The land border closure between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico has been extended until at least December and could last even longer as America continues to see increasing COVID-19 cases.

By Alison Fox
Updated November 19, 2020
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The land border closure between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico has been extended until the end of December.

Confirmed by Mexico's Foreign Ministry on Twitter, the agency wrote that it'll maintain rules set when the three neighboring countries first closed borders in March.

A Canadian government source also confirmed to Reuters on Wednesday that the Canada-U.S. land border restrictions would remain in effect for at least another month.

An official from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told the wire service that they're  “continuing to look at appropriate public health criteria for a future re-evaluation of existing restrictions.”

The land borders between the three countries have been closed since March 18 and extended each month since. There are exceptions, including for trade as well as Americans returning to the U.S. and Canadians returning to Canada.

In addition, Americans traveling to or from Alaska are also allowed to drive through Canada, according to the Canada Border Services Agency, but have to display a “hang-tag” during their trip and can only pass through certain border crossings. Some, however, have taken advantage of that loophole and been caught.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an interview with Canadian radio station Global News in October, it could be longer.

“We keep extending the border closures because the United States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” he added. “We will continue to make sure that Canadian safety is top of mind when we move forward. We see the cases in the United States and elsewhere around the world, and we need to continue to keep these border controls in place."

But at least one couple figured out a (legal) workaround to the closure earlier this month, holding their wedding along the border in New Brunswick in Canada so both the bride’s and groom’s American and Canadian families could watch from both sides of the St. Croix River.

Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.