Canada to Reopen Borders to Fully Vaccinated Americans in August

The government of Canada announced on July 19 that it will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated Americans in August.

In a statement, the Canadian government said that fully vaccinated Americans will be allowed to enter starting on August 9, marking the first step in easing border measures for fully vaccinated international travelers by Sept. 7.

To enter Canada, Americans have to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the travel, according to the government.

The Canadian government accepts COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca.

Fully vaccinated travelers will also not be required to undergo a post-arrival test starting on Aug. 9, unless they have been randomly chosen to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test.

Fully vaccinated travelers will also be exempted from undergoing a three-night stay at a government-authorized hotel.

“This strategy allows the Government of Canada to continue monitoring variants of concern in Canada and vaccine effectiveness. Using these layers of protection, the Government of Canada can monitor the COVID-19 situation in Canada, respond quickly to threats, and guide decisions on restricting international travel,” the Canadian government said.

However, all travelers are required to provide a quarantine plan and to be prepared to quarantine if necessary.

Canada plans to allow entry to fully vaccinated international travelers on Sept. 7, as long as the COVID-19 situation “remains favorable.”

The move comes after nearly a 17-month closure. Canada first closed its borders in March 2020, barring non-essential foreign travelers from entering the country, with a few exceptions.

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