North America’s Borders Remain Closed
North America’s borders remain closed through January 21, 2021, limiting border crossings to “essential trade only” between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The mutually-agreed extension has been made on a month by month basis during 2020, and has been in place since March of this year.
The border closure is due to Covid-19 cases on both sides of each border, and the interest of each country in protecting their citizens. The national health agencies and ministries, and health officers, for each country are part of the decision-making for these restrictions. Each country is looking to relevant data and protective health measures that seem to be working.
So-called border crossing due to “essential trade” activity is allowed under the provisions of the agreed restrictions, between the U.S. and Canada, and between Mexico and the U.S. While essential economic development and various business activities continue, cross-border tourist activities to any number of visitor destinations have been decimated.
Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will be part of the next consideration of these border restrictions. Biden is set to take office on January 20, and the current border restrictions come due for consideration on January 21st.
A full article in Travel Pulse from December 11, 2020 indicating that North America’s borders remain closed, is available at this link: