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Canadian border set to open to fully vaccinated Americans on Monday

By: - August 8, 2021 11:35 am

Cropped hand wearing a nitrile glove holding a Covid-19 vaccine vial and a syringe. (Photo by Getty Images.)

Canada is opening its border to fully vaccinated Americans on Monday, but getting in will be more complex than just showing up to a crossing station.

The border officially opens up at 12:01 a.m. EDT Monday, and all travelers must download the app ArriveCan to submit their travel information. If you’re fully vaccinated for at least 14 days prior to arrival, you will not have to quarantine. Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers must take a COVID-19 test. All travelers must also be ready to quarantine and be able to submit a quarantine plan in case they do not meet the requirements for entering, according to a press release announcing the opening of the border.

To find out if you are eligible to enter Canada, take the eligibility test here.

The move to open the border to Americans comes as the Biden Administration extended restrictions on Canadians entering the U.S. until at least August 21.

Travelers who meet all the requirements could still face long lines as two labor unions, the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Customs and Immigration Union, told the Canadian government on Tuesday that they plan to strike, according to USA Today. According to the article, “nearly 9,000 Canada Border Services Agency employees are set to begin strikes Friday at 6 a.m. EDT.”

“This preliminary step allows for the Government of Canada to fully operationalize the adjusted border measures ahead of September 7, 2021, and recognizes the many close ties between Canadians and Americans,” the press release read.

In Canada, 71 percent of the eligible population has received one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and nearly 60 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated, according to the Canadian health department. If those numbers continue to trend in the right direction, Canada will open its border fully to any fully vaccinated travelers who have “completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements” on September 7, according to the release.

“Canadians’ safety and security always come first. With rising vaccination rates and fewer cases in Canada, we can begin to safely ease border measures. A gradual approach to reopening will allow our health authorities to monitor the COVID-19 situation here and abroad. Canadians have worked hard and sacrificed for each other, and because of that work, we can take these next steps safely,” said Canada’s Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu.

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Keith Schubert
Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert is a reporter for the Daily Montanan. Keith was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019. He has worked at the St.Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and most recently, the Asbury Park Press, covering everything from local craft fairs to crime and courts to municipal government to the Minnesota state legislature. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams and exploring small businesses. He can be reached by text or call at 406-475-2954 .