Starting August 9th, Canada will begin to welcome fully-vaccinated travellers from the USA.

The move will enable fully-vaccinated travellers originating from the USA to enter Canada for non-essential travel, removing the mandatory quarantine hotel requirements.

Foreign travellers entering Canada will need to present proof of vaccination in either English or French with one of the vaccines authorized for use in Canada — either the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca products, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 days before arriving.

Children under the age of 12 or who are not yet eligible for vaccination in the USA will have to travel with a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, tutor or guardian who is eligible to enter Canada.

Travellers must use the government’s ArriveCAN portal to submit their information, as well as get a COVID-19 test result before arriving.

If they meet the government’s criteria, they will not have to be quarantined upon arrival in Canada.

Last week, BC Premier, John Horgan, said the province will be ready for the August border reopening.

The government said it then plans to open Canada’s borders to fully vaccinated travellers from all other countries on September 7th.

The US government has yet to put a statement out regarding health requirements for Canadian travellers going to the USA and when they will welcome travellers.

Both Canada and the USA agreed to restrict non-essential travel between the countries since March 2020.

Air Travel

After the government announcement, Air Canada announced its current summer transborder schedule including 55 routes and 34 destinations in the US, with up to 220 daily flights between the US and Canada.

Air Canada has developed a digital solution which will enable customers to fly from the US to Canada, and select European destinations, more conveniently and securely.

Via the Air Canada App, travellers can upload their COVID-19 test results to validate compliance with government travel requirements prior to arriving at the airport.

Find the latest government entry requirements via IATA’s Timatic website.

Flights to and from Victoria have yet to be announced, but international flights to Vancouver will be as follows:

(Air Canada)

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