Canada will allow fully vaccinated Americans to enter the nation in just three weeks, authorities said Monday.
U.S. citizens who have been vaccinated at least 14 days prior and meet other entry requirements may cross America’s northern border starting at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 9, the Public Health Agency of Canada said.
Travelers will need to have had a full series of a vaccine that is accepted by the Canadian government, which are currently the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson shots.
“With the advent of increased vaccination rates in Canada, declining Covid-19 cases and reduced pressure on healthcare capacity, the government intends to bring a number of changes into effect provided that Canada’s Covid-19 epidemiology remains favourable,” the health agency said.
U.S. children under 12 who are not vaccinated may also enter as long as they’re accompanied by a “fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor,” the health department said.
Travelers from the rest of the world will also be eligible to enter Canada starting on Sept. 7, “provided that Canada’s Covid-19 epidemiology remains favourable,” according to the health agency statement.
However, the statement warned that borders could close again, at any moment, if conditions take a turn for the worst.
“Border measures also remain subject to change as the epidemiological situation evolves,” the health agency said. “As Canada begins to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from the U.S., the Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation and provide updated travel advice for Canadians.”
Canada closed its borders in March last year, as the world desperately fought the spread of Covid-19.
Reopening Canada to the world has been in the works for weeks now.
Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays, who haven’t been in Ontario since September 2019, will finally be allowed to play at their Roger Centre home on July 30, the government announced last week.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, whose native Minnesota shares a 547-mile border with Canada, said Monday she’s happy for all the friends, family and co-workers who have been separated for all this time.
“And for those who haven’t yet gotten vaccine, here’s reason no. 99 for getting one,” she said in a statement.
And Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay told Americans to get their shots and head north to enjoy poutine, rye whiskey and curling.
“You know you are wishing to!” he tweeted.
Maya Brown contributed.