According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office, the Canada-US border could open to fully vaccinated travellers in mid-August, and to all other countries in early September.
The prime minister met with provincial leaders and the minister of intergovernmental relations on July 15 to discuss a variety of issues. The immunisation rates in Canada and the border were two of them.
According to a statement from Trudeau’s office, if current vaccination rates and public health circumstances persist, Canada will be able to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from all nations by early September.
Citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are fully vaccinated may be permitted to travel as early as mid-August. Canada and the United States have been in talks about restoring the common land border, which has been closed since March 2020.
I spoke with @DLeBlancNB and the premiers this evening. We focused on COVID-19 and how we can keep people safe as we adjust border measures. We also touched on other topics – including reconciliation, child care, and wildfires. More on our 33rd call: https://t.co/NYDpZ27nqR
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 16, 2021
Around 80% of Canadians have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine, and more than half have received all three doses. Before further steps could be rolled back, the Trudeau government claimed that 75 percent of Canadians would need to be completely vaccinated.
The progressive reopening of Canada’s border began on July 5, when fully vaccinated Canadians and other exempt travellers were allowed to skip the necessary 14-day quarantine. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, family members, new immigrants, workers, and international students are all exempt.
Non-essential travellers, on the other hand, are still denied entrance. Business leaders in hard-hit industries, including as tourism, have been putting pressure on the government to come up with a strategy to restore the border safely.
More information on border reopening measures would be published “early next week,” according to the briefing. The existing border restrictions in Canada are in effect until July 21. By then, the government will have to make a decision on any new policies.