US extends Mexico, Canada border travel restrictions through Aug. 21 despite Canada allowing fully vaccinated Americans


The United States has extended border restrictions on nonessential travel yet again.

U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed through Aug. 21, according to documents to be published in the Federal Register. The previous U.S. border restrictions were set to end on Thursday.

The extensions come on the heels of Canada’s Monday announcement that it would reopen its borders to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents Aug. 9, with plans to allow fully vaccinated travelers from any country on Sept. 7.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday: “Any decisions about resuming travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts. … I wouldn’t look at it through a reciprocal intention.”

The Department of Homeland Security first closed the United States' borders to leisure travelers in March 2020.

The Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with its Canadian and Mexican counterparts, first closed the United States’ borders to leisure travelers in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions have been extended on a monthly basis ever since.

Restrictions on entry into the U.S. by land and ferry travel are extended until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 21, according to the notices. 



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