U.S. Travel Restrictions Announced for Canada & Mexico

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March 20, 2020

A Federal Register notice announces the decision to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Canada into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canada border to “essential travel.” “Essential travel” includes “Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions; Individuals traveling to work in the United States.” The restrictions go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on March 20, 2020 and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 20, 2020. 

A Department of Homeland Security Joint Statement on US-Mexico Joint Initiative to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic restricts all "non-essential" travel across the U.S.-Mexico border, starting Saturday March 21, 2020 for an initial period of 30 days. The statement does not make clear whether entry for educational or employment purposes is considered “essential travel”: “The U.S. and Mexican governments further recognize critical services such as food, fuel, healthcare and life-saving medicines must reach people on both sides of the border every day.”