Fully vaccinated U.S. tourists may visit Canada as early as August 9, according to an unnamed federal government official who speaks to reporters from CBC News and other businesses today.
Although no official announcement has been made to the Canada Border Services Agency at the time of writing, The Washington Post also reported that U.S. citizens and residents are eligible for entry from August pending a negative test and evidence of vaccination.
This change in rules means that visitors do not have to quarantine the 14-day mandatory requirement when entering Canada or stay at the controversial government quarantine hotels.
Children under the age of 12 who have so far not been eligible for vaccination in either Canada or the United States are also considered quarantined as long as they follow public health measures, according to CBC News. “The key here is that parents or travelers coming to Canada need to understand what the requirements are and plan accordingly,” the official told CBC News. “It is possible that they participate in tourist sites or activities – as long as things are outdoors, I think the risk is limited.”
Children will still need COVID-19 molecular testing on days one and eight of their stay and must avoid group settings, camps and day care, according to The Toronto Star.
Permission has not yet been given by U.S. border officials or the White House as of Monday. President Joe Biden told the Associated Press that a message was coming soon. Biden said on Thursday that a team advising him on the pandemic brought up the subject. It is in the process of (considering) how quickly we can lift the ban … and I will be able to answer that question for you within the next few days, ”The Associated Press reported.
Non-essential travel between Canada and the United States has been banned since March 2020.
The lifting restrictions could also give visitors from other countries access to Canada from 7 September. These restrictions and others depend on “if our current positive path to vaccination rates and public health conditions continues,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on July 15.
From 9 August, international flights with passengers will once again have the opportunity to land at the following airports: Halifax Stanfield International Airport; Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport; Ottawa Macdonald – Cartier International Airport; Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport; and Edmonton International Airport, ”according to CBC News.
Canadian borders remain closed to those not fully vaccinated, CNN reports.