COVID-19 Update: Canada to Welcome Fully Vaccinated US Tourists

Canada’s vaccination rate is a subject of interest for anxious travelers around the world. The country’s advanced vaccination efforts have led to the decision to ease travel restrictions. In a recent announcement, Canada will welcome fully vaccinated non-essential travellers from all countries as of September 7, 2021. Fully vaccinated travellers including tourists from the United States will be welcomed even sooner on August 9, 2021.

Canada has the Second Highest Rate of Fully Vaccinated People

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, mentioned in June that the government will review travel restrictions if at least 75% of Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19. The last updated COVID-19 vaccination coverage report on July 23, 2021, shows that at least 79% of the population, aged 12 and older, has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 57% of the population, aged 12 and older, are fully vaccinated. Canada now has the second-highest share of fully-vaccinated people after Spain.

With the increased vaccination rates in Canada, declining COVID-19 cases, and reduced pressure on health care capacity, it’s only a matter of time before the borders are fully opened. Follow us on Facebook for more up-to-date COVID-19 news and updates.

Canada to Open Border to Fully Vaccinated US Tourists

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Businesses on both sides of the Canada and US border are excited to welcome travelers and tourists after more than 12 months. Both countries closed their borders in March 2020 and will resume activities that will strengthen the economies, especially the hospitality and tourism industries. Tourists from the USA may need Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTAs) to enter Canada or passports, find out which you need here.

What do you need to travel to Canada?

US travelers must still follow the following COVID-19 safety measures when traveling to Canada.

Entering Canada from the US:

  • Present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the United States within 72 hours of crossing the border;
  • Proof of vaccination submitted via ArriveCAN app;
  • On-arrival COVID-19 test; and
  • Quarantine plan (in case you test positive on arrival)

Essential Travellers: Who Else Can Enter Canada?

So, who will be allowed to enter Canada on September 7, 2021? Fully-vaccinated travelers from around the world will be allowed to enter Canada for essential purposes only including to work, attend a school, or to visit immediate and extended family members in Canada. Leisure travel is still strictly prohibited for all countries with the exception of citizens and permanent residents from the USA who will be allowed to enter Canada on August 9, 2021.

If you are in possession of a valid Canadian work, study, or permanent residency visa then you are most likely among the lucky few who can enter Canada.

You Can Enter Canada If You Are:

  • Immediate family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents who are travelling to Canada for non-discretionary reasons;
  • Immediate family members of temporary residents in Canada who receive written authorization from IRCC;
  • Temporary workers who hold a valid work permit or who are approved for a work permit but have not yet been issued the work permit;
  • COPR-holders with a valid COPR can enter Canada;
  • IEC participants with valid job offers; and
  • International students;

Do you need a visa to enter Canada? Apply for yours here.

As of August 9, 2021, air travellers will no longer have to stay in a government-authorized hotel for 14 days while awaiting their on-arrival COVID-19 test results. However, you will still be required to follow the following COVID-19 health measures when traveling to Canada by air.

Entering Canada from anywhere else by air:

  • Present a negative COVID-19 test result obtained no more than 72 hours prior to boarding your flight
  • Proof of vaccination submitted via ArriveCAN app;
  • On-arrival COVID-19 test; and
  • Quarantine plan (in case you test positive on arrival)

At CanadianVisa.org, we’re committed to bringing you the latest COVID-19 news and statistics to help you make informed decisions about your travel plans to Canada.