Canada begins to allow entry for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens, permanent residents
Canada unilaterally began to allow the entry by fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents on Monday after the two countries agreed to close the border to non-essential travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic 17 months ago, Xinhua reports.
Eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents must live in the United States and have allowed 14 days to pass since receiving a full course of a Health Canada-approved vaccine.
They are also needed to show proof of a negative molecular test for COVID-19 that's no more than 72 hours old and to use the ArriveCAN app or online web portal to upload their vaccination details.
Fully vaccinated visitors who have recovered from the disease and are otherwise eligible to enter Canada can show proof of a positive molecular test taken between 14 and 90 days prior to crossing the border.
Monday also marks the end of mandatory quarantine hotels. Previously, all travellers flying into Canada from an international destination had to quarantine at an airport hotel at their own expense for up to three days while they await a COVID-19 test result.
Before Monday, international flights were only permitted to land in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, but under the new rules, international flights can now land in Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton.
The Canadian government is planning to open its borders to fully vaccinated visitors from the rest of the world starting Sept. 7. All foreign visitors have to get one of the Canada-approved four vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson option.
The Biden administration extended the U.S.-Canada border closure on non-essential travel until at least Aug. 21, citing concerns over the spread of the Delta variant. Air and sea travellers are exempt, though passengers by rail, ferry and pleasure boat are not.