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Border Travel Restrictions Could End in June

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Travel restrictions between Mexico and the United States will be maintained for one more month but it seems that the borders could reopen very soon.

Restrictions on non-essential land crossings from Mexico to States will remain until 11:59 p.m. on June 21, 2021, according to Mexico’s foreign affairs secretary.

However, the tone of this statement is different as there is talk of more flexibility at the border crossing starting next month.

“Mexico and the United States are in talks to ease restrictions on border crossings as of June 22 based on the spread rates of COVID-19 and the number of vaccines applied on both sides of the border,” the statement read.

Travelers entering Mexico may be subject to temperature checks and additional health screening.  Travelers may experience significant delays and face the possibility of being returned to the United States or asked to quarantine in Mexico.  

The United States and Mexico entered a joint initiative on March 21, 2020, restricting non-essential travel along the U.S.-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential travel includes tourism and recreational travel.  

These restrictions apply to travel in both directions across the border.  Mexican border and local authorities are conducting enforcement actions to discourage non-essential travel in some areas. Travelers entering Mexico by land from the United States may be denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential.

The State Department issued a level 4 travel warning for Mexico on April 20, 2021, warning US citizens not to travel to Mexico due to COVID-19 and to be more cautious in Mexico due to crime and kidnapping. Some areas are at higher risk. The US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by US government employees in some areas is significantly prohibited or restricted.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 4 Travel Health Advisory for Mexico due to COVID-19 on December 2, 2020.

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