It has been a week since Canada opened their borders to allow fully vaccinated American tourists into the country for non-essential travel.

As for Canadians that want to travel down south, the US border continues to remain closed to non-essential travelers until at least August 21, 2021, which is when their border closure extension expires.

MP Eric Melillo is frustrated with the lack of coherency between Canada and the United States regarding the US border remaining closed.

“I’ve been hoping that the government would negotiate with the US administration on a reciprocal agreement since we opened our side. It looks like the Liberals have other priorities. It will be a priority for the Conservative government to work with the American administration and ensure we’re working towards a coherent opening on both sides of the border,” said Melillo

On July 19, 2021, the Canadian government announced the easing of border restrictions allowing fully vaccinated American tourists into the country. Two days later the American government extended their border closure another month to August 21, 2021.

To be allowed access into Canada and avoid a 14-day quarantine, US travelers have to be fully vaccinated with an approved Health Canada COVID-19 vaccine 14 days prior to entry. Travelers also have to submit their proof of vaccination on the ArriveCAN app – 72 hours prior to entry.

Travelers will also have to show proof of a pre-arrival test. Unless exempt, all travellers five years of age or older entering Canada by air or land need to show proof of a:

  •    negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border crossing; or
  •    positive COVID-19 molecular test taken between 14 and 180 days before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border crossing.

The Canada/US land borders have been closed to non-essential travelers since March of 2021.