Canadian Border to Open to Vaccinated Americans Aug 9

A popular destination for many American RVers, Canada has been off limits since the onset of the pandemic last year.

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Fully vaccinated Americans and residents will be allowed to enter Canada for non-essential travel beginning Aug. 9. Canadian government ministers made the announcement Monday, The Hill reports. The announcement marked the first step toward opening the country’s border for all international tourists.

Non-essential travel to Canada has been banned since March 2020, and Canada’s public safety minister announced last month that the travel restrictions across the U.S.-Canadian border would be extended until July 21.

“As a first step, starting August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel,” the Canadian government wrote in a statement on Monday.

There are no changes to the mandatory testing requirements for unvaccinated travelers.

Adults entering the country will need to present proof (in either English or French) that they’ve received a complete round of one of the vaccines approved for use in Canada. The government will only recognize vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

The Canadian government said it plans on opening the nation’s borders to fully vaccinated travelers from all countries on Sept. 7, if conditions remain favorable.

On the U.S. side, Biden administration officials do not have any immediate plans to reciprocate, and the border will remain closed to Canadian tourists, regardless of vaccination status.

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