August 5. Canada will reopen to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens starting Aug. 9, and vaccinated travelers from other foreign countries can start visiting Canada once again beginning Sept. 7.
But travelers might be faced with delays, as Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) employees plan to strike at border crossings and airports. The unions representing Canada’s border agents say they intend to strike starting Aug. 6, as a result of pay issues and what they called a “toxic workplace culture.”
If the strike goes forward, it will put a damper on Canada’s reopening plans. The country is opening for foreign travelers for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Reopening Canada for travel will be a two-step process.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been fully vaccinated (14 days past the final dose) will be allowed to enter the country for nonessential travel purposes beginning Aug. 9. These travelers, whether driving across the border or flying, will still have to take a test within 72 hours of departure and test on arrival. Canada also said that it intends to open its borders to citizens of other countries as of Sept. 7, if things don’t deteriorate.
Canada says it will be open to any fully vaccinated traveler with an approved vaccine that meets specific entry requirements if the “domestic epidemiologic situation remains favorable.” That means if cases remain stable, vaccinated travelers from other countries should be welcome beginning in September.
Source: The Points Guy