Non-essential border crossing suspended

Global Level 4 Health Advisory

Non-essential travel across the San Ysidro Border Crossing between the United States and Mexico will be suspended tonight beginning at midnight and will continue for 30 days, at which point the policy will be reviewed.

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. U.S. citizens currently outside of the United States and who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

U.S. citizens who currently live abroad should avoid all international travel for the time being. Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.

If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite time frame.

Essential travel relating to the San Ysidro Border includes activities to keep the critical supply chains open to ensure that food, fuel and lifesaving medicines reach people on both sides of the border.

The border will also remain open to those crossing to receive medical attention as well as those crossing for employment, including those working in what is called essential employment and services such as food distribution, health care and public transportation.

Non-essential travel includes tourism, sightseeing, recreation and shopping.

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