Government of Canada Announces Easing of Border Measures for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

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Charles McDiarmid
By Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director
In the Media20 July 2021

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Given our collective efforts, rising vaccination rates and declining COVID-19 cases, on July 19th, 2021, the Government of Canada announced their risk-based and measured approach to re-opening our borders.

As a first step, starting August 9th, 2021, Canada plans to begin welcoming American citizens and permanent residents living in the United States who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel.

On September 7th, 2021, provided that the domestic situation remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days before entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

At this time, all eligible travellers must:

  • Provide COVID-19 related information through ArriveCAN;
  • Have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada;
  • Meet the pre-entry testing requirements; such as having a negative molecular COVID-19 test, commonly referred to as a PCR test, generally within 72 hours of your flight departure to Canada.
  • Be asymptomatic upon arrival;
  • Have a quarantine plan.

Please note, fully vaccinated travellers will not need a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test. Fully vaccinated travellers who meet the requirements will be exempt from quarantine; however, all travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine if it is determined at the border that they do not meet the requirements.

We encourage all guests to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements, both federally and provincially while planning to visit us. For the latest information on travel to Canada, please visit the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism page.

As most governments have implemented special entry and exit requirements, we also recommend all guests verify their destinations' entry specifications prior to departing for Canada. Explore the Destination Tracker developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to have a quick overview of what measures are in place at the destinations in your planned itinerary. For those who require asymptomatic testing for travelling, find here a list of testing centres, including airports, in British Columbia.

Thank you so much for all your continuous support and interest in visiting us.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Kindest Regards,

Charles

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