It has been about a month since our Canadian neighbors opened their border for non-essential U.S. travel, but the door hasn’t been open to anyone else — until now. 

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, Canada will now allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals into the country. 

However, there are protocols that need to be followed, and they may already be familiar to you, considering that they are the same protocols that American tourists must follow in order to cross into Canada.

These are the mandatory requirements to enter Canada: 

  • Be fully vaccinated: a traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full dosage of the vaccine — at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.
  • Accepted vaccines include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD.
  • Have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or their arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. ** Antigen tests, or “rapid tests,” are not accepted.
  • Must be asymptomatic.
  • Mandatory information must be submitted via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination and a quarantine plan.
  • Must be admissible under the Immigrant and Refugee Protection Act. 
  • Take a test on arrival, if selected.

You may be wondering…why is the border opening in this way now? 

Although Canadian officials have reported a high volume of travelers over the last few weeks since the border opened to American tourists, the border positivity rate remains low, thus being able to move forward in the next step of the border opening process.

All travellers arriving by air, land, and water may be required to provide proof of their test result to a Government of Canada official when they arrive.

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