Canada is finally reopening its borders to international travelers, government officials announced on Monday.
Canada will first open its borders to fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents on August 9. Provided Canada’s “COVID-19 epidemiology remains favorable,” the border could then reopen to citizens of other nations on September 7.
“The Government of Canada is prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada by taking a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening our borders,” the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said in a statement (via City News). “Thanks to the hard work of Canadians, rising vaccination rates and declining COVID-19 cases, the Government of Canada is able to move forward with adjusted border measures.”
Non-essential travel into Canada has been banned since March of 2020. While the country will soon open to fully vaccinated travelers, unvaccinated travelers will remain barred from crossing the border for non-essential trips and will be required to quarantine for 14 days for essential travel.
As the border reopens, Canada will welcome travelers through international airports in eight major cities: those in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Quebec City, Winnipeg and Edmonton.
“These airports, in cooperation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency and Transport Canada, are working to implement the measures necessary to safely welcome international passengers as soon as possible after August 9, as conditions dictate,” the Public Health Agency of Canada’s statement explained.
Starting on August 9, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be subject to mandatory post-arrival testing. However, all arrivals will still be subject to random testing.