On August 9, Canada will finally reopen its borders, allowing vaccinated travellers who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States to enter for the first time since the country put a Covid-motivated closure in place almost 16 months ago.
For those who live along the world’s largest international border — not to mention hikers who have postponed trips over the past year - it’s a step towards normalcy.
First off the bat, vistors need to be vaccinated. Anyone entering Canada from the US needs to be at least 14 days out from either the second dose of their 2-shot vaccine or Johnson & Johnson’s one-and-done shot.
Besides J&J, the Canadian government will accept Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca; other varieties won’t get you in.
No vax? No visit. The only exceptions are kids under 12 years old travelling with a fully-vaccinated adult and travellers who qualify for an exemption because they’re medically unable to get the vaccine; the latter will have to undergo a quarantine upon entering the country.
Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers will have to present a pre-departure negative Covid test and a quarantine plan in case they become symptomatic.