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Canada Opens to Fully COVID-19 Vaccinated Americans

July 19, 2021 • 7:19 pm CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The Government of Canada announced today it is prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada by taking a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening its borders.

On September 7, 2021, provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favorable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to fully vaccinated travelers who have completed the full course of COVID-19 vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days before entering Canada, and who meet specific entry requirements, stated a press release.

As a first step, starting August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents living in the USA and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel.

If they are eligible to enter Canada and meet specific criteria, fully vaccinated, travelers will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada.

This preliminary step allows the Government of Canada to fully operationalize the adjusted border measures ahead of September 7, 2021, and recognizes the many close ties between Canadians and Americans.

Subject to limited exceptions, all travelers must use Canada's ArriveCAN to submit their travel information.

As of July 19, 2021, the U.S. CDC's website says, 'Because of the current situation in Canada, all travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.' See the CDC's recommendations for unvaccinated travelers.

If you decide to visit Canada, see the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19, and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.