Canada will allow fully vaccinated Americans to enter the country in just three weeks, authorities said Monday.
U.S. citizens who have been vaccinated for at least 14 days and meet other entry requirements may cross the northern border starting at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 9, the Public Health Agency of Canada said.
Travelers will need to have had a full series of a vaccine that is accepted by the Canadian government, which are the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson shots.
“We’re moving forward and safely easing some border measures that have been in place throughout the pandemic — thanks to the hard work of Canadians, rising Covid-19 vaccination rates, and declining Covid-19 case numbers,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
U.S. children under 12 who are not vaccinated will also be allowed to enter as long as they are accompanied by a “fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor,” the health department said.
Travelers from the rest of the world will also be eligible to enter Canada starting Sept. 7, “provided that Canada’s Covid-19 epidemiology remains favourable,” the health agency statement said.
The statement warned that borders could close again at any moment if conditions take a turn for the worst.
“Border measures also remain subject to change as the epidemiological situation evolves,” the health agency said. “As Canada begins to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from the U.S., the Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation and provide updated travel advice for Canadians.”
Canada closed its borders in March last year as the world desperately fought the spread of Covid-19.
Reopening Canada to the world has been in the works for weeks now.
Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays, who haven’t been in Ontario since September 2019, will finally be allowed to play at their Rogers Centre home on July 30, the government announced last week.
I’ve long been calling for opening border with Canada. #Done on Aug. 9 per Prime Minister today.
So many people can now visit friends & relatives & work on either side of border.
And for those who haven’t yet gotten vaccine, here’s reason no. 99 for getting one: 🇨🇦🇺🇸🇨🇦🇺🇸 ♥️
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) July 19, 2021
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat whose native Minnesota shares a 547-mile border with Canada, said Monday that she is happy for all the friends, family and co-workers who have been separated all this time.
“And for those who haven’t yet gotten vaccine, here’s reason no. 99 for getting one,” she said in a statement.
Americans! Get Vaccinated (twice times)! Come to visit of Canada! Much land! Majestic Moose! Very special Poutine dish! Rye Whiskey of finest kind!! Learn to play curling game! Also: big cities for wild night funning times of music!
You know you are wishing to!
— Guy Gavriel Kay (@guygavrielkay) July 19, 2021
Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay told Americans to get their shots and head north to enjoy poutine, rye whiskey and curling.
“You know you are wishing to!” he tweeted.