“To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mexico will impose as of March 19, 2021, restrictions on land traffic for non-essential activities on its northern and southern borders,” reported the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
The government of Mexico announced that starting tomorrow, March 19, it will impose restrictions on land transit on its northern and southern borders.
This, he indicated through a message on Twitter, to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mexico will impose restrictions on land transit for non-essential activities on its northern and southern borders as of March 19, 2021,” the Ministry of Foreign Relations posted on Twitter.
The northern border has been with restrictions on land traffic, since March 2020, imposed by the United States authorities and each month, together with Mexico, a review of the current situation regarding Covid-19 has been made
“Additionally, the government of Mexico will deploy sanitary control measures in the north and south of the country. Restrictions on non-essential traffic and sanitary measures will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2021, ”he added.
Foreign Relations has not given more details of what type of restrictions and sanitary measures it is going to apply
It wasn’t immediately clear how Mexico would implement the new restrictions, given that Mexican federal agencies don’t currently stop every southbound person or passenger vehicle that crosses.
Since March 21, 2020 the U.S. government has restricted travel at land ports of entry to non-essential travel. In practice, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents of the U.S. have been considered “essential” and have been able to cross the border.
Mexican nationals holding a tourist visa have been prohibited from crossing into the U.S.
The social media reaction to Mexico’s announcement was mixed, with some applauding the restrictions and others criticizing the timing and the government’s approach. Mexico has been slow to vaccinate its people, while the U.S. side is vaccinating roughly 2 million people per day against COVID-19.
“They’re a bunch of liars, Mexico hasn’t restricted its border crossings,” said a Twitter user identifying as Antonio Arroyo. “The Department of State got ahead of (foreign secretary) Marcelo (Ebrard) with the announcement, the decision wasn’t Mexico’s…”
A Twitter user identifying as @reporterito2 replied to the Mexican government saying, “Really, you aren’t going to let the gringos in because here in Sonora it’s full!!! Take a ride around Puerto Peñasco for Spring Break. They don’t care about the Mexican government.”
The SRE said in its news release that recreational or tourist visits won’t be considered “essential.”