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I live near Tijuana, Mexico. I have a B1/B2 visitor visa for the United States, meaning that since March I have not been allowed to cross the southern border into the US as the land-borders have been closed for non-essential travel (see here). This closure was extended in June for another month (see here) and then in July was extended for at least another month (see here) until 21st August 2020.

It is now almost 21st August, however I haven't been able to find anything that says whether the border will be reopened for non-essential travel from that date.

Is the southern land-border still closed, and is there a date yet for reopening?

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  • Note that this only applies to the land border. You can still enter the US by air for non-essential travel. – user102008 Aug 18 '20 at 19:53
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    @JonathanReez yes that is was user102008 commented. But for me to drive to San Diego costs me a few dollars of gas and maybe 30-45 minute drive from my house. For me to fly would be $300+ for airfares, and then several hours of flights (you can't fly from TIJ to any destination in the US without flying elsewhere in Mexico first). Doesn't really make it worth it to go to the supermarket to buy things I can't get here 🤣 The border restrictions are frustrating considering there are still thousands crossing every day, but I can wait – Midavalo Aug 20 '20 at 1:05
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The borders are currently restricted until at least 21st July, 2021


Shortly after asking this question I found the answer in a tweet by Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of Homeland Security:

We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through September 21.

I also found this Fact Sheet on the DHS website that also links to the same tweet, so it looks like this tweet is the official announcement.

So for now the borders are still restricted until at least Sept 21.


Update Sept 18 - According to Facebook post by the Mexico Consulate in San Diego, the border restrictions will be extended for another month until at least Oct 21.

Mexico has proposed to the US the extension for an additional month of the restrictions on non-essential land travel on our common border, until Oct. 21, to avoid the spread of #COVID19. Restrictions applied since March will continue in operation & will not interrupt binational trade.

The DHS Fact Sheet has also been updated to include this extension.


Update Oct 19 - The border restrictions have been extended until at least November 21. Statement Tweet by Chad Wolf:

To continue to limit the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Nov 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to identify safe criteria to ease the restrictions in the future & support our border communities.

The DHS Fact Sheet has again been updated.


Update Nov 20 - The border restrictions have been extended until at least December 21. Statement Tweet by Chad Wolf:

In order to continue to prevent the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Dec 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to keep essential trade & travel open while also protecting our citizens from the virus.


Update Dec 11 - The border restrictions have been extended until at least January 21. Statement Tweets by Chad Wolf and by Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de México:

In order to continue to prevent the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Jan. 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to keep essential trade & travel open while also protecting our citizens from the virus.

Las restricciones se mantendrán en los mismos términos en que se han desarrollado desde su implementación el 21 de marzo.
Ambos países coordinarán las medidas sanitarias en la región fronteriza que estarán vigentes hasta las 23:59 hrs. del 21 de enero de 2021.

Translation:

Restrictions will remain in the same terms as their implementation was developed on March 21.
Both countries will coordinate health measures in the border region which will be in force until 23:59 hrs on 21 January 2021.


Update January 13 - The border restrictions have been extended until at least February 21. Statement Tweet by Homeland Security:

In order to continue to prevent the spread of #COVID, the US, Mexico, Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Feb. 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to keep essential trade & travel open while also protecting our citizens from the virus.


Update March - The border restrictions have been extended until at least March 21. Facebook post by Mexican government:

Tras revisar el desarrollo de la propagación de #COVID19 y debido a que diversas entidades federativas se encuentran en 🟠 del Semáforo Epidemiológico, 🇲🇽 planteó a 🇺🇸 la extensión, por un mes más, de las restricciones al tránsito terrestre no esencial en su frontera común. Las restricciones se mantendrán en los mismos términos en que se han desarrollado desde su implementación el 21 de marzo de 2020. Ambos países coordinarán las medidas sanitarias en la región fronteriza que estarán vigentes hasta las 23:59 hrs. del 21 de marzo de 2021.

Translation by Facebook:

After reviewing the development of the spread of #COVID19 and due to various federative entities in 🟠 of the Epidemiological Light, 🇲🇽 raised 🇺🇸 the extension, for one more month, of non-essential land transit restrictions in their common border. Restrictions will be maintained on the same terms as they have developed since their implementation on March 21, 2020. Both countries will coordinate sanitary measures in the border region that will be in effect until 23:59 hrs. of March 21, 2021.


Update 18th March - The border restrictions have been extended until at least 21st April. Statement Tweet by Homeland Security:

To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, and in coordination with our partners in Canada and Mexico, the United States is extending the restrictions on non-essential travel at our land borders through April 21, while ensuring continued flows of essential trade and travel.

And similar Tweets by Mexico - Tweet 1, Tweet 2

Para prevenir la propagación de #COVID19, Mexico impondrá a partir del 19 de marzo de 2021, restricciones al tránsito terrestre para actividades no esenciales en su frontera norte y sur.
To prevent the spread of #COVID19, Mexico will impose as of March 19, 2021, restrictions on land traffic for non-essential activities on its northern and southern borders.

Adicionalmente, el @GobiernoMX desplegará medidas de control sanitario en el norte y sur del país.

Las restricciones al tránsito no esencial y las medidas sanitarias se mantendrán vigentes hasta las 23:59 hrs. del 21 de abril de 2021.
Additionally, the @GobiernoMX It will deploy sanitary control measures in the north and south of the country.

Restrictions on non-essential traffic and sanitary measures will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. April 21, 2021.


Update April - The border restrictions have been extended until at least 21st May. See Tweet by US DHS:

To deter the spread of #COVID19 and protect our citizens, the United States is continuing restrictions on non-essential travel at our land borders through May 21, while maintaining the flow of essential trade and travel as we have for over a year.

and a follow up tweet

We are guided by science and public health data and engaged in discussions with Canada and Mexico about easing restrictions as health conditions improve.


Update 20 May - The border restrictions have been extended until at least 21st June. See Tweet by US DHS:

To fight #COVID19 spread and protect our citizens, the U.S. is continuing restrictions on non-essential travel at land borders through June 21, while allowing essential trade & travel. We're working closely with Canada & Mexico to safely ease restrictions as conditions improve.


Update 20 June - The border restrictions have been extended until at least 21st July. See Tweet by US DHS:

To reduce the spread of #COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through July 21, while ensuring access for essential trade & travel.

which was followed up by this tweet:

DHS also notes positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other U.S. agencies in the White House’s expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably.

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Note: like many other answers regarding covid-19 traveling restrictions, this answer is now outdated.


Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf's tweet (mirror) on 2020-09-18 confirms that te border restrictions are extended until October 21, 2020:

We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through October 21.

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  • @WGroleau Thanks, I see, the Aug 18 answer got updated after my answer. In bird culture this is a considered a ... – Franck Dernoncourt Sep 22 '20 at 20:08

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