Finally, as announced at a press conference on July 19, Canada is finally ready to open the border to all fully vaccinated U.S. citizen and afterwards even to international travellers from all over the world. That definitely sounds like good news.
So for now, we have summarized the latest information for you. This is everything we know now:
As of August 9, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, fully vaccinated US citizen and permanent residents of the United States will be permitted to enter Canada for non-essential reasons (like long-awaited travel and tourism). For people with this permission there is also no need to quarantine anymore.This only applies to fully vaccinated travellers who meet all requirements. Entry to Canada will continue to not be allowed for non-vaccinated US citizen as well as for all other foreign travellers.
As of September 7, 2021 the government plans to reopen Canada’s borders to all fully vaccinated travellers from all over the world that meet special entry requirements.
What does “fully vaccinated” mean?
- being fully vaccinated with a Government of Canada – accepted vaccine
- must have received full vaccination protection at least 14 days prior to entering Canada
Currently accepted vaccines:
- Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
- Astrazeneca / COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine
- Johnson& Johnson COVID-19 vaccine – single dose
Every traveller must provide evidence supporting their vaccination in English or French (or a certified translation).
That sounds really promising but in addition there are still some requirements you must comply with.
Fully vaccinated travellers must also
- use the ArriveCan app to provide COVID-19 related information (such as proof of vaccination), submit the information before board the flight
- fulfill pre-entry testing requirements ; i.e only PCR or similar tests are approved; non-antigen tests are not accepted. Testing must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada
- do not have any symptoms upon arrival
- have their vaccination documentation in English or French ready to show a government official on request
- you still need to present the quarantine plan in case you do not get the exemption
- public health measures such as wearing a mask in public and monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 must be followed all the time
New testing and quarantine regulations
- new border testing surveillance program
- fully vaccinated travellers will not need a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to do a Day 1 PCR test
- Canadian citizens and permanent residents travelling to the US for less then 72 hours are allowed to do the pre-entry test in Canada
- there are no changes for unvaccinated travellers
- for all travellers arriving on or after August 9, there is no need for the three-night-government-authorized hotel stay anymore
- as an fully vaccinated traveller you will no longer have to complete a 14 day quarantine
- this also applies to unvaccinated children under the age of 12 and dependent children
These requirements are intended to keep the COVID-19 cases as low as possible and reduce pressure on the Canadian health care capacity.
We will keep you updated if there is any new information especially about international travel regulations.
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