U.S. citizens and permanent residents can travel again to Canada as soon as next month, so long as they're fully vaccinated.
The Canadian government will allow fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada for nonessential travel starting at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 9, a news release says.
This is good news for Minnesotans who've been itching to head north since March 2020 when the border closed, especially those who live on the Northwest Angle and have been cut off from the rest of the state — and country — for more than a year.
Non-essential travel has been banned since March 2020 and others headed to Canada had to observe a 14-day quarantine. This will be waived once travelers from the U.S. have received a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada, a news release says. That includes the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
Those from other countries who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter Canada on Sept. 7.
In addition to being fully vaccinated, travelers to Canada must also provide COVID-19-related information via ArriveCAN, including proof of vaccination prior to departing for Canada; meet the pre-entry testing requirements; be asymptomatic when they arrive; and have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French ready to show a government official upon request.
Travelers must also have a "suitable" quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine if they don't meet all the conditions quire to be exempt from having to quarantine, the release says.
For more details on traveling to Canada, visit here.