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Canada to open border for vaccinated Americans starting Aug. 9

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The Canadian government announced Monday that it will start allowing fully vaccinated Americans and permanent U.S. residents to enter the country for nonessential travel next month. 

“As a first step, starting August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel,” the Canadian government said in a statement on Monday. 

The announcement comes ahead of Sept. 7, when the government said it plans on opening Canada’s borders to all fully vaccinated travelers, if the “domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable.” 

The government said the “preliminary step” of allowing fully inoculated Americans to enter Canada next month allows the country to “fully operationalize the adjusted border measures” ahead of the September reopening date.

 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeauteased the news in a readout of a call with Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers on Thursday, which said that Trudeau “noted the ongoing discussions with the United States on reopening plans, and indicated that we could expect to start allowing fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents into Canada as of mid-August for non-essential travel.” 

The announcement comes after Canada’s public safety minister announced last month that the travel restrictions across the U.S.-Canadian border would be extended until at least July 21.

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