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US, Mexico and Canada extends border restrictions of nonessential travel

TUCSON (KVOA) - With the United States seeing an influx of recent COVID-19 cases, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday that the closure of nonessential between the U.S., Canada and Mexico has been extended through Dec. 21.

With the current travel restrictions set to expire Saturday, border officials shared that they will continue to close travel across the neighboring countries to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

Under these restrictions, the United States will only allow the following individuals to travel into the country.

  • U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the U.S.
  • Individuals traveling for medical purposes
  • Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions
  • Individuals traveling to conduct essential work in the U.S.
  • Individuals traveling for emergency response and public heath purposes
  • Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade
  • Individuals engaged in official government or diplomatic travel
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and children who are returning to the United States and/or engaged in military-related travel or operations

The U.S. is currently leading the world in the number of positive cases and overall deaths related to the virus, with 11,613,875 positive cases and 250,409 related deaths.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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