The United States has again extended border restrictions on non-essential travel.
The United States’ borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed until August 21, according to documents that will be published in the Federal Register. Previous restrictions on US borders were due to end on Thursday.
The extensions follow Canada’s announcement on Monday that it would reopen its borders to U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated permanent residents on August 9, with plans to allow fully vaccinated travelers from any country on September 7.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday: “Any decision on resuming travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts. … I would not consider it with reciprocal intent.”
The Department of Homeland Security, working with its Canadian and Mexican counterparts, first closed U.S. borders to leisure travelers in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions have since been extended on a monthly basis.
Restrictions on entry into the United States by land and ferry are extended until 11:59 p.m. on August 21, according to the advisories.
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People from Canada and Mexico have been allowed to travel to the United States with proof of a negative coronavirus test or recovery from COVID-19 – a requirement before boarding any international flight to the States United which came into effect in January.
The news comes as vaccines continue to roll out in all three countries and COVID cases are on the rise with the spread of the delta variant of the virus, accounting for 83% of COVID cases in the United States.
On June 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lowered COVID-19 travel alert levels for Mexico and Canada from level 4 or “very high” to “level 3” or “high,” recognizing that conditions, although still dangerous, are improving, DHS said in the advisory.
Contribution: The Associated Press
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