Starting August 9, Canada plans to open its borders to vaccinated Americans after the country stopped allowing unnecessary travel March 2020 (through Washington Post). By Statement by the Government of Canada, new travel rules apply to U.S. citizens and permanent residents currently living in the country who have been fully vaccinated one of the approved COVID-19 vaccinesas well as unvaccinated children traveling with a vaccinated guardian.
The announcement says the change will only happen if conditions in the country remain good – meaning that if Canada sees a peak in situations between now and 9 August, the reopening of the border could be reconsidered.
It is also clear that while non-essential travel is allowed, it is not as easy as appearing at the border or airport with your vaccine card and passport. According to the Canadian Public Health Agency, passengers must complete the questionnaire using the ArriveCAN application and have an “appropriate quarantine plan” that they are prepared to complete if they do not meet the requirements for a quarantine exemption. Postal goes to more specific requirements and criteria as well as other policy changes to be made.
For Americans who have forgotten to visit their northern neighbors, it seems that travel may soon be another opportunity for those who have been fucked. But while preparation and planning were a very good idea for international travel before the pandemic, additional requirements and submission of documents make it essential for those who do not want to turn away at the border.