Vaccinated Americans Allowed Into Canada Starting in August, a Month Ahead Other Countries

Vaccinated Americans will be allowed into Canada beginning Aug. 9—a month before the country will open its borders up to the rest of the world.

The 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents hoping to travel into the country nearly 18 months after Canada initially closed its borders due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Other foreign travelers will be able to enter Canada beginning Sept. 7 "provided Canada's COVID-19 epidemiology remains favorable," according to Canadian officials.

Children under 12 who are accompanied by fully vaccinated family members will also be exempt from quarantining as long as they wear a mask in public places and avoid indoor group settings.

This is the first time Canada has begun lifting its restrictions on non-essential travel since March 2020.

Fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents have been able to skip the two-week quarantine since earlier this month after the federal government began recognizing proof of vaccination on July 5.

All travelers will still be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result and proof of vaccination prior to arrival, but post-travel results will no longer be mandated.

Canada Border Services Agency officials will continue subjecting random travelers to mandatory molecular tests upon arrival, so travelers will still need to have a quarantine plan in case officials find they do not meet the necessary requirements.

As of Aug. 9, airports in Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Edmonton and Winnipeg will also be added to the list of cities where international flights are permitted to land. Travel Canada has only been allowing foreign travelers to fly into four airports in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

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Canada will be allowing fully vaccinated Americans to enter the country for "non-essential travel" and bypass the previously-required 14-day quarantine beginning Aug. 9. An Air Canada Airbus A320 prepares to take off from San Francisco International Airport to Toronto on June 30, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty

The decision to open the border to Americans comes after months of criticisms from U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who have said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's slow approach to lifting restrictions has split up families and hurt the tourism sector.

Trudeau had insisted the border would remain under tight restrictions until at least 75 percent of Canada's population had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Currently, 70 percent of people in Canada have received their first shot and roughly half are fully vaccinated.

While Canadian regulators have greenlighted all the vaccines authorized for use in the U.S.—Pfizer, Moderna and Jonson and Johnson—as well as Oxford's AstraZeneca, vaccines made in Russia and China have not been approved, meaning that travelers who have received those vaccines will remain ineligible to visit Canada.