Canada reopens to US tourists: Your guide to crossing the border

Canada reopens to US tourists: Your guide to crossing the border According to Jane Levere, CNN, the Canadian government has prohibited Americans from taking nonessential trips there since March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But that will change on Monday, August 9, when Canada opens its borders once again to leisure travel from its southern neighbors. In a news release issued July 19, the Public Health Agency of Canada said the loosening of these restrictions is taking place because of "rising vaccination rates and declining Covid-19 cases." As of August 7, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed Canada at "Level 3: High" for Covid-19. Level 4 is the highest warning. Here is a Q&A guide to help Americans smoothly cross the border for a vacation if you choose to go: Question: Who will be eligible for nonessential travel to Canada starting Monday? US citizens and permanent residents must be fully vaccinated to cross over into Canada. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images Answer: Entry will be permitted to American citizens and permanent residents who currently reside in the United States, are traveling from the United States and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before entering Canada for nonessential travel. To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have received the full series of a Covid-19 vaccine -- or combination of vaccines -- accepted by the government of Canada at least 14 days before entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by: -- Pfizer-BioNTech -- Moderna -- AstraZeneca/Covishield -- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Travelers must provide proof of vaccination in English or French (or a certified translation, along with the original) for both doses, if applicable. Travelers can receive their vaccines in any country. Question: Where can they enter Canada? A traveler picks up a Covid-19 at-home collection kit at Toronto Pearson International Airport on July 5, 2021. Zou Zheng/Xinhua via Getty Images Answer: Flights from the US will be able to land starting August 9 at Canadian airports that include: -- Calgary International Airport -- Edmonton International Airport -- Halifax Stanfield International Airport -- Montreal-Trudeau International Airport -- Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport -- Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport -- Toronto Pearson International Airport -- Vancouver International Airport -- Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Fully vaccinated Americans may also enter Canada at a number of land border crossings. Question: What will entry requirements be? Answer: Fully vaccinated travelers must submit Covid-19 information electronically into ArriveCAN, the official Canadian government app you use to provide mandatory travel information when entering Canada. It must be entered within 72 hours before arrival. Travelers without a smartphone can submit the information at and print the receipt. Travelers must also meet pre-entry testing requirements. All travelers 5 or older must show proof of a negative result from a Covid-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours before their arrival in Canada or show proof of a positive Covid-19 molecular test taken between 14 and 180 days, as of August 9, before their arrival. This is the US-Canadian border crossing at Niagara Falls. Peter Power/The Canadian Press via AP In addition, travelers must also: -- Be asymptomatic upon arrival -- Have a paper or digital copy of their proof of vaccination in English or French -- Have a suitable quarantine plan, should a quarantine become necessary. Final determination of entry eligibility and quarantine requirements will be made by a government official at the border, based on the information presented at entry into Canada. Using a new border testing surveillance program at airports and land border crossings, fully vaccinated travelers will not need a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 Covid-19 molecular test. However, all travelers to Canada must still meet the pre-arrival testing requirements
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