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.
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:
- Johnson & Johnson
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.
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:
- Isothermal amplification
It is important to note that Canada does NOT accept Rapid tests.
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.
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.
Arriving By Air
The following airports in Canada will being accepting U.S. travelers:
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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