COVID-19: US to extend nonessential travel ban with Canada and Mexico

21 Dec 20


The Department of Homeland Security is expected to extend the ban on nonessential land travel with Canada and Mexico. Prepublication versions of the notices were posted today.

Key Points:

  • The restrictions will remain in place until 11:59 p.m. EST on January 21, 2021.
  • Only “essential travel” is permitted at all land ports of entry along the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders.
  • The list of individuals permitted to engage in “essential travel” includes: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) returning to the U.S. and people traveling to work in the U.S. (e.g., agricultural workers), engaging in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers transporting goods), or traveling to attend school, receive medical treatment, for public health purposes, or a limited number of other reasons.
  • The restrictions do not apply to air or sea travel, but do apply to passenger rail, passenger ferry travel and pleasure boat travel.

Additional Information: The nonessential travel bans were imposed March 20, initially for 30 days, and have since been extended in 30-day increments.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact

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