Non-essential travel in Canada: The border opened to fully vaccinated Americans on August 9

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Fully vaccinated Americans and permanent residents of the United States who live with our neighbours to the south and want to enter Canada for non-essential travel will be able to do so as of August 9. Nationals of other countries will be able to do so as of September 7. Certain entry requirements to Canada will also be reduced. Québec City's Jean-Lesage International Airport, and four other Canadian airports, will also be able to resume hosting flights from abroad on August 9.

Travellers will be required to have received their two doses of vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada, and to meet the new requirements for this relaxation.

Visitors must have received vaccines approved by the Government of Canada, namely those manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), provide proof in English or French through the ArriveCAN app (on the web or on cell phone) and have this proof ready to be presented at the border upon request.

The requirement for molecular testing to be completed prior to arrival remains, and visitors will not be required to show symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival. However, there will no longer be a systematic test on arrival for fully vaccinated travellers. This step has been replaced by the screening, on arrival, of a certain proportion, which remains to be determined, of travellers who will be tested on the first day.

In addition, unvaccinated children under the age of 12 will no longer have to quarantine f