Good news for those who want to travel to Canada, the country has just announced the reopening of its borders on September 7th. An opening limited to all tourists able to prove that they have been fully vaccinated. The land border with its American neighbor will be reopened a little earlier: from August 9.
To enter Canada, travelers must have received two doses of a vaccine authorized by Health Canada at least 14 days before entering the country and be free of symptoms.
“On August 9, major border changes will come into effect to allow fully vaccinated Americans and permanent residents living in the United States to enter Canada for non-essential reasons,” said the Canadian Minister of Justice. Health, Patty Hajdu, during a press briefing.
Trudeau government under pressure from tourism sector
For the time being, the United States has not made a commitment to a reciprocal reopening. “We are continuing to review our travel restrictions,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who said the United States was following the advice of its “own medical experts.”
Pressed in recent weeks by the tourism sector to lift restrictions in a country where vaccination is well advanced, the Trudeau government also announced a full opening for the month of September.
The reopening of the Canada-US border on August 9 will be followed by the “reopening of our border to fully vaccinated travelers from any country provided they meet the conditions for entry,” announced Dominic LeBlanc , the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, during a press briefing.
Canada closed its air borders on March 18, 2020 and then three days later its land border with the United States, the longest in the world. According to government figures released Monday, 75% of residents of Canada have received their first dose and one in two Canadians is fully immunized. A reopening of the border with the United States is also scheduled for August 9.