In an official announcement, the United States extended its ban on non-essential travel across the land borders with Canada and Mexico for another month. These updated restrictions are set to be in place until at least October 21, 2021.
After being limited to essential traffic only since March of 2020, the U.S./Mexico/Canada land border restrictions have been extended on a monthly basis ever since.
These restrictions still don’t ban Canadian passport holders to travel to the U.S. via air for non-essential reasons.
U.S. Planning to Ease International Travel Restrictions Starting November
This week’s extension comes alongside a long-awaited update on international air travel restrictions for the United States. In an announcement today, White House Covid response coordinator Jeff Zients said that the U.S. will reopen to fully vaccinated air travelers from 33 countries starting in November. Some of the countries include England, Ireland, Brazil, India, China as well as most of the European nations in the Schengen Zone, as reported by Reuters. However, no official reopening date has been set yet, but November has been set as an estimate.
When asked about the land border restrictions, Zients stated that “We do not have any updates to the land border policies at this point. Title 19 is being extend for another month, as it is done on a monthly bases, through October 21, and as I said, no further updates on that policy at this point.”
Non-Essential Travel Allowed From the U.S. to Canada
While Canadians still can’t cross the border by land into the U.S., American travelers can cross the border into Canada. Earlier last month, the Canadian government waived restrictions at the land border for vaccinated travelers coming from the U.S. following a 17-month ban on non-essential travel. Visitors from the United States are able to drive into Canada for non-essential purposes and do not have to quarantine upon arrival if they are fully vaccinated since August 9th.
Please note that these land borders restrictions don’t apply to U.S. citizens, as they will be permitted back into the United States if they cross by land after visiting Canada (or Mexico).
Update from Health Canada
In a tweet yesterday, Health Canada provided an update for all potential travelers to Canada. The department announced that all current Canadian travel restrictions and entry requirement will remain in place until November 21st. To find out the latest restrictions and if you can travel to travel for non-essential reasons, click here for the official government guidance.
Entry Restrictions For U.S. Travelers to Canada
To visit Canada by land or air, travelers from the U.S. must be fully vaccinated, with their last dose adminstered at least two weeks prior to travel. All travelers arriving to Canada must also provide proof of a negative Covid PCR test result taken within 72 hours or valid proof of full recovery from the last 180 days.
After over a year and a half, Canada reopened its air border to international travelers earlier this month. Starting September 7th, other fully vaccinated foreign nationals can travel to Canada for non-essential reasons, permitted they provide a negative Covid test or proof of recovery from the virus.
International Travel to Mexico
There are currently no restrictions for travelers from Canada or the U.S. to visit Mexico by land or air. While some reports circulated a few weeks ago that some health and travel restrictions might be imposed on the ground at tourist hot spots across Mexico, nothing is official yet.
Previously suspended flight routes on Canadian airlines at the beginning of this year to the Caribbean and Mexico are up and running again, with travel looking to pick up by the end of this year and into 2022.
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