Canada to welcome American travelers and end quarantine hotels from Monday – .

Canada to welcome American travelers and end quarantine hotels from Monday – .

TORONTO – The federal government’s relaxed border restrictions are expected to take effect Monday, which means that for the first time since March 2020, travelers from the United States will be allowed entry into Canada for non-essential purposes.

As of August 9, U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to enter Canada if they can provide proof that they have been fully immunized for at least 14 days.

However, potential visitors will only be permitted to cross if they are resident and traveling from the United States. Additionally, only the four vaccines approved by Health Canada (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson) will be considered acceptable, although US health authorities have not approved any vaccines outside of this list.

Just like fully vaccinated Canadian travelers, US travelers who are fully vaccinated will also be exempt from quarantine for 14 days.

Since there is no vaccine approved for children under 12 in Canada or the United States, unvaccinated children under 12 who travel with a fully immunized parent or guardian will not have also no more need to quarantine from Monday.

The federal government is also removing quarantine hotels starting Monday. Previously, all travelers arriving in Canada from an international destination were required to self-quarantine at an airport hotel at their own expense for up to three days while awaiting the result of their COVID-19 test.

Only the major airports of Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary had been authorized to accept international flights. But from Monday, international flights will once again be allowed to land in Halifax, Quebec, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton.

All travelers over the age of five, regardless of their vaccination status, will still need to provide proof of a COVID-19 test performed before entering Canada. However, starting August 9, fully vaccinated travelers will be exempt from taking an additional COVID-19 test upon entry, unless they have been randomly selected to take a test.

Travelers will also need to submit their travel information, proof of vaccination and COVID-19 test result through the ArriveCAN app or website beforehand.

Canadian border officials were also engaged in a campaign of zeal on Friday, causing long lines at border crossings and airports. But hours later, the federal government struck a tentative deal with the union representing the border guards, preventing further havoc before the border reopened to Americans.

While Canada opens its borders to American travelers, the United States has yet to reciprocate and open the land border to Canadian travelers. The Biden administration has extended the closure of the land border to at least August 21. However, Canadians were never stopped from flying to the United States during the pandemic.

Canada will also open its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the rest of the world starting September 7.


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