Update, 8/9: Canada is now open to most Americans citizens and permanent residents for the first time since last March, for entry via air or land borders. You can find estimated wait times at border entry points here.
The US land border remains closed to Canadians through at least August 21st, but the air border to Canadians has never closed and remains open.
If you travel to Canada, let us know how it goes!
Canada will finally be open its borders to fully vaccinated US citizens on August 9th who have completed the full course of Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines 2 weeks before entering the country.
- Fully vaccinated Americans with their vaccination cards will not have to quarantine. You must have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada. In other words if your last dose was on August 1st, you can’t enter Canada until August 16th.
- Acceptable vaccines include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson.
- Beware that providing false information will make you subject to heavy fines and charges.
- You will need to provide information to ArriveCAN before entry or boarding a flight to Canada. You will need to upload proof of vaccination, test results, and a valid quarantine plan if your documentation doesn’t qualify for entry. At the border you’ll need the ArriveCAN receipt, proof of vaccination, and COVID test results.
- Unvaccinated minors younger than 12 traveling with vaccinated US parents will not have to quarantine.
- All travelers 5 years of age or older arriving by land or air into Canada will need to provide a COVID-19 PCR/NAAT test from within the past 72 hours before boarding time of your flight into Canada or before your land entry time. That includes the Abbott IDNOW test which doesn’t require a deep nose swab. I took that test from Walgreens for free before traveling to Hawaii and had my results back in just 2 hours. Note that Canada does not accept antigen/telehealth test results.
- Americans that are flying to the US will need a COVID-19 PCR/NAAT/antigen test from within the past 4 days. A Telehealth antigen test is acceptable for entry into the US. If your test in the US is within 4 days of your flight back, then the one test will cover your flight to Canada and back. In other words if you get tested on Sunday, fly to Canada on Monday, and fly back to the US on Wednesday, you can use the same test result for both your outbound and return flight!
- Americans that drive across the border to the US do not need to provide a negative COVID test.
International travelers should be able to enter Canada beginning September 7th, but that’s subject to change based on the COVID situation.
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