Canada to fully open its borders vaccinated American travelers next month, but travelers will notice a few differences compared to their pre-pandemic travel.
From COVID testing and vaccination requirements to accommodation prices, a number of things have changed in the north since non-essential border travel between the two countries was first halted in March 2020. Since then, only essential trade and travel has been allowed.
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Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents may enter Canada for non-essential travel beginning Aug. 9 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, even if the US continues to enforce strict travel restrictions on its borders.
Here are 10 things you need to know before traveling to Canada.
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Canada Border Crossing Requirements: Travelers Must Be Fully Vaccinated
American travelers who want to visit Canada by land, air or water must complete a COVID-19 vaccinationat least 14 days before entry. The Government of Canada accepts the Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccines.
Cruises are not allowed to enter Canadian waters yet, but the country’s ban on cruise ships with more than 100 passengers is end of November.
Everyone should get a negative COVID test
All travelers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, must be able to show evidence of a COVID-19 molecular test– as a PCR test – enter. Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to take a post-arrival test unless they are randomly selected to do so.
Bring COVID vaccine card, documentation
Travelers must show proof of COVID vaccination in English, French or with a sworn translation.
Airlines verify the vaccination status of passengers through the ArriveCAN App or website before passengers board their flight. Those driving across the border must also use ArriveCAN before departing. Information must be submitted within 72 hours of arrival.
Travelers are also advised to carry their vaccine documentation to show officials at border entrances and to keep their test results and a list of close contacts and locations visited on hand.
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Check for any COVID symptoms and be prepared for quarantine
Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to be quarantined on arrival, but visitors with Covid symptoms will have to isolate itself. All visitors must submit a quarantine plan.
Children, others who are exempt can enter Canada
Children under 12 and unvaccinated dependent children may enter the country with a fully vaccinated parent, stepparent, guardian or guardian who is eligible to enter Canada.
People with health conditions that prevent them from being fully vaccinated may also qualify for relaxed quarantine and testing requirements, but must follow an amended quarantine. More details will be announced in the coming days, according to the Canadian government.
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You may encounter other COVID travel restrictions
Travelers must follow a number of public health measures, including checking for signs of COVID-19 and keeping a copy of COVID vaccination documentation and test results 14 days after arrival.
Canadian government suggests wearing a mask in shared spaces, and certain provinces – including Quebec and Ontario – still enforce mask mandates.
Travelers entering by air must wear a mask at Canadian airports and on flights to and from the country, regardless of vaccination status.
some provinces still impose also other various COVID restrictions. Newfoundland and Labradorfor example, need a travel form to enter. Ontario has capacity limits for organized public events, retail spaces, museums, casinos, theaters, and more.
The countries national parks are open and welcoming visitors, but access to visitor facilities and services may be restricted.
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Airlines add more flights to Canada
Airlines are adding more flights to Canada to meet the expected increase in air travel demand.
Air Canada has announced a cross-border summer schedule starting August 9 with up to 220 daily flights between the US and Canada. “Conditions permitting,” the airline said.
United, which flies to Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, said Monday it would add additional flights to Toronto and Vancouver in September.
American Airlines flies to four airports in Canada — Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver — and will resume operations in Halifax, Quebec and Ottawa in the spring of 2022, according to a June statement.
Prices from flight search engine Skyscanner showed on Wednesday that airfares for August travel from the US to Canada start at $251 for Vancouver, $266 for Toronto and $300 for Calgary.
As of August 9, international passenger flights will be allowed to land at nine Canadian airports:
- Montreal Trudeau International Airport
- Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Calgary . International Airport
- Vancouver International Airport.
- Halifax Stanfield International Airport
- Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport
- Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport
- Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
- Edmonton International Airport
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Hotel room rates in Canada are low, but prices are rising
In May, the average daily room rate — or ADR — in all hotels in Canada was $113.40 in Canadian dollars(US$90.27), down 32% from 2019, according to hotel analytics firm STR.
Hotel room prices should bounce as border restrictions ease; STR expects ADR to reach $116.22between July and September, according to a June statement. The company expects smaller towns and resorts to lead the recovery.
“International demand is playing an incredibly important role in the recovery process, and we expect a jump in hotel recreation and business demand once the US-Canada land border reopens,” he said.read the press release.
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Majority of eligible Canadians have been vaccinated against COVID-19
Canada’s COVID vaccine rollout got off to a slower start, but the country has since surpassed US vaccination rates.
Nearly 70% of the Canadian population was at least partially vaccinated and nearly 44% fully vaccinated by July 10. 56% of the population was partially vaccinated and 49% were fully vaccinated from Tuesday.
Canada reported 712 confirmed new COVID cases in the past 24 hours as of Wednesday, according to the World Health Organisation, a fraction of the 34,678 new cases reported in the US
US extends border closure on Canada
The United States extensive border restrictions on non-essential travel Wednesday, with borders with Canada and Mexico closed until at least August 21. The access restrictions affect both land and ferry travel.
The move is intended to help the country reduce the spread of COVID-19, including the highly contagious delta variant.
International travelers planning to return to the US by air must be tested no more than 3 days before travel and show a negative test result or documentation of recovery to the airline before boarding, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Follow USA TODAY reporter Bailey Schulz on Twitter: @bailey_schulz.
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