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Travel Restrictions to Canada, Mexico Likely to Be Extended

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US Customs officers stand beside a sign saying that the US border is closed at the US/Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario, on March 22, 2020. (Lars Hagberg/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 14 July 2020 10:12 AM

A vacation to Canada or Mexico likely won’t be permitted until at least late August.

Politico reports that the Trump administration is planning to extend restrictions that block non-essential travel across the Mexican and Canadian borders until at least late August.

Three people familiar with the plans told Politico that the U.S. will make separate agreements with Mexico and Canada to keep the partial travel ban in place as coronavirus cases spike in the U.S. and Mexico. Canada has seen a decline in coronavirus cases.

An announcement is expected to be made before July 21, according to the sources.

“It’s an almost certainty,” a senior administration official told Politico of the extension.

If approved, it will be the fourth time border restrictions have been extended since March.

On Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters the administration had “no announcements now for our plans with Canada” in regard to an extended travel ban.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a decision on the partial border closure would be announced “in the coming days.”

“We’re going to continue to work hard to keep Canadians safe and to keep our economies flowing and we will have more to say later this week,” Trudeau said during a Monday morning press conference.

The current partial border closure does not impact trade or essential travel, including for healthcare workers living and working on opposite sides of the border.

Mexico is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases. Mexican officials said the government has privately expressed concerns that loosening travel restrictions could lead to more infections because border states like Arizona and Texas are seeing an uptick in cases.

But the continued border closures could receive some pushback.

Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of 29 lawmakers asked acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Bill Blair, Canada’s public safety and emergency preparedness minister, to come up with a plan for slowly reopening the U.S.-Canada border.

“The continual 30-day extensions without a plan for how restrictions will be modified prolongs uncertainty for both communities and creates unnecessary tension as we approach each new expiration,” the lawmakers, led by Reps. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., wrote in a letter.

When it comes to the U.S. border with Mexico, Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, has requested that the Trump administration start working on plans to loosen travel restrictions.

“Why do they not just think outside the box? Why not do those quick tests, make sure they’ve got masks, make sure they do temperature checks? There’s a lot of things they can do … but they don’t want to think outside the box,” Cuellar said.

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