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Vaccinated U.S. travelers may now go to Canada.

The U.S./Canada Border Reopens Today — Here's What You Need to Know Before You Go

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Aug. 9 2021, Published 9:12 a.m. ET

Monday, August 9, 2021 is a milestone for Americans who wish to travel recreationally to Canada. After nearly a year and a half of restrictions on non-essential travel across the borders from the United States to Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada has announced the reopening of its borders.

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Since March of 2020, Canada has prohibited all travel deemed non-essential from the U.S. to Canada to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It has also required a three-night stay in a government-authorized hotel, a requirement which ends on Monday as well. But who is allowed to travel to Canada, and are there still COVID-19 protocols to follow?

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COVID-19 safety requirements for travel to Canada

The lifting of the Canadian travel ban only applies to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. August 9 is the date when fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. may begin traveling to Canada. Tentatively, all other foreign nationals may resume travel to Canada on September 7 if they’re fully vaccinated.

To travel to Canada, U.S. travelers must now:

  • Be fully vaccinated for at least 14 days prior to entering Canada

  • Provide proof of vaccination status in either English or French

  • Have one of the following accepted vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Covishield, and Janssen (Johson & Johnson)

  • Use ArriveCAN to enter mandatory information 72 hours before arrival (either via the app or online)

  • Meet pre-entry testing requirements

  • Keep pre-entry test results for 14 days

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COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers

Testing requirements apply for U.S. travelers to Canada. All travelers aged 5 and up, regardless of vaccination status, must provide proof of a COVID-19 test result.

Only molecular tests, not antigen tests, will be accepted, and they must have been administered by a “reputable laboratory or testing facility”. A complete list of accepted tests is available on the Canadian travel website.

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A negative COVID-19 test result may be submitted, in which case tests must be taken within the 72-hour window prior to departure to Canada.

If you are symptom-free but have tested positive, you can provide proof of a positive molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days before entry to Canada. A positive test result may exempt you from taking an arrival test.

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Other requirements may apply in specific provinces of Canada.

Where Americans can enter Canada

Certain airports are approved for American travelers to arrive:

  • Calgary International Airport
  • Edmonton International Airport
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport
  • Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
  • Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
  • Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Vancouver International Airport
    • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport

    Certain land borders are available to American travelers as well.

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    Can unvaccinated kids travel to Canada?

    Since children under 12 aren’t eligible to receive any of the coronavirus vaccines, the vaccination requirement doesn’t apply, and there is no more 14-day quarantine requirement, as long as they are traveling with a parent who is fully vaccinated.

    Children must be tested on the day of arrival and on day 8 of their visit. Children are also advised to practice precautions and not be in large groups such as a daycare or camp setting for 14 days after arrival.

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