Note to Mexpro customers regarding the Joint U.S./Mexico Travel Initiative

March 25, 2020 by
Categories: Border Crossing, Legal

Mexpro’s customer demographics are highly varied...from those who travel to Mexico for vacations and recreation, to those who live part time or full time in Mexico, to those who cross the border on a very frequent basis for business, jobs, medical needs, and to attend to urgent family matters. We share your concerns and anxieties regarding the impacts of COVID-19.

On Friday, March 20, the U.S. and Mexico released the U.S./Mexico Joint Initiative that seeks to limit non-essential travel between the countries via land ports of entry. Since then the border closure to "non-essential travel" has been extended every month and is now set to expire on October 21. Use the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico fact sheet to stay up to date on travel restrictions.

What does this mean for you? We’ve put together a Q&A list below to help you understand the facts on how crossborder travel is impacted.

FAQs – How the Joint U.S./Mexico Travel Initiative Impacts You

Mexico Tijuana Border

For what reasons can I travel to Mexico now that the initiative is in place?

Land travel for tourism or recreation is not permitted. Both the U.S. and Mexican governments intend to temporarily stop any new crossborder tourism traffic. The definition of Non-Essential travel includes "travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature."

Travel for other purposes, such as obtaining medical care, attending business meetings, commuting crossborder to and from jobs in the U.S. or Mexico, and assisting with urgent family matters, is not excluded by the initiative, meaning travel is permitted in these instances.

If I am a U.S. Citizen, Green Card Holder, or hold a U.S. Work Visa will I be processed as normal upon entry to the U.S.?

Yes. If you:

  1. Are a U.S. Citizen
  2. Are a Green Card Holder
  3. Or, Have a U.S. Work Visa

you will be permitted entry into to the U.S. from Mexico, and you will be processed as you normally would.

If I am a Mexican Citizen with a Tourist Visa, but not a Green Card, will I be processed as normal upon entry to the U.S.?

No. You may be denied entry into the U.S. if you only have a U.S. Tourist Visa, depending upon the purpose of your visit to the U.S. (Exceptions include those with a Green Card or Work Visa.).

How long will the initiative last?

The initiative limiting land travel for the purposes of tourism and recreation is valid until October 21, unless lifted sooner or modified/extended. Please keep abreast of the State Department website links below, and local border news sources for any changes or modifications to the initiative, or to how it is being enforced in practice.

More Information

U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Mexico Joint Initiative

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico fact sheet

U.S. Embassy in Mexico City Statement