If you were planning on traveling to Canada or Mexico from the United States in the next month, think again. In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the countries just announced that they will extend the currently-in-place land-crossing border restrictions through next month—specifically, February 21, 2021. Air travel remains unaffected.
The ban—which was originally set to expire on June 21 of 2020 but has been pushed off on a monthly basis since then—prohibits non-essential travel between the North American countries. Only those working in essential services and citizens/residents returning home will be allowed to cross the border.
"We are working closely with Mexico and Canada to keep essential trade and travel open while also protecting our citizens from the virus," the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a tweet this week. "DHS is working closely with our counterparts in Mexico and Canada to identify appropriate public health conditions to safely ease restrictions in the future and support U.S. border communities."
The borders have essentially been closed since March of last year. Extensions to the orders had been placed back in April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December and now once again in January.
Given that we won't even be able to travel to Europe in the upcoming months, how about embarking on a gorgeous road trip instead?
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