U.S. extends travel restrictions at Canada, Mexico borders

The United States will extend its limitations on nonessential travel to and from Canada and Mexico to Sept. 21 as the delta variant continues to drive up infections and hospitalizations.

“To minimize the spread of COVID-19, including the Delta variant, the United States is extending restrictions on nonessential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a tweet.

The agency said in a statement that the restrictions, which went into effect last year, will continue to apply to nonessential travel at land and ferry crossings with both countries. The agency said the extension was an effort to minimize the delta variant’s spread.

“In coordination with public health and medical experts, DHS continues working closely with its partners across the United States and internationally to determine how to safely and sustainably resume normal travel,” the agency said.

The announcement comes just two weeks after Canada opened it borders to fully vaccinated Americans able to show a negative coronavirus test 72 hours before arrival. The decision made Americans the first nonessential travelers to enter the country since the pandemic started.

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