US Issues COVID-19 Border Restrictions With Canada, Mexico Through Next Month

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed until Aug. 21 despite Canada announcing earlier this week that it will allow fully vaccinated Americans to travel into the country from the United States for the first time in more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Homeland Security, which oversees both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration, did not issue a statement about the extension of travel restrictions but instead posted notices to the Federal Register. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, in the notices (pdf), said that that there have been “positive developments in recent weeks” regarding vaccines and the number of COVID-19 cases. The agency noted that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) moved Canada and Mexico from its Level 4, or “Very High,” rating to Level 3, or “High,” which relates to the number of …

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