The Mexican government will extend the closure of its border with the United States until Sept. 21 to non-essential travel, Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard announced Thursday.

Key points:

  • The current agreement applies to non-essential travel by land. Entry by air travel remains open.
  • The restriction is applicable to non-U.S. citizens and residents seeking to enter the United States. U.S. citizens and legal residents of the U.S. or other nationalities entering Mexico from the U.S. are not subject to any restrictions, regardless of the purpose of travel.
  • The border closure prohibits people from traveling between the countries for tourism or shopping.
  • Commercial traffic between the two nations continues.
  • Citizens and legal residents can return to their home country and conduct travel deemed essential.

Background: The travel restriction at the shared land border was first announced March 18 and has been renewed monthly.

Analysis & Comments: The limitation of border travel hinders employers on both side of the U.S.-Mexico border in communities whose economies depend on cross-border travel and business. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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