SWEETGRASS, Mont. ― U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP) will proceed to function six ports of entry in Montana and one in Idaho at diminished hours by way of Could 21, 2021. To restrict the additional unfold of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with each Canada and Mexico to restrict all non-essential journey throughout borders. Working intently and collaboratively, the Division of Homeland Safety is a part of a North American method to cease the unfold of the virus.
These measures have been applied on March 21, 2020 and have been initially in place for 30 days, topic to reevaluation and additional extension in gentle of the fluid nature of the coronavirus pandemic. On April 22, 2021, these measures have been prolonged for a further 30 days.
The affected ports of entry (POE) embody Raymond, Opheim, Morgan, Turner, Del Bonita and Piegan in Montana, and Porthill in Idaho. The listed ports will proceed to function on the next momentary diminished hours:
- Raymond, Montana POE: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week
- Opheim, Montana POE: 9 a.m. to five p.m., Monday by way of Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.
- Morgan, Montana POE: 9 a.m. to five p.m., Monday by way of Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.
- Turner, Montana POE: 9 a.m. to five p.m., Monday by way of Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.
- Del Bonita, Montana POE: 9 a.m. to five p.m., Monday by way of Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.
- Piegan, Montana POE: 8 a.m. to six p.m., seven days per week.
- Porthill, Idaho POE: 7 a.m. to five p.m., seven days per week.
Moreover, CBP delayed the resumption of the summer season hours schedule on the port of Wild Horse, Montana. Wild Horse will proceed to function on its’ winter hours schedule of 8 a.m. to five p.m., seven days per week.
The opening of the seasonal port of Chief Mountain, Montana has additionally been delayed as a result of present journey restrictions.
“Non-essential” journey contains journey that’s thought-about tourism or leisure in nature. The Division of Homeland Safety will be sure that the measures taken at our borders will shield America from all threats, together with threats towards the well being and security of our residents. Based mostly on the success of the present restrictions and the emergence of extra world COVID-19 hotspots, the Division will proceed to restrict non-essential journey at our land ports of entry with Canada and Mexico. This extension protects People whereas preserving important commerce and journey flowing as we reopen the American economic system.
These restrictions don’t apply to air, freight rail, or sea journey between the U.S. and Canada and/or Mexico, however does apply to passenger rail, passenger ferry journey, and pleasure boat journey between the U.S. and Canada and/or Mexico. These restrictions are relevant at land border and coastal ports.
Moreover, as skilled sports activities start to renew operations, journey by these athletes by way of land ports of entry to take part in sporting occasions is taken into account important. Members of federally acknowledged Tribes, whose reservations span the U.S.-Canada/Mexico border, are additionally thought-about important, when touring from one a part of a reservation to a different.