Kolkata, India: The government in Ottawa announced Monday that fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents will be permitted to cross the border into Canada for non-essential travel beginning August 9 without having to go through quarantine.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the US-Canadian land border, which is the world’s longest, has been blocked from non-essential travel since mid-March 2020.
From September 7, Canada will reopen its borders to all immunized foreign visitors.
The government has been under pressure from the struggling tourism industry to relax travel restrictions, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his administration did not want to endanger success on the home front in combating Covid-19.
Canada abolished quarantine rules for its own citizens and permanent residents who are properly vaccinated against Covid-19 and return from abroad earlier this month.
“On August 9, a number of important changes at the border will come into effect, to allow fully vaccinated United States citizens and permanent residents who are currently residing in the United States to enter Canada for non-essential purposes,” Canadian Health Minister Patty Hadju said.
Vaccinated Americans and permanent residents from the United States will be needed to have completed a full course of vaccine doses approved by Canadian authorities at least 14 days before to arrival, and they will be subject to “testing as required,” according to her ministry.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said Monday that the US government was “continuing to assess” its travel restrictions for the time being and would follow the advice of its own medical professionals.
Until now, Ottawa and Washington have agreed to renew the border shutdown on a monthly basis.