As Canada continues the process of reopening, many have been wondering how long the borders, especially the one with our Southern friends, will remain shutdown. Well, we don’t have to wonder any longer. We finally know when fully vaccinated Americans and other foreign nationals will be able to enter Canada.
The news was announced Monday afternoon in a press conference where Health Minister Patty Hajdu said, “With rising vaccination rates and fewer cases in Canada, we can begin to safely ease border measures.”
The Minister continued, “A gradual approach to reopening will allow our health authorities to monitor the COVID-19 situation here and abroad. Canadians have worked hard and sacrificed for each other, and because of that work, we can take these next steps safely.”
A big step for anyone hoping to travel to Canada — after an extended closure since March 2020.— Nathaniel Reed (@ReedReports) July 19, 2021
However, only vaxxed travelers will be allowed, which could stir up some controversy among GOP reps located along the US/Canada border https://t.co/kVhNczv3th
What’s the Tea
Canada plans to start allowing vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents beginning on August 9 for non-essential travel. But what if you or your loved ones aren’t American? The border is expected to reopen to all fully-vaccinated travellers on September 7.
However, for those who are still unvaccinated, the rules haven’t changed. Unvaccinated travellers with permission to enter Canada must still go through the 3-day hotel quarantine (until August 9), followed by a strict 14-day quarantine.
“Fully vaccinated travellers who meet the requirements will be exempt from quarantine; however, all travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements,” says Public Health Canada.
For vaccinated folks, no quarantine is necessary, however, you must show that you have a quarantine plan in place should you contract COVID-19 while in Canada. Whether you’re vaxxed or not, you still need to present the results of a molecular COVID-19 test.
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