Canada is Reopening to Fully Vaccinated Americans on August 9, 2021 and to fully vaccinated visitors from all countries on September 7, 2021, assuming Canada's COVID-19 cases continue to be low. Previously, as we reported in our Canada Update: Fully Vaccinated Canadians Can Skip Quarantine from July 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted that a minimum of 75 percent of Canadians should have received a first COVID-19 vaccine dose before border restrictions are relaxed. To date, ~70% of Canadians have received at least one dose, and ~50% are fully vaccinated.
To be eligible to enter Canada as of August 9, 2021, U.S. citizens and permanent residents must:
- Be at least two weeks after their second or final dose of a vaccine approved in Canada (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca)
- Have uploaded proof of their full vaccination to a Canadian government app at least 14 days before departure
- Present negative results from a COVID-19 molecular test taken within the 72 hours prior to flight departure or arrival at a land crossing
Also effective 8/9/21, Canada will expand the airports that can accept international flights to include all the following, beyond Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary:
- Quebec City
Currently the Canadian-U.S. border is closed to non-essential travel, and while the current order is set to expire July 21, it is expected to be extended until the August 9 reopening date.
Canada approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15-year olds about a week earlier than the U.S. Back in May, Canada passed the U.S. in COVID-19 vaccine first doses administered.
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