Canada will reopen the border to fully vaccinated travellers

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.

take care!

– Tatjana

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Fun Facts about Canada

Today I would like to share some facts about Canada specifically things you SHOULD NOT do here in Canada. Many things are different to Europe or Asia. So inform yourself before you do something even though you are sure about the laws. Better safe than sorry. Here are a few things you have to take care of!

  • Do not drink and drive: The legal alcohol limit is indeed 0,8‰ BUT in case of an accident the insurance will pay nothing at all and also the police men know no mercy in case of drink and drive and the penalties are brutal! It´s also not allowed to drink on streets out of bottles.
  • Never forget to have a health insurance for your stay in Canada. A day in a   Canadian hospital can easily cost you around 1000$ or even more so get  informed about the insurance!
  • If you go to one of the many national parks, never feed an animal or break an branch! A bouquet of flowers from a national park can cost you up to 500$, so you better buy one at a florist!
  • For the smokers among us: Smoking is kind of a taboo in Canada and much more expansive than in Europe. In all public buildings (Bars, Clubs, Airports etc.) it´s not allowed to smoke. There is even a law that you are not allowed to smoke within 6 meters from entrances of public buildings.

Cheers, Lydia

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