U.S. Extends North American Land Border Closures Through October 21, 2021

August 27, 2021 Ian Love

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the U.S. government will extend existing U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada land border closures through  Oct. 21, 2021.    


Even though Canada has started to ease some restrictions for vaccinated U.S. travelers, North American land borders will remain closed for another month. Aside from the extended closure, all other provisions of the existing border closure will stay the same. The border closures apply to train, boat and passenger ferry travel only. Air travel is not affected.    

Travel is restricted to essential purposes only at this time, which includes:   

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents traveling home   

  • People traveling across borders for healthcare, employment or education   

  • Individuals involved in cross-border trade    

Limited additional exceptions may be permitted in certain circumstances. Travel for tourism and recreational reasons is prohibited.    

Looking Ahead    

U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada land borders have been closed since March 2020. Border closures have been extended on a monthly basis since the COVID-19 pandemic began. They may be continued as needed based on epidemiological conditions.   

Starting Sept. 7, 2021, the Canadian government will further ease its travel restrictions to allow vaccinated travelers from the U.S. into Canada for select non-essential travel reasons. The Canadian government first started to relax its travel restrictions on Aug. 9, 2021. Please see our related story for additional details.   

Envoy Global and Global Immigration Associates (GIA) will continue to provide updates on future border closures.  


Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (www.giafirm.com), one of the two U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the "U.S. Law Firms").  

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. Envoy is not a law firm, and does not provide legal advice. If you would like guidance on how this information may impact your particular situation and you are a client of one of the U.S. Law Firms, consult your attorney. If you are not a client of a U.S. Law Firm working with Envoy, consult another qualified professional. This website does not create an attorney-client relationship with either U.S. Law Firm. 

About the Author

Ian is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates. His practice focuses on immigrant and nonimmigrant matters for companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies.

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