Canada Will Reopen Border for Fully Vaccinated Americans
If you have Canada on your travel list, we now finally have a reopening date. Canada announced today that it will begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into the country starting August 9. As for visitors from the rest of the world, they can travel to Canada starting September 7. Canada’s borders have been closed to leisure travel for non-citizens and residents since the pandemic began in March 2020.
Canadian officials said the 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived as of Aug. 9 for eligible travelers who are currently residing in the United States and have received a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travelers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide evidence supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation (along with the original). In addition, fully vaccinated travellers must also:
- provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN (app or web portal) including proof of vaccination prior to departing for Canada (subject to limited exceptions);
- meet the pre-entry testing requirements;
- be asymptomatic upon arrival; and
- have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French (or certified translation, along with the original) ready to show a government official on request.
The official statement notes that entry to Canada will continue to be prohibited for U.S. travelers who are not fully vaccinated and for all other foreign nationals, unless they already meet an exemption set out in the Orders made under the Quarantine Act.
Canadian officials say Canada had about 22 million foreign visitors in 2019, with about 15 million of them from the United States.