Swith the date. Canadian officials today announced that the border with the United States will begin reopening next month to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents, more than 16 months after non-essential travel was closed due to the Covid pandemic -19.
“As a first step, effective August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to US citizens and permanent residents, who currently reside in the United States and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering. in Canada for non-essential travel, ”according to a statement. “This preliminary step allows the Government of Canada to fully operationalize the adjusted border measures before September 7, 2021 and recognizes the many close ties between Canadians and Americans.”
The decision and the timetable were expected. Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told provincial leaders the government plans to open the border to vaccinated U.S. travelers weeks before a wider reopening to vaccinated travelers from other countries.
To enter Canada, travelers must use the ArriveCAN government application “Passport for Vaccines”, which allows travelers to download passport information as well as Covid-19 vaccination records and PCR test results. Fully vaccinated residents of other countries will be able to enter Canada from September 7, “provided the epidemiology of Covid-19 in Canada remains favorable.”
It is not known when the United States will allow Canadians to cross the land border for non-essential travel. It is also not known when unvaccinated and partially vaccinated U.S. residents will be able to visit Canada.
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Americans who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine must upload a photo of their vaccination record or enter the information manually. They will also need to upload a negative result of a Covid-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of flight departure or arrival at a land crossing.
ArriveCAN is free and available for iPhone and Android. Creating an account begins with entering an email address and password. The app uses a smartphone camera to scan documents, but does not keep those images. Users can revoke permission for the app to use their camera at any time.
Travelers who prefer not to use their smartphone camera, you can enter the relevant information manually. Travelers who do not have a smartphone can enter their information directly on the ArriveCAN website.
Once a traveler has finished entering their information, the ArriveCAN app provides a receipt with a digital code that must be presented at the Canadian border. Those using the website must print or take a screenshot of their receipt and bring it to the border.
All non-essential travelers to Canada, including those fully vaccinated, will be retested at the border or at the airport upon arrival in the country.
The 5,525-mile border between the United States and Canada has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020. The closure has been extended month-to-month and the current restrictions were officially scheduled to expire on July 21.
Trudeau’s insistence on keeping travel restrictions in place angered business and political leaders on both sides of the border, but he maintained the support of the majority of Canadians. An Angus Reid Institute poll released last week found that nearly seven in ten Canadians (69%) want the travel ban to stay in place until 75% of Canadians are fully immunized – the marker used by the Trudeau administration.
The vaccine’s rollout in Canada started slower than in the United States, but the northern neighbor eventually got ahead. Currently, 70% of Canadians have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 50% are fully immunized, according to the government’s vaccine tracking system. By comparison, 56% of Americans have received at least one dose and 48% of the American population is fully vaccinated, according to data from the Brown School of Public Health.