As of that date, American citizens and permanent residents living in the U.S. who have had the "full series of a vaccine" for at least 14 days will be able to enter the country for non-essential travel.
The new rule will only apply to travellers who have had a vaccine that has been approved by the Government of Canada: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
These travellers will have to have a copy of their vaccination documentation to enter Canada.
According to information shared with Narcity and MTL Blog, they'll also still have to fill out the ArriveCan app, "meet the pre-entry testing requirements" and submit a quarantine plan in case of a situation in which they don't "meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine."
In addition, Canada is opening up five additional international airports to flights carrying international passengers:
Halifax Stanfield International Airport;
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport;
Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport;
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport;
and Edmonton International Airport.
This change, along with the elimination of the hotel quarantine for travellers arriving by air, will also take effect on August 9.
Keep in mind that despite the rule changes, "the Government of Canada continues to advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada — international travel increases your risk of exposure to COVID-19 and its variants, as well as of spreading it to others," according to the news release.
On September 7, the government plans to allow non-essential travel from any country so long as travellers have been fully vaccinated.
Everyone in Canada using planes or VIA Rail will soon need to be fully vaccinated in order to travel within the country.
"Effective October 30, air passengers departing from Canadian airports, travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, and travellers on non-essential passenger vessels on voyages of 24 hours or more, such as cruise ships, will need to be vaccinated," the government said in a press release.
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All workers in federally regulated travel industries will also need to be fully vaccinated in order to work.
The vaccination requirement will only apply to people 12 years old or older.
For unvaccinated travellers, there will be a short transition period during which "they will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours" of departure. The transition period will last until November 30.
After that date, you must be vaccinated in order to travel on a plane or train within Canada.
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The agency said the travellers — who arrived in Toronto during the week of July 18 — "[provided] false information related to proof of vaccination credentials and pre-departure tests," and also refused to comply with Canada's mandatory government-approved hotel quarantine and on-arrival testing.
Travellers who violate the quarantining instructions provided by a quarantine officer when entering Canada could rack up a $5,000 fine for each day they don't comply, or for each offence committed, according to PHAC. Breaking rules could also result in more serious penalties, like six months in prison or $750,000 in fines.
Fully vaccinated travellers who want to be to be considered for Canada's loosened quarantine and COVID-19 testing rules have to submit electronic proof of vaccination to ArriveCAN, Canada's online documentation service, prior to arriving at their destination.
Canada's eased travel measures for double-dosed travellers who are permitted to enter Canada came into effect on July 5.
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As of August 9, 2021, Canada will allow American citizens and permanent residents who live in the U.S. and "have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days" across the border for non-essential travel.
Travellers arriving by air will also no longer have to undergo a mandatory three-day hotel quarantine.
The government noted that "all travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements."
Americans must have had one of the four government-approved vaccines against COVID-19 — Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Astra-Zeneca/COVIDSHIELD, or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) — and provide proof that they've had all the required doses.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents will still need to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test regardless of their vaccination status, however.
According to the Government of Canada, all U.S. travellers must register their travel and health information on the ArriveCAN app, as well.
What if I'm travelling from another country?
Along with the plans to welcome back American travellers, Canada has announced preliminary plans to reopen its borders to any fully-vaccinated international travellers.
The tentative date is September 7, 2021 "provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable," according to the government.
Like the Americans, international travellers must "have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada." Travellers must also have proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
They'll also need to "provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN, including proof of vaccination prior to arrival in Canada; meet the pre-entry testing requirements; be asymptomatic upon arrival, and have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French (or certified translation) ready to show a government official on request as evidence."
What if I'm not fully vaccinated?
In a press release shared with MTL Blog and Narcity, the government states that "travellers who do not meet all the required eligibility requirements for discretionary (non-essential) travel will be denied entry into Canada."
Otherwise, Canada will "continue to require unvaccinated travellers to undergo Day 1 and Day 8 COVID-19 molecular tests and complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine, subject to limited exceptions."
Unvaccinated children under 12 years old travelling with fully vaccinated adults won't need to quarantine but must adhere to strict health measures, including "Day 1 and Day 8 testing requirements."
The government noted that "individuals who cannot be fully vaccinated due to a health condition for which vaccination is contraindicated according to the vaccine's label may also qualify for the eased quarantine and testing requirements."
In a summary of a call between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and provincial premiers, the prime minister's office stated that the government is engaging in "discussions with the United States on reopening plans" and that "we could expect to start allowing fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents into Canada as of mid-August for non-essential travel."
The announcement echoed a sentiment shared earlier by Quebec Premier François Legault who suggested Thursday that the federal government allow Americans to enter Canada before citizens of other countries, according to reports.
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"If our current positive path of vaccination rate and public health conditions continue," the summary continued, "Canada would be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from all countries by early September."
About 80% of eligible Canadians have a first vaccine dose and 50% have a second dose, according to the statement.
Finally, the Canadian government is also discussing "the importance of working collaboratively on a proof of vaccination credential."