The reopening of Canada's border — What you need to know

Welcome back to Canada!
Welcome back to Canada!

What you need to know about the reopening of Canada's border

The Canadian border has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020; we are looking forward to welcoming you back on the trails!

Last updated 07 September 2021* - Information is accurate at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice. Please verify the COVID-19: Entering Canada requirements checklist. 

New Measure For Fully Vaccinated International Travellers to Canada

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. EDT on September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be eligible to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) reasons, such as tourism; however, these individuals must: 

  • Be fully vaccinated: a traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).  
  • Have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or their arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests” are not accepted;  
  • Be asymptomatic;  
  • Submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan; 
  • Be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and, 
  • take a test on arrival, if selected. 

Starting August 9, Canada plans to allow entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada can for non-essential travel and without quarantine, as long as they*:

  • Reside in the U.S.
  • Are travelling from the U.S.
  • Are asymptomatic
  • Have a valid pre-arrival molecular test result taken within 72 hours  of your arrival at a land border or your scheduled air departure to Canada.
  • Submit your mandatory information via ArriveCAN, including proof of vaccination
  • Are admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

You also may be required to take a test on arrival.

*Sources: Public Health Agency of Canada & Canada Border Services Agency 

Returning to the U.S. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  requires all air passengers two years of age and over entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three (3) calendar days of departure​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.

See the CDC Proof of Negative Test Result page

 


Find your hiking or cycling adventure in Canada now!

 

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