United States Customs and Border Protection officials announced restrictions on travel between the U.S. and Mexico has been extended to at least October 21, 2020. This latest announcement comes just one day after the Mexican government requested that the current restrictions that have been in place since March 31 be extended.

Those that were hoping for border restrictions to be loosened this September will now need to wait at least approximately one more month before it becomes easier to travel to and from Mexico and Canada.

As of now, any non-essential travel into Mexico and Canada will continue to be restricted.  There is always a chance that these restrictions continue to be extended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its status in the United States and Mexico.

To be clear, this is not a strict shut down of the international bridges and border crossings in El Paso and the surrounding areas.  United States Citizens in Mexico will be allowed to re-enter the country but travel will be restricted to activities that are deemed essential.

Essential travel includes entering either the United States or Mexico for medical related reasons, educational activities, or work related business that requires international crossings.

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