On July 19, the Canadian government announced that due to high Canadian vaccination rates, Canada's border will open to fully vaccinated Americans on August 9, and other foreigners on September 7. Travellers are required to show proof of vaccination and use ArriveCan, an app that allows travellers to digitally provide contact and quarantine information.
The U.S. has not yet announced plans to lift restrictions for Canadians to enter the U.S. for discretionary purposes.
Effective August 9, Canada will allow fully vaccinated American travellers into the country:
- Unvaccinated American children under the age of 12 and unvaccinated dependent children will be able to accompany a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, or legal guardian and forgo the 14-day quarantine but must follow relevant public health guidelines in the region they’re visiting.
- Effective September 7, other fully vaccinated foreign nationals can travel to Canada for discretionary purposes if the domestic COVID-19 situation continues to remain “favourable.”
- All travellers will be required to upload proof of vaccination to the ArriveCAN app or website before they board their flight to Canada and carry their vaccine certificate with them to present to border officials.
If you need an essential traveller exemption or have questions about your eligibility to travel to Canada, contact Ackah Law for assistance.