US extends travel restrictions with Canada, Mexico

The U.S. will extend travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico for another month.

In two notices posted Wednesday, the Biden administration said it will limit entrance into the U.S. to those making “essential travel” through August 21.

The determinations come just two days after Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauCanada to open border for vaccinated Americans starting Aug. 9 Trudeau says fully vaccinated Americans may be allowed into Canada by August Canada loosening pandemic travel restrictions MORE announced Canada would begin allowing vaccinated Americans to enter the country so long as they can provide proof they’ve received a complete round of approved vaccinations.


Canada will welcome visitors from other countries in September.

“As we made decisions around reopening to the world in early September, and to American travelers, a few weeks before that, we kept the American government fully apprised,” Trudeau said this week. “We will continue to work with them, but understand and respect that every country makes its own decisions about what it does at its borders.”

The decision to extend travel restrictions with Mexico comes as the Biden administration is also weighing whether to scrap Title 42 — a Trump-era regulation that allows border agents to swiftly expel anyone that crosses, regardless of whether they may have asylum claims.

The administration has said it would base its decision on lifting Title 42 on health determinations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But Wednesday’s order indicates the administration is still concerned about how foreign travel could impact U.S. health conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The notice signed by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasEquilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Global heatwave spares the hajj TSA issues second security directive to secure pipelines against cyberattacks Homeland Security extends immigration program for Somalia MORE said travel with Mexico, like Canada, poses a “specific threat to human life or national interests.”

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