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North America, Bordered Up

MSK Client Alert
March 23, 2020

The U.S. is working closely with Mexico and Canada to ensure North America has a coordinated approach to combating the pandemic caused by COVID-19, and mitigating any further spread. The United States and Canada have agreed to restrict travel at the land border to essential travel only (details regarding those travel restrictions can be found here and here). In a similar fashion, the United States and Mexico are finalizing an agreement that will facilitate only essential travel at the U.S. southern border. The three countries are maintaining cross-border activities that support health security, commerce, supply security, trade, and other essential activities, while taking prudent steps to protect citizens and to limit spread of the virus. The stated goal of these efforts is to help save lives. As such, these restrictions are in place indefinitely.

This suspension of entry does not apply to U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents entering the United States from Mexico or Canada. They will receive the same processing, evaluation, and potential CDC medical screening that all entrants currently undergo at U.S. Ports of Entry.

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