-essential” travel from the United States into Canada and into Mexico, and includes tourism or travel that is recreational in nature.

Certain exemptions apply, with the following land crossing permitted:

  • Citizens of the US and Canada may cross the border for necessary purposes such as essential work, study, emergencies, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security
  • Trade and shipment of essential goods such as food, fuel, and medication
    American citizens returning to the US

US immigration advice

NNU Immigration is actively monitoring the impact of the pandemic on US immigration rules, policy and application processing.

As the situation continues to develop, please contact our US immigration specialists for the latest advice for your specific circumstances.

This article does not constitute direct legal advice and is for informational purposes only.

Last updated: June 28, 2020