Canada Association of Tourism Employees

U.S. Journey Applauds Reopening of Canada Border

The Canadian government announced today that it will reopen its border with the United States on September 7, 2021 as long as the COVID-19 situation remains favorable.

  1. The border opening applies to fully vaccinated travelers who have completed the full vaccination.
  2. The vaccination must have been carried out with a government-approved vaccine.
  3. The vaccine must have been given at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and meet certain entry requirements.

Tori Emerson Barnes, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy for the US Travel Association, made the following statement on the announcement that Canada will begin allowing vaccinated visitors for non-essential travel:

“Canada is doing this right and we welcome the release of a timetable that will allow vaccinated Americans to visit and cross the land border after many long months. Travel is a central part of the economy and job creation, and today’s announcement will encourage a recovery from both in Canada. While we have stated that vaccines should not be a requirement for travel, we strongly encourage all Americans to get a vaccine, and we commend Canada for initiating this process to restore border traffic.

“We call on the Biden government to reciprocate by setting a date and schedule to welcome Canadian visitors to the US land borders. Overland travel accounted for more than half of all Canadians’ overnight stays in the US prior to the pandemic, so given the high vaccination rates in Canada, this move will help the US begin a safe rebuilding of its # 1 source market for international visitors .

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