The closure of the US border with Canada and Mexico due to the Coronavirus has been extended through July 21, 2020. Originally announced March 23, this is the third time the border restriction has been extended in agreement with the governments of Canada and Mexico. The borders remain closed to all nonessential travel, including hunting travel.
In a statement, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said, “The Department of Homeland Security will ensure that the measures taken at our borders will protect America from all threats, including threats against the health and safety of our citizens. Based on the success of the existing restrictions and the emergence of additional global COVID-19 hotspots, the Department will continue to limit nonessential travel at our land ports of entry with Canada and Mexico. This extension protects Americans while keeping essential trade and travel flowing as we reopen the American economy.
“The Department of Homeland Security is in close contact with our Canadian and Mexican counterparts regarding this extension, and they agree on the need to extend their nonessential travel restrictions as well.”
Whether the border opens July 21st or the closure is extended another 30 days will depend on the infection rates for COVID-19 in all three countries. Hunters with Canadian trips planned for August and September should contact their hunting operators to discuss possible options should the border not open in time for their trips. Those who have purchased travel insurance should review the stipulations and exclusions in their policies. Some policies require holders to wait until two days before their expected trip before cancelling, and you may need some documentation to show why you are cancelling.
SCI members with questions or who need assistance may call SCI’s Hunter Information Service at 800-997-0179 or 520-798-4859 or contact us online.