Canada opens to US again Aug. 9: What you need to know to cross

But don’t just go driving up to the border on that day and expect to get in.

Canada has imposed a stringent list of requirements, beyond vaccination, for anyone who wants to head north of the border, including a negative COVID-19 test result before you leave home.

The Public Health Agency of Canada offered specific requirements for border crossing and, as usual, the devil is in the details:

When does Canada ‘open’ for vaccinated travelers?

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Starting on Aug. 9 at 11:01 a.m. EDT residents of the United States who have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days will be permitted to enter Canada for discretionary travel. Entry to Canada will continue to be prohibited for U.S. travelers who are not fully vaccinated. Travelers also must be asymptomatic of any COVID-19 symptoms.

What vaccines are acceptable in Canada?

Those who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccines will be allowed to enter Canada.

Documentation: Vaccine card AND app or online registration

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