American travellers who are fully vaccinated will be able to make the trek to Canada starting on August 9. The federal government also said on Monday the easing of border restrictions to other foreign nationals will happen about a month later.
As of 12:01 a.m. on Monday, August 9, fully vaccinated Americans and permanent residents in the U.S. will be able to cross the border into Canada if they have received both doses of the four COVID-19 vaccines approved by health officials in this country at least 14 days prior to arrival.
“This preliminary step allows for the government of Canada to fully operationalize the adjusted border measures ahead of Sept. 7, 2021, and recognizes the many close ties between Canadians and Americans,” the government said in a news release.
Unvaccinated American children under the age of 12 and unvaccinated dependent children will be able to accompany a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, or legal guardian and forgo the 14-day quarantine, but must follow relevant public health guidelines in the region they’re visiting.
The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020. The restrictions have been renewed each month since.
Travellers entering Canada at a border crossing must carry their vaccine certificate with them to present to authorities, and anyone entering the country by plane must have first uploaded proof of vaccination to the ArriveCAN app or website before boarding. Fully vaccinated travellers will not need a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to complete a COVID-19 molecular test.
The number of Canadian airports accepting international flights will increase from four to nine starting on August 9. The government also announced that it’s scrapping the three-night government-authorized hotel stay requirement for all travellers on that date.
Canadian tourists hoping to cross into America are still on hold, as there has been no reciprocal announcement from the White House.
On Monday, Public Health Ontario reported 130 new cases of COVID-19. There were no new deaths reported in the update, while there were 159 new recoveries. At 91,320 vaccines administered on Sunday, Ontario saw its lowest vaccination rate in months. Locally, there were seven new cases of COVID-19 reported by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit in its first update since Friday.