The United States has extended border restrictions on nonessential travel yet again.
U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed through Aug. 21, according to documents to be published in the Federal Register. The previous border restrictions was set to end on Thursday.
Restrictions on entry by land and ferry travel are extended until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 21 and will remain in place unless rescinded or amended, according to the notices.
The Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with its Canadian and Mexican counterparts, first closed the United States’ borders to leisure travelers in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions have been extended on a monthly basis ever since.
Canada announced Monday that it would reopen its borders to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents Aug. 9, with plans to allow fully vaccinated travelers from any country on Sept. 7.
People from Canada and Mexico have been allowed to fly into the U.S. with proof of a negative coronavirus test or recovery from COVID-19 – a requirement before boarding any international flight to the U.S. that went into effect in January.
The news comes as vaccines continue to roll out across the three countries and COVID cases rise with the Delta variant of the virus spreading, accounting for 83% of U.S. COVID cases.
According to the documents to be posted to the register,
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