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What American Tourists Will Need To Enter Canada On Monday

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Canada will finally reopen its borders to vaccinated American tourists beginning on Monday, August 9th for the first time since sealing off its borders in March of 2020. U.S. travelers will be able to enter Canada for non-essential reasons such as tourism only if they have been fully vaccinated. Here is the easy guide on what Americans will need when entering Canada.

Canada gates at airport

Proof Of Vaccination

American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States must present proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.

Accepted vaccines include:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca

All other vaccines are not recognized by Health Canada at this time.

The paper CDC cards issued by the U.S. are acceptable proof of being fully vaccinated.

Vaccine card and US passport

Pre-Arrival Testing Required

All vaccinated U.S. travelers must present a negative COVID-19 molecular test result no older than 72 hours prior to scheduled departure time.

Canada accepts the following Covid-19 tests:

  • PCR
  • NAATs
  • Isothermal amplification
  • TMA
  • RNA

It is important to note that Canada does NOT accept Rapid tests.

Welcome to Canada sign

For Fully Vaccinated Travelers That Have Had Covid-19

Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers can provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test when crossing the border, instead of a negative one.

The test must have been conducted between 14 and 90 days prior to your scheduled entry into Canada. Travelers must be symptom free.

Traveler Wearing Mask with suitcase

ArriveCAN app Or Web Portal Must Be Completed

All U.S. travelers must complete the ArriveCan app or Web Portal within 72 hours before arriving in Canada. This applies to all land and air arrivals. During the registration process you will be required to upload proof of vaccination. Once successfully completed, U.S. travelers will be provided with a receipt that must be presented to Canadian border officers.

  • Accepted forms of the ArriveCAN receipt include:
    • from the app
    • a screenshot
    • your email
    • a printout

Emergency Quarantine Plan

All U.S. travelers must have an emergency quarantine plan in the event they do not meet the requirements for quarantine exemption when arriving in Canada. This only applies if travelers have not completed the necessary steps prior to arrival or if a border services officer suspects the traveler is showing symptoms of Covid-19 and could be a risk to Canadian public health.

Traveler at airport

Arriving By Air

The following airports in Canada will being accepting U.S. travelers:

  • Montreal
  • Calgary
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Halifax
  • Quebec
  • Ottawa
  • Winnipeg
  • Edmonton
Air Canada runway Vancouver

Arriving By Land

U.S. travelers arriving at Canadian land border crossings should be prepared for delays or longer wait times than usual. Some land border crossings may be operating on reduced hours. Pre-arrival testing and completing the Arrive-Can app are still required when crossing by land.


Other International Travelers

As of Monday August 9th, only American citizens and permanent residents are eligible to enter Canada. Beginning September 9, Canada will begin reopening to other international travelers.

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Wednesday 4th of August 2021

People have already mentally written Canada off, there will be no tourist boom. It will lockdown again as soon as Trudeau figures out how to deflect the blame for the coming failure of the vaccine gamble.

Achal RAM

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Just waiting for the international flights to get going...borders to reopen..

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Yes, more positive changes coming in September!


Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Sounds like prep for going to prison...