Everything about Canada’s Borders Opening
The Federal Government announced that on September 7, 2021, Canada will open its borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination. Of course, travellers must have the vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.
Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested that the Canada-U.S. border would start opening to fully vaccinated tourists in mid-August. He added that by early September, Canada would open its borders to the rest of the world.
This was confirmed today!
Canada’s Borders Opening
During the virtual press conference, officials mentioned that:
- On August 9th: fully vaccinated U.S. tourists can enter Canada. That same day, Canada will also be getting rid of the hotel quarantine for all travellers.
- New measures for unvaccinated children.
- On September 7th: fully vaccinated tourists from all countries can enter Canada.
- Until August 21st: the travel ban from India will be extended.
- Other new policies: international flights
From August 9, Canada will allow discretionary (non-essential) travel. To be eligible to enter Canada, these travellers have to:
- Have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French.
- Provide information related to COVID-19 through ArriveCAN.
- Meet the pre-entry testing requirements.
- Be asymptomatic upon arrival.
Furthermore, these travellers have to present a quarantine plan in case they don’t meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine.
Remember! The final decision on who gets to enter Canada rests with the border official. Preparing in advance can prevent unwanted surprises.
Starting August 9, Canada will also update the rules for children under age 12 who are not eligible for a vaccine. From this day, unvaccinated dependents of fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to complete the full 14-day quarantine. But, they will have to avoid group settings for 14 days.
It is important to note that children will still be subject to all entry and testing requirements. This includes those travelling from the U.S. for discretionary purposes. Officials also said that when tourists from all countries are allowed to enter (in September) this measure will apply to their unvaccinated children as well.
Fully vaccinated foreign nationals coming to Canada for discretionary (non-essential) purposes can enter on September 7, 2021. This includes:
- Travellers who qualify for entry under another exemption (e.g. immediate or extended family member).
- Travellers who are coming to Canada for essential reasons, such as temporary foreign workers, or international students.
This group will also be required to submit information relating to their vaccination status via the ArriveCAN app. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers have to provide a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French. They also have to meet the pre-entry testing requirements and be asymptomatic upon arrival.
Remember! The vaccines approved by Health Canada are Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), and Johnson & Johnson. The list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future as evidence becomes available. Please, read the Guide for travellers entering Canada during COVID-19.
Fully vaccinated travellers no longer have to do on-arrival and day eight testing, but they may be subject to random testing at the border.
On April 22, 2021, Canada introduced a travel ban for India. Unfortunately, this measure has been extended until August 21st.
International flights will land at the following five additional Canadian airports, on August 9:
- Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
- Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.
- Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport.
- Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
- Edmonton International Airport.
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