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Land travel restrictions along Mexico-US border extended until September 21

Mexico City, Mexico — The Secretary of Foreign Relations has confirmed the extended closure to non-essential land travel across the Mexico-US border. On Thursday, Marcelo Ebrard said that the border with the United States cannot be opened now because that country is going through a resurgence of coronavirus cases, noting that in Mexico, most of the states are in a downward trend.

Edgar Ramírez, Attaché of the Department of Homeland Security at the United States Embassy in Mexico has also confirmed the extended non-essential travel restrictions as has the United States Ambassador to Mexico, Christopher Landau.

Laudau made the announcement via social media stating that due to the increase in Covid-19 cases, Mexico requested the extended non-essential land travel restriction for another month, which will see the border restricted until September 21.

According to the US Consulate in Mexico, “In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the United States government will continue to restrict non-essential travel that crosses our shared border. Mexican and US citizens should avoid border crossings unless the purpose is considered essential.”

The US-Mexico border has been restricted since March 21 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The news comes on the heels of Canada’s announcement of an extended agreement with the US to also ban non-essential travel along their borders until September 21.