Canada to Welcome Fully Vaccinated U.S. Visitors on Aug. 9

Canada next month will open its border to U.S. travelers fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with a wider opening to the rest of the world to follow in September, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced on Monday.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are at least two weeks beyond their full vaccination dosage can travel to Canada without quarantine starting Aug. 9. Vaccinated travelers still must provide a negative Covid-19 test taken prior to arrival, but fully vaccinated travelers will not need to be tested again after arrival unless they are randomly selected to take a test as part of a new border testing surveillance program at both airports and land borders. Travelers will need to submit their travel information to the ArriveCAN app or web portal as well.

"We have been fully engaged with our American counterparts, given the deep economic and family ties between our two countries," Canada Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair said in a statement. "Today's announcement is another big step in our approach to easing border measures, which is guided by facts, scientific evidence and the advice of our public health experts."