On March 20, 2020, the U.S. closed both the Northern and Southern borders to all but essential travel in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
How long will the borders be closed?
Unless it is extended, the closure will remain in effect until the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary determines it is no longer necessary or one year from the publication of the rule, whichever is earlier.
Who is permitted to travel based on the essential travel requirement?
- U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States;
- Individuals traveling for medical purposes;
- Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions;
- Individuals traveling to work in the United States;
- Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes;
- Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade;
- Individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel;
- Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the spouses and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, returning to the United States; and
- Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations.
Who is barred from entry due to non-essential travel?
- Individuals traveling for tourism purposes.
If you have any questions about border closures during the COVID-19 crisis or any other immigration matter, contact our attorneys at the Law Offices of Azita M. Mojarad, P.C. Our experienced immigration attorneys can address your concerns and advise you of the proper course of action to take.