Canadians with mixed-dose COVID vaccines can cross into the U.S

Justin Trudeau is among those who have received mixed doses of COVID vaccine

Canadians who have received mixed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to cross the border into the U.S.

Nearly four million Canadians have been double-dosed with AstraZeneca mixed with either Pfizer or Moderna. Even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau falls under the category.

A mixing of vaccines is not recognized south of the border. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that although it has not recommended mixing doses for Americans, “we recognize that this is increasingly common in other countries so should be accepted for the interpretation of vaccine records.”

Travellers are considered fully vaccinated if they have had both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose regimen at least two weeks before the travel date.

The U.S. is going to open its border to fully vaccinated travellers on Nov. 8. Land borders between the U.S. and Canada have been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020 because of the pandemic.

Canadian citizens will not be required to show proof of a negative test before crossing into the U.S. by land or seaport of entry. As it stands, Canadians will still have to get a $200 COVID test which needs to come back negative to return home. Any eligible American traveller entering Canada must still show a negative test result at the border.

The U.S. Travel Association has estimated the Mexican and Canadian border closures have been costing American businesses $1.5 billion in travel exports – domestic spending by foreign visitors – every month.