Cross border travel to Mexico restricted amid COVID-19 virus concerns

Effective midnight Friday travel into Mexico will be restricted to essential travel only.

Effective midnight Friday, travel into Mexico through the Douglas Port of Entry will be reduced in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Officials at the Douglas Port of Entry were unable to answer any questions when contacted about President Trump’s announcement. They did say however the Raul H. Castro Port of Entry will not be closing and will continue operations but they are waiting for instruction from the Department of Homeland Security as to what this decision entails and who all will be affected.

“We value the health and safety of our citizens and keep that at the forefront of joint decisions made by our respective leaders regarding cross-border operations,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a press release. “Recognizing the robust trade relationship between the United States and Mexico, we agree our two countries, in response to the ongoing global and regional health situation, require particular measures both to protect bilateral trade and our countries’ economies and ensure the health of our nations’ citizens. We agree with the need for a dedicated joint effort to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus and address the economic effects resulting from reduced mobility along our shared border.”

The release goes on to state the U.S. and Mexican governments recognize critical services such as food, fuel, healthcare and life-saving medicines must reach people on both sides of the border every day. Essential travel must therefore continue unimpeded during this time. In order to ensure that essential travel can continue, the United States and Mexico are also temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders. “Non-essential” travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.

Americans who are in Mexico, will be allowed back into the U.S. but asylum seekers will be turned away and any illegal immigrants will be returned to their home countries, the press release said.

The restrictions are temporary and are scheduled to remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. EDT April 20, 2020.

Stay tuned to our website for updates on this developing situation.

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