Update: U.S. Border Restrictions Extended Due To COVID-19

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Announced via Tweet by Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the COVID-related restrictions at the Canadian and Mexican borders have been extended yet again until November 21, 2020. These restrictions apply to land and sea entries and prevent entry for non-essential purposes. Although there continues to be some inconsistency at ports of entry, travel for work is generally permitted whereas travel for tourism including sightseeing, recreation, and cultural events is not considered to be “essential.”

For the first time since instituted, Acting Secretary Wolf indicated that these restrictions may ease in the future.

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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