Canada rolls out welcome mat at land borders Monday for fully vaccinated Americans

U.S. land borders will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21

The Americans are coming! The Americans are coming!

For nearly a year-and-a half, except for certain circumstances such as truck traffic, the Canada and U.S. border has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The change takes place at midnight Sunday when non-essential American travellers who have been fully vaccinated with Health Canada approved vaccines will once again be allowed into this country.

To be eligible, travellers must live in the U.S., have allowed at least 14 days to pass since their last dose and show proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that’s no more than 72 hours old. They must also use the ArriveCAN app or online web portal to upload their vaccination details.

Canada has approved four vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot, also known as Covishield, and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson option.

Meanwhile, Washington has been silent on when the U.S. might reopen its borders to non-essential Canadian travellers, except that the closure will stay in place until at least August 21. Canadians have been able to fly to America since the start of the pandemic.

The federal government is currently planning to allow vaccinated visitors from outside the U.S. to return to Canada for non-essential reasons as of September 7.