Canada's Border Reopening Dates
The long wait will soon be over for foreigners who have been banned from entering Canada for nearly 16 months. IRCC announced the next phase of Canada’s border reopening begins in August for U.S. tourists and September for tourists from all other countries.
1. Canada open its boder to fully vacinnated tourists this summer
Beginning August 9, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United States currently residing in the US will be permitted to enter Canada. That same day, Canada will also be getting rid of the hotel quarantine for all travelers. The border will reopen to fully vaccinated international travelers from all countries on September 7.
Entry to Canada will continue to be prohibited for all foreign travelers who are not fully vaccinated.
Getting through the door
All fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Canadian government at least 14 days prior to entering Canada, according to the statement.
Canada accepts only the vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.Other vaccines, including those from China or Russia, will not be recognized by Canada.
Government officials also confirmed Canada will be extending its ban on direct flights to India until August 21.
Traveling with kids
Unvaccinated children under 12 years old who are traveling with fully vaccinated parents will no longer have to complete a 14-day quarantine.
However, these kids will have to follow strict rules such as avoiding group settings during the first 14 days after their arrival. They must also complete tests on the first and eighth days after they enter Canada.
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2. Proof of Vaccination
Vaccination information: Those arriving in Canada must provide evidence of their vaccination in English, French, or a certified translation in addition to the original. Travelers will also be required to upload Covid-related information, including proof of vaccination, through the ArriveCan app or web portal before departure to Canada.
Fully vaccinated visitors must also be asymptomatic upon arrival and meet pre-entry screening requirements, including a new border program that randomly selects people to complete a Covid test the day of their arrival.
In case travelers fail to meet all of the conditions, they are required to have a suitable quarantine plan ready to present at the border.
3. Which airports in Canada are accepting international flights?
Airports in Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Edmonton will now be open to international air arrivals. Passengers will still be expected to co-operate with public health guidelines.
Throughout the pandemic, the only airports accepting international arrivals were Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.
- Fully vaccinated U.S. tourists can enter Canada starting August 9
- Hotel quarantine policy ending August 9
- Fully vaccinated children of Canadians, and other exempt travelers to have amended quarantine starting August 9
- Fully vaccinated tourists from all countries can enter September 7
- India flight ban extended to August 21
- More airports accepting international flights
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