UPDATE: The U.S. government on Wednesday (July 21) extended the closure of land borders with both Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel through Aug. 21.
Canada announced on Monday (July 19) that it will start to ease pandemic restrictions at the U.S.-Canada border next month.
Beginning Aug. 9, Canada will allow U.S. citizens and permanent residents in the United States who are fully vaccinated with designated, Canadian-authorized vaccines to come into the country for nonessential travel without quarantining.
To enter Canada, fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will need to present a negative COVID-19 molecular test administered within 72 hours of their flight departure or arrival at the land border.
Americans must also upload proof of vaccination to a Canadian government app. They’ll have to show they have been fully vaccinated with an authorized coronavirus vaccine at least 14 days prior to their trip.
Canada also plans to open its borders to fully vaccinated travelers beyond the U.S. with Canadian-authorized vaccines starting on Sept. 7, so long as “Canada’s covid-19 epidemiology remains favorable.”
The United States has not commented on whether it will let Canadians into the country via the land border for nonessential travel.
According to current data, 70% of those living in Canada have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and around half are fully vaccinated. For the U.S., roughly 55% of people have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 48% are fully vaccinated.