The Government of Canada announced that starting August 9th, fully vaccinated Americans will be allowed into the country, with a plan to allow more travelers a month later.
As of midnight on August 9th, citizens or permanent residents of the States can visit Canada for non-essential purposes if they’ve received a full course of any of the COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada at least two weeks before their arrival.
Unvaccinated children under 12 and unvaccinated dependent children will be able to enter the country with their parent or guardian and bypass the 14-day quarantine period.
The United States hasn’t yet announced whether they plan to lift the same restrictions for Canadian travelers.
People traveling from outside of the U.S. will have to wait until at least September 7th. Government officials add that will only happen if the COVID-19 situation in Canada remains “favourable”.
All travelers will have to upload proof of vaccination to the ArriveCAN app, or carry their vaccine certificate with them, to show officials before boarding their flight.
The number of airports accepting international flights will increase from four to nine. Those airports will now be the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa, James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, the Edmonton International Airport, and the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
The Government says they will also stop mandating a three-night stay at a government hotel for non-vaccinated travelers, but they will still need to come up with a suitable quarantine plan.