Canada opens border with fully vaccinated Americans in August

Travelers are seen wearing masks in the international arrivals area of ‚Äč‚ÄčToronto Pearson Airport in Toronto, Canada, on January 26, 2020.

The Canadian border has been closed to almost all foreigners since March 2020

Canada plans to open its borders to fully vaccinated Americans next month after a nearly 17-month closure.

The move to ease border restrictions will occur after the country’s immunization rates have risen significantly and Covid-19 cases have steadily declined.

If the virus continues to progress, Canada welcomes all fully vaccinated international travelers by September 7.

All travelers must test negative for Covid-19 before entering the country.

The change between American travelers and permanent residents will take effect on August 9.

The Government of Canada first closed its borders in March 2020, banning all non-essential foreign travelers from entering the country, with a few exceptions.

The United States and Canada have also agreed to ban non-significant intersections along the 5,500-mile border. The United States has not yet announced whether it will allow Canadians to cross the border for non-essential travel.

Canadians and permanent residents were subject to compulsory inspection and 14-day quarantine upon entry. This includes a 3-night stay at a government-approved quarantine hotel. Earlier this month, Ottawa lifted restrictions on the return of fully vaccinated Canadians.

Travelers who have not taken a full course of any of the four Canadian-approved vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) must be quarantined upon arrival.

Everyone entering the country must upload proof that they have received a full course of vaccine at least 14 days before arriving at the Government of Canada app. You must also provide a negative Covid-19 test performed within 3 days of departure.

A total ban on all civilian and commercial airliners from India is valid until at least August 31 due to ongoing virus concerns.

Canada’s vaccine program has accelerated in recent months after a late start.

Almost half of Canadians are fully vaccinated, including 56% of those over the age of 12. Almost 70% of Canadians take at least one dose.

Progress in Canada is in contrast to the United States, where vaccine hesitation stagnates total vaccination at about 48%.

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