U.S Extends Land Border Restrictions with Canada and Mexico Again

Gibney Anthony & Flaherty, LLP

UPDATE – On August 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security further extended measures to restrict non-essential travel to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico through land ports of entry and ferry terminals through September 21, 2020.  The United States previously reached mutual agreements with Canada and Mexico to limit non-essential travel at land ports of entry and ferry terminals to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions do not apply to air travel.

Information concerning the scope of the travel restrictions and exemptions is available here.

The COVID-related travel restrictions at the U.S. land border are distinct from the visa-related travel ban imposed by the Trump Administration on June 22, 2020 in  Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10052.  PP 10052 restricts the admission of certain H, L and J visa holders to the United States  until December 31, 2020.    While PP 10052 also remains in effect,  U.S. Customs and Border Protection has indicated that Canadian citizens are not subject to P.P. 10052, as previously reported by Gibney.  In contrast, Mexican citizens are also subject to the restrictions imposed by PP 10052.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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