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Canada will start welcoming all vaccinated travellers in September

But Americans can head there early, starting August 9

Written by
Sarah Medina

It's been a long time coming, but the world's longest international border is about to fling open its doors once again. 

On August 9, Canada will reopen to fully vaccinated American citizens and US permanent residents. Then, on September 7, the country intends to allow travelers from any country to enter for tourism. Children who are not yet eligible for vaccination or unvaccinated dependent children can enter with a fully vaccinated guardian. 

The country will also be getting rid of a slew of other Covid restrictions next month. Temperature checks will no longer be mandatory for passengers on domestic and international flights and travelers will no longer be required to stay at a hotel for three nights. The quarantine requirement for children under 12 will also be eliminated. 

Finally, cruises can also resume in Canada starting November 1. 

But don't just think you can waltz into the country. Travelers must still: 

  • Provide proof of vaccine through ArriveCAN's app or web portal before departing for Canada
  • Meet pre-entry testing requirements
  • Be asymptomatic when arriving
  • Submit a quarantine plan
  • Be ready to quarantine if necessary

The United States has not yet indicated any plan to fully open its side of the border to vaccinated Canadians, but it seems like its only a matter of time. Canadians can currently fly into the US with a negative Covid test.

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