The federal government announced yesterday that Canada will reopen its border to fully vaccinated Americans starting August 9, 2021.
Visitors coming in from the U.S. will need to show their vaccine card to border officials. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, will still require a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test result. Unvaccinated American children under the age of 12 will be able to accompany a fully vaccinated parent or legal guardian and avoid the 14-day quarantine but must follow health guidelines for the region they are visiting.
There has not been an announcement from the U.S. government on whether it will follow a similar policy to allow Canadians into the U.S.
All other fully vaccinated international travelers will be allowed to enter Canada starting September 7, 2021, on the condition the country’s COVID-19 case counts remain low and vaccination rates keep trending in a positive direction. RCC welcomes the easing of travel restrictions as it is good for the economy and provides hope for Canadian retailers. We have been actively pressing for this since the spring when we wrote to the Prime Minister on May 17, 2021 to urgently request that the federal government collaborate with officials in the United States and other countries in setting benchmarks that would enable the easing of border restrictions and travel quarantines.