It’s happened, folks! After weeks of teasers, ministers and officials announced that Canada will once again allow travellers from both the United States and the rest of the world starting in August. However, there are two different dates to know about. And, of course, this comes with a whole host of rules to ensure the safety of Canadian residents. Here’s what they’re saying.

The news came from the Minister of Health Patty Hajdu, who first referenced that 80% of eligible Canadians have received their first COVID shot, while 50% are now fully vaccinated. Due to these steps forward in public health, the borders will be partially reopened. And, this plan will be adhered to as long as conditions remain favourable.

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Things kick off on August 9th, when fully vaccinated Americans (who received their second dose at least 14 days before visiting) will be allowed into Canada for non-essential travel once more. Then, on September 7th, the borders will open to fully vaccinated travellers from around the world.

In addition to being fully vaccinated, there are other requirements for potential entrants. These are:

  • provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN (app or web portal) including proof of vaccination prior to departing for Canada (subject to limited exceptions);
  • meet the pre-entry testing requirements;
  • be asymptomatic upon arrival; and
  • have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French (or certified translation, along with the original) ready to show a government official on request.

So, while it’s not exactly a free-for-all, it does mark the biggest change in border measures that Canada has seen in over a year. For more information on Canada opening its border to travellers, you can check out the official press release right here.