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US Extends Covid-19 Travel Restrictions at Canada and Mexico Borders

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The United States has extended Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential travel at land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico until July 21.

According to the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sunday tweeted, "To reduce the spread of #COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through July 21, while ensuring access for essential trade & travel,".

In March 2020, the US and Canada mutually agreed to shut down the border to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. The 30-day extension came after Canada announced its own extension on Friday of the requirements that were set to expire on Monday.

According to news on Reuters, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood firm, saying last week the border would stay largely shut until 75% of Canadians had received the first of a two-dose coronavirus vaccine and 20% had been given both shots.

Canada is largely off-limits to US travelers. Tourism, leisure, and casual visits are all forbidden. Some exceptions exist for family members, foreign workers and international students. Stringent testing and quarantine measures are in place for travelers arriving by air and land.

Those arriving by air are required to quarantine for three nights in a government-authorized hotel in addition to the rest of the testing and quarantine requirements.

Mexico allows US travelers by air. There's no need for a negative PCR test for Covid-19, and no quarantine required. The CDC advises travelers to be fully vaccinated before traveling to Mexico.

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