The United States extended the closure of its land borders with Canada and Mexico for a month, on Friday, to non-essential travel such as tourism through Sept. 21.
To minimize the spread of #COVID19, including the Delta variant, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through September 21, while continuing to ensure the flow of essential trade and travel.
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) August 20, 2021
“In coordination with public health and medical experts, DHS continues working closely with its partners across the United States and internationally to determine how to safely and sustainably resume normal travel,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Twitter.
The latest 30-day extension came after Canada said in July it would start allowing in fully vaccinated Americans starting Aug. 9 for non-essential travel.
Notably, the United States has continued to extend the extraordinary restrictions on Canada and Mexico on a monthly basis since March 2020, when they were imposed to face the spread of COVID-19.
The White House affirmed on Aug. 5 it may require foreigners from abroad to be vaccinated as part of its plans to eventually reopen international travel. However, it had not decided on the matter yet and would not immediately lift restrictions.
In June, the White House launched interagency working groups with the European Union, Britain, Canada and Mexico to look at how eventually to lift travel and border restrictions.