The border between Canada and the United States will shortly reopen to fully immunised Americans.

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Beginning next month, US citizens who are properly vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed entry into Canada for non-essential travel, according to Canadian health officials.

Beginning Aug. 9, Americans who have completed regimens of approved vaccines can enter the country for discretionary travel if they can provide proof of vaccination and meet several other criteria, the Public Health Agency of Canada said in an official update.

If the new rules are implemented as scheduled, non-essential travel between the United States and Canada would be allowed to resume for the first time since the earliest stages of the pandemic in March 2020.

If accompanied by a qualified parent or adult guardian, unvaccinated American children under the age of 12 will be allowed entrance after Aug. 9.

Beginning Sept. 7, the government plans to open its borders even farther, allowing fully vaccinated tourists from any country to enter Canada as long as they can show they were immunised at least 14 days prior to entrance.

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Officials stressed that both initiatives are contingent on the “domestic epidemiologic situation” continuing good.

“Canadians’ safety and security always come first,” Canadian Health Minister Patty Hajdu said in a statement. “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.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters his government has been in “close communication” with the U.S. administration about the move.

“I can tell you that as we made decisions around reopening to the world in early September and to American travelers a few weeks before that we kept the American government fully apprised of exactly those issues,” he said.

“Every country makes its own decisions regarding its own boundaries,” Trudeau stated.

Starting Aug. 9, international guests will no longer be required to quarantine for three nights at a government-approved hotel.

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At first, international passenger planes will be permitted to land at airports in Halifax, Québec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Edmonton.

 

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