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It’s been a long time coming. Depending who you ask, maybe too long! But now, there’s officially light at the end of the cross border tunnel, as Canada plans to open its doors to fully vaccinated American visitors in August. In September, more travelers the world over will be welcomed to join.

Here’s the full story on Canada’s reopening plans, how you can join, and safe bets for planning future travel. After more than a year stuck on the outside, places like Banff, Whistler, the Okanagan and Canada’s endless list of swoon worthy cities will be in high demand.

Canada Reopening Travel

Canada is reopening its borders to non citizens and residents, but only if you’re vaccinated. America’s neighbors to the North will welcome fully vaccinated Americans and permanent residents on August 9th, provided things don’t go pear shaped before then. Canada is rapidly increasing its vaccination rates, which is very positive.

For everyone else, Canada says to start planning trips from September 7th onward.

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On September 7th, Canada will welcome fully vaccinated people from all over the globe. A person is considered fully vaccinated and eligible for non-essential travel at least two weeks after receiving their final dose(s) of the: AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, Janssen (J& J), Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.

Canada will drop its current quarantine regime on August 7th, in line with the grand opening to US visitors, but pre-departure testing will still be required before heading into Canada. Officials say travelers may be selected at random for covid-19 testing on arrival.

Planning A Trip To Canada

Americans may be out of practice after a year off, so it’s good to remember that any visitors from the US (and many other countries) will need an eTA, which costs $7 CAD, before they’ll be allowed to enter. Much like the United States ESTA program, these electronic travel authorizations typically take under 30 minutes to be approved.

Canadian cities from Quebec to Vancouver are always worth the trip, but its the boundless nature that makes Canada such an ideal autumn destination. With fewer people traveling this year, it’s an incredible time to venture into Banff National Park or take an extended road trip.

Add Canada To The List

It’s genuinely exciting to see more countries, particularly ones which have been extremely cautious, making plans to reopen. Loved ones have been disconnected, lives put on hold, and now the world is slowly, but surely, making its way back to “normal”.

Americans can visit starting August 9th, and everyone else can from September 7th. As yet another country commits dates to opening leisure and business travel, it might be about time to start planning a trip to go check one out.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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