Updated: July 19, 2021 06:13 PM
Created: July 19, 2021 12:51 PM
Fully-vaccinated Americans will be able to visit Canada beginning August 9, but they'll have to take care of some paperwork ahead of time.
Canadian health officials detailed the reopening plans on Monday. Only travelers who have been fully-vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada will be allowed to cross the border, though the vaccine requirement will not apply for children under 12 years of age.
Before reaching the border, travelers will need to use the ArriveCAN app or web portal to provide proof of vaccination. They must also bring a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation and be asymptomatic upon arrival.
"Our approach at the border has always been based on the latest science and evidence. This approach will be, the relaxation of measures will be a gradual process taking into account the vaccination rate of Canadians and our own epidemiological situation," said Patty Hajdu, Canada's Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North.
Bill Blair, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, said the U.S. has not announced a reciprocal opening for its land border to Canadians at this time. However, Canadians are currently allowed to fly to the U.S.
The land border reopening will extend to fully-vaccinated residents of all other countries on Sept. 7. Travelers will need to have received one of the vaccines that have been approved in Canada, which include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
Non-essential travel to Canada will still be prohibited for travellers who are not fully-vaccinated.
For air travelers, officials announced that effective Aug. 9, they will drop a requirement that travelers spend the first three nights of their quarantine in a government-authorized hotel. Air travelers will still be required to quarantine on their own for 14 days. Children will be exempt from the quarantine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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