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Canada's Border Reopens To Vaccinated Americans Today — Here's What They Need To Do

Travelling Americans could face fines if they don't follow the rules.

As of 12:01 a.m. Monday, August 9, Canada has reopened its border to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents who live in the U.S. and are travelling for non-essential reasons. Americans will still have to follow a few Canada border rules, however.

First, eligible Americans must have received all required doses of a vaccine approved by the Government of Canada — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) — at least 14 days before their arrival.

American travellers will need to produce proof of their complete vaccination, as well as a negative molecular COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their arrival into Canada (or the scheduled departure time of their flight to Canada).

They still need to fill out the ArriveCan app, be COVID-19 symptom-free and "present a suitable quarantine plan."

Unvaccinated children under 12 or otherwise dependent children can also enter Canada if they're accompanied by a "fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor" who meets entry requirements.

In a July press release, the Government of Canada warned that travelling Americans will be denied entry if they don't follow these rules. They could also "face additional fines."

Canada has tentative plans to open its border to vaccinated travellers from all other countries on September 7.