Canada Reopens to Vaccinated Americans August 2021

Canada Reopens to Vaccinated Americans August 2021


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:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Halifax
  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
  • Quebec City
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Winnipeg

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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