Since the beginning of the pandemic, the United States has restricted non-essential travel along both borders and extended these restrictions monthly. The restrictions do not apply to cross-border trade, US citizens and legal residents as well as persons traveling for medical purposes or going to school, among others.
But in recent weeks, the administration has come under fire for continuing to keep restrictions in place for more than a year into the pandemic, and after Canada announced it was reopening to vaccinated Americans.
In announcements to be published in the Federal Register, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas notes that there have been “positive developments in recent weeks” in reference to the millions of vaccine doses administered in the United States and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. moves Canada and Mexico to Covid-19 level 4 (very high) to level 3 (high) “as a recognition of conditions that, although significant guarantees are still required, are improving.”
Nevertheless, DHS found that the outbreak and the continued transmission and spread of Covid-19 both in the United States and globally posed a risk.
The restrictions take effect Thursday and remain in effect until August 21, “unless amended or repealed before that time.”