Americans will soon be able to travel to their second most popular travel destination
Americans who have been vaccinated for at least 14 days will be able to travel to Canada, their second most popular destination, starting August 9, the Canadian government announced. Mexico, the most popular travel destination, is already open for traveling.
Canada and the United States closed their borders in March 2020. Now Canada is reopening its borders – to Americans first, as a preliminary step before opening the country to all travelers who are vaccinated on September 7th.
“At every step, the safety of Canadians will continue to be our top priority,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a Tweeter Monday evening.
Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health for Canada, said in the press release that “with rising vaccination rates and fewer cases in Canada, we can safely begin to ease border measures.” Hajdu added that a “gradual approach to reopening will allow our health authorities to monitor the COVID-19 situation here and abroad.”
While all travelers will still need to take a COVID test prior to arrival and will be required to post their travel information through the ArrivalCAN Portal, travelers will no longer have to quarantine themselves upon arrival. They will also not need to take an additional COVID test after arrival, unless they are randomly selected to do so.
Travelers will still need to have proof of their vaccination status, a digital or hard copy, and a quarantine plan prepared once in the country, in case they arrive at the border and it is determined that they are not responding to requirements.
Canada’s new guidelines also allow unvaccinated children under the age of 12 and dependents of fully vaccinated travelers to be exempt from quarantine upon arrival, but they cannot participate in group activities, especially camps or daycares.
Currently, US borders are still closed to Canadian and Mexican travelers. Last month, the Department of Homeland Security tweeted that the United States would extend restrictions on non-essential travel until July 21.
Requested in a briefing On Monday, if the United States reciprocates by opening its border with Canada, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said: “We are continuing to review our travel restrictions.