By: Thomas I. Likness
EBC News Service
(Eagle News) — Border restrictions are being eased to allow fully vaccinated Americans to enter Canada for non-essential reasons, the Canadian government said Monday.
Beginning August 9, American who have been fully immunized with vaccines approved by Health Canada will be allowed to cross the border.
They must also present a negative Covid-19 test with 72 hours of their departure as well as provide proof they have received a complete series of vaccines at least 14 days before arrival
As well, fully vaccinated travelers from other countries will be allowed in beginning September 7th.
All travelers will have to upload proof of vaccination through the ArriveCan app.
“The Government of Canada recognizes that people have been anxiously awaiting a reopening of the border to the world,” said Public Safety Minister Bill Blair. “We have been fully engaged with our American counterparts given the deep economic and family ties between our two countries. “
“Today’s announcement is another big step in our approach to easing border measures which is guided by facts, scientific evidence and the advice of our public health experts,” he added.
The border has been closed to non-essential traffic since March 21, 2020.
The Canadian government has been pressured by business groups on both sides of the border, as well as U.S. politicians to allow recreation travelers to cross.
(Eagle News Service)