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Canada Opening Border In Stages to Fully Vaccinated Travelers

19 Jul

On July 19, 2021, the Government of Canada announced initial measures to slowly open the border for fully vaccinated travelers, including those traveling for non-essential reasons such as tourism and business. Easing of border restrictions will begin in stages, starting on August 9, 2021. 

Beginning August 9, American citizens and permanent residents who are currently residing in the United States and have been fully vaccinated may enter Canada, including for tourism. The traveler must have received the last stage of their vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and the vaccine must be on the Government of Canada’s approved list. Travelers must present proof of vaccination upon arrival in digital or paper copy as well as a negative COVID-19 test result. 

Canada will also open the following additional airports to international flights on August 9: 

  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport;
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport;
  • Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport;
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport; and
  • Edmonton International Airport.

As long as infection rates remain low during the initial opening stage, Canada plans to further open its borders on September 7, 2021 to any fully vaccinated traveler. 

In addition to vaccination status, travelers to Canada must provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry and register on the ArriveCAN app in order to submit travel information. While fully vaccinated travelers will be exempt from quarantine if they meet requirements, they must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine if so directed. Travelers are recommended to check both federal and provincial requirements before making travel arrangements and departing for Canada. 

Foster will continue to monitor government action related to global travel requirements and will make future updates regarding travel restrictions via our firm’s website at