U.S. and Mexico extend border restrictions on non-essential travel through July 21

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the extension of non-essential travel restrictions with Mexico and Canada until July 21, 2021. Through its Twitter account, the department indicated that this measure was carried out with the objective of reducing the spread of COVID-19, so access will only be allowed for labor or trade purposes.

"To reduce the spread of COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel on our soil and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through July 21, while ensuring access for essential travel and trade," the Department of Safety and Security stated.

The travel restriction between Mexico and the U.S. has been extended several times since the beginning of the pandemic; the last date announced last May provided for the restriction until June 21. This follows Canada's announcement on Friday that it will extend non-essential travel restrictions to the United States until the number of people vaccinated is increased.

This announcement comes days after the meeting between Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, in which they agreed to accelerate the pace of vaccination at the border to reactivate the economy, trade, and tourism. Finally, the National Department indicated that it is observing positive developments in recent weeks with respect to vaccination and is participating with working groups for the reopening of the border in subsequent months.

"The Department of Homeland Security also notes positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other U.S. agencies in White House expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify conditions under which restrictions can be safely and sustainably eased," it stated.