Restrictions on non-essential travel to neighboring Canada and Mexico have been extended as the nation and world continue to combat the recent increase in new widely tied cases of the now dominant Delta Variant COVID-19 of vaccinated Americans.
The Biden administration has announced that it will extend non-essential travel to neighboring countries at least Saturday 21 August while health authorities are looking to prevent further spread of the virus.
Since the pandemic began in March last year, the U.S. has limited travel to both borders, extending them on a monthly basis.
The announcement of the Department of Homeland Security’s latest 30-day extension comes days after Canada announced it will begin allowing all vaccinated U.S. citizens back on Monday, August 9th.
The restrictions will not apply to all, including cross-border trade, people traveling for medical reasons, going to school, or several other urgent reasons.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, he is concerned about the Delta variant while a spokesman noted that the agency “is in constant contact with Canadian and Mexican counterparts to identify the conditions where restrictions can be relieved safely and sustainably.”
The restrictions go into effect Thursday, July 22 and remain in effect until August 21, “unless amended or repealed before then.”
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