Canada Reopens Its Borders to Fully Vaccinated U.S. Travelers

By Kurt Stolz on 9 August 2021
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Travelers using kiosks to enter Canada

For the first time since the early days of the pandemic, Canada reopened its borders on Monday to non-essential travel by U.S. citizens who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The move came 17 months after authorities first closed the 5,500-mile (8,851-kilometer) border to virtually all travelers in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Fully vaccinated visitors from other countries will likely be admitted starting September 7, officials in Canada said.

Visitors to the Great White North need to provide proof of fully vaccinated status, which means that the last dose of a two-dose vaccine must have been given at least two weeks prior to arriving in Canada. A negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival must also be presented.

The United States, however, will not follow suit and has no current plans to reopen its border to Canadian visitors.

“We rely on the guidance of our health and medical experts, not the actions of other countries,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki shortly after Canadian officials had announced their plans to reopen the border.

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