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Travel Restrictions – Fact Sheet

August 18, 2020

COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions across the U.S. Borders with Canada and Mexico


Q:  What will this mean for airline travel and other travel across the border?

A:  This action does not apply to air, rail, or sea travel at this time, but does apply to commuter rail and ferry travel.

Q:  What about businesses that rely on cross border traffic?

A:  In most cases, business travel and shipments are considered essential travel.  Please check  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requirements.

Q:  How will this impact communities on the border that regularly travel across the border for essential supplies and services (especially more remote communities)?

A:  These actions are intended to help protect communities from the spread of COVID-19.  The CBP Commissioner may determine that other forms of travel, such as travel in furtherance of economic stability or social order, constitute “essential travel.”  At this time, the priority is to reduce opportunities for the virus to spread.

Q: How will you deal with migrants on the border?

A:  The Department of Homeland Security continues to enforce U.S. immigration laws at all U.S. borders, including between ports of entry.

Q: What about U.S. citizens and dual nationals who live abroad, will they be able to cross?

A:  Yes, this action does not prevent U.S. citizens from returning home.