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Effective November 30th, fully vaccinated Canadians will be able to depart and re-enter the country within 72 hours and not have to present a pre-entry molecular test. 

On November 8th, the US opened its border to non-essential travel by air, land or passenger ferry.

In order to cross the border, Canadians are required to be fully-immunized with a COVID-19 vaccination approved by the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) and provide this proof of vaccination. 

In addition to proof of vaccination, re-entry back into Canada requires residents to provide a pre-entry molecular test. 

This is not required to enter the United States from Canada, only for residents returning back home.

Now, the Government of Canada has announced adjustments to their border measures. 

Fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals registered under the Indian Act, can depart and re-enter Canada within 72 hours and not be required to provide a test.

Travellers who depart and re-enter Canada by land or by air must demonstrate that they have been away from Canada for less than 72 hours. 

This exception extends to accompanying children under twelve and individuals with medical exemptions to the vaccine. 

On November 30th, Canada will also expand the list of COVID-19 vaccines that travellers can receive to be considered fully vaccinated. 

The US has already confirmed they will accept Canadian visitors with mixed vaccinations as fully vaccinated.

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