Mexico imposing new COVID19 border restrictions on non-essential travel

El Chaparral border crossing into Mexico at San Ysidro

COVID restrictions at the border to continue with Mexico promising increased enforcement on non-essential border crossing

MEXICO CITY: The federal government of Mexico announced this morning that starting tomorrow, March 19, new restrictions will be imposed on land transit at both its northern and southern borders.

The announcement was made by the office of the Secretary of Foreign Relations via Twitter with the goal to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The northern border has been under restrictions since March 2020 that were originally imposed by the United States authorities and extended every month since, in cooperation with Mexico, based on evaluations made month to month of the level of COVID-19 infections.

Live COVID statistics for the United States and Mexico

“Additionally, the government of Mexico will deploy additional sanitary control measures at the northern and southern borders of the country. Restrictions on non-essential traffic and sanitary measures will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2021, ”he added.

Many have criticized what has been seen as a lack of serious implementation by Mexico of the restrictions on non-essential travel at the northern border for much of the pandemic and the Secretary of Foreign Relations has not given any additional details of exactly what type of additional restrictions and sanitary measures will be implemented.

For its part, the United States also announced this morning an extension on incoming non-essential border crossing travel until at least April 21, 2021.

We advise everyone who has travel plans into Baja California via the northern border to stay tuned in the coming days…


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