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Canadian Borders Open to Fully Vaccinated Travelers This September

Canada-U.S. border open to fully-vaccinated travelers

As of August 9, 2021, non-essential travel will be permitted for eligible, fully vaccinated Americans residing in the U.S. Canada has also announced the easing of border measures for all fully vaccinated travelers as of September 7, 2021.

“Thanks to the incredible progress that Canadians have made in our fight against the pandemic, we are now able to take the next step in Canada’s gradual reopening of the border. We look forward to welcoming fully vaccinated Americans shortly, followed by travellers from the rest of the world in early September. Not only will this make a big difference for Canada’s travel and tourism industry and all those whose jobs depend on it, it will also make it easier for those with a Confirmation of Permanent Residence letter to come to Canada and play a role in our recovery from the pandemic.”

The Honourable Marco Mendicino
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Who can enter Canada as of August 9th?

Starting August 9th, Canada will allow fully vaccinated Americans to enter the country for discretionary travel. Unvaccinated American children under 12 or dependent children over the age of 12 who have not yet received the vaccine due to a mental or physical condition, may also enter Canada. These children must accompany an eligible, fully vaccinated parent.

Which COVID-19 vaccines are accepted?

To be eligible to enter Canada, fully vaccinated travelers must have received the full series of a vaccine or combination of vaccines. accepted by the government These currently vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

Travelers must have received their last dose at least 14 days before entering the country.

How can I travel to Canada?

While travelers may have received their vaccine in any country, they must provide evidence in French or English. If it is in another language, it will need to be accompanied with a certified translation. Those looking to come to Canada will be required to provide this as well as other COVID-19 related information through ArriveCan. Travelers must also meet pre-entry testing requirements and not show any symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival. Though fully vaccinated travelers will be exempt from the quarantine requirement, they should still prepare a quarantine plan in the case they do not meet all the requirements for exemption.

This announcement is subject to change depending on how the COVID-19 situation progresses.

Lauren Boorman

Lauren is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant based in Montreal with a particular focus on researching and writing about the latest updates in immigration news.

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