Travel restrictions at the US-Mexico border will remain in place until 21 July.
“Mexico and the United States have agreed to extend for 30 days more restrictions on non-essential land traffic on their common border, after reviewing the development of the spread of COVID-19 in both countries,” Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.
According to reports, this is the third time border restrictions have been extended as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The current restrictions were set to expire next week.
Los Angeles Times reports northbound crossings remain open for US citizens, legal permanent residents, people with work visas and those traveling for educational or medical reasons, among other reasons deemed essential. Crossings remain closed for recreational and tourist travel.
According to the US Department of Homeland Security, travel restrictions have also been extended at the US-Canada border.
“Based on the success of the existing restrictions and the emergence of additional global COVID-19 hot spots, the department will continue to limit nonessential travel at our land ports of entry with Canada and Mexico,” Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement.
“This extension protects Americans while keeping essential trade and travel flowing as we reopen the American economy,” he added.
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