Canadian and Mexican Borders Shut Down Due to Covid-19

Travel restrictions continue as efforts to slow down Covid-19 ramps up. Earlier this year, the Trump administration has implemented travel restrictions affecting foreign nationals seeking entry to U.S who have traveled to China, Iran, or most of Europe. As Covid-19 continues its spread across the globe, the U.S has decided to shut down its borders with its landlocked neighbors. This decision was made mutually by the 3 countries.

Starting March 21, the land borders (including passenger rail and ferry) will only be open to “essential travel”. According to the Department of Homeland Security, non-essential travel is travel for the purposes of tourism or recreation. Essential travel includes, but are not limited to, traveling for medical reasons, attending educational institutions, traveling to work, and traveling for public health purposes. Other purposes for travel may be considered essential and will be determined by the U.S Customs on a case by case basis.

This specific restriction will remain in effect until April 20. The Trump administration reserves the right to increase the time period of the restriction. U.S citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those with legal work permits are exempt.

Despite temporary immigration policies aimed at stopping the spread of the virus, the most important thing is for the general public to exercise healthy and hygienic practices. Be sure to wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds, practice social distancing by avoiding close contact with groups of people, avoid touching your face, cover your mouth if you have to cough, and stay at home if you are sick.

Keeping up to date on travel restrictions in response to world events, such as the coronavirus, is important especially if you have plans to travel. Here at Zhang & Associates, we try to keep you informed and ready so that you may travel with ease. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any immigration related issue, our seasoned staff will be happy to help. For a free evaluation on your case or situation, please email us at

Former U.S. Consular officer, Attorney Sechyi Laiu joined Zhang & Associates, P.C. on June 26, 2017

At Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu specializes on Consular Processing cases and business development. Attorney Laiu also focuses on TN visas, E visas, CBP administrative proceedings (monetary confiscation, deferred inspection), and overseas financial compliance.

Prior to joining Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu worked for the U.S. Department of State as a Chinese and Portuguese speaking diplomat. As a consular-coned officer who served in Vancouver (Canada), Shenyang (P.R. China), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Attorney Laiu processed over 30,000 visa cases and worked in every section of Consular Affairs overseas (Fraud Prevention Unit, Immigrant Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, and American Citizen Services).

He will use his experience and expertise to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.

Founded in 1996, Zhang & Associates, P.C. offers legal services to clients worldwide in all aspects of U.S immigration law. We have successfully handled over ten thousand immigration cases.

At Zhang & Associates, P.C., our attorneys and supporting professionals are committed to providing high-quality immigration and non-immigration visa services. We specialize in NIW, EB-1, EB-5, PERM, I-485 I-130, H-1B, O, L and J cases. In the past twenty-two years, we have successfully helped over ten thousand clients get green cards. If you plan to apply for a green card, please send your CV to Attorney Jerry Zhang ( for a free evaluation.

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