Fully vaccinated US citizens can visit Canada without restrictions beginning Monday, Aug. 9, a big step toward a return to normal along the world’s longest land border.
“Thanks to the rising vaccination rates and declining COVID-19 cases, we are able to move forward with adjusted border measures,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, adding that reopening to American travelers first was a “recognition of our unique bond, especially between border communities.”
The US-Canada frontier has been shut to non-essential travel, including tourism, since March of 2020. Those who traveled to Canada had been required to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Last month, Trudeau lifted the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, who said he spoke with US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday, stated Monday that Washington has not yet told him of any plan to reciprocate and lift restrictions on travel from Canada.