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Posted: 07/19/21 12:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No news from the USA but effective Aug.9 fully vaxed US citizens can enter Canada. So vehicle travel to Mexico has not changed. Good news for Americans wanting to drive to Alaska.

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It's a step in the right direction.

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International flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at five additional Canadian airports

July 19, 2021 | Ottawa | Public Health Agency of Canada

The Government of Canada is prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada by taking a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening our borders. Thanks to the hard work of Canadians, rising vaccination rates and declining COVID-19 cases, the Government of Canada is able to move forward with adjusted border measures.

On September 7, 2021, provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

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. This preliminary step allows for the Government of Canada to fully operationalize the adjusted border measures ahead of September 7, 2021, and recognizes the many close ties between Canadians and Americans.

Subject to limited exceptions, all travellers must use ArriveCAN (app or web portal) to submit their travel information. If they are eligible to enter Canada and meet specific criteria, fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada.

To further support these new measures, Transport Canada is expanding the scope of the existing Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that currently directs scheduled international commercial passenger flights into four Canadian Airports: Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport.

Effective August 9, 2021, international flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at the following five additional Canadian airports:

Halifax Stanfield International Airport;
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport;
Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport;
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport; and
Edmonton International Airport.
These airports, in cooperation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency and Transport Canada, are working to implement the measures necessary to safely welcome international passengers as soon as possible after August 9, as conditions dictate.

All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, will still require a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test result. However effective August 9, 2021, the Government of Canada is adjusting its post-arrival testing strategy for fully vaccinated travellers. Using a new border testing surveillance program at airports and land border crossings, fully vaccinated travellers will not need a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test. There are no changes to the mandatory testing requirements for unvaccinated travellers.

This strategy allows the Government of Canada to continue monitoring variants of concern in Canada and vaccine effectiveness. Using these layers of protection, the Government of Canada can monitor the COVID-19 situation in Canada, respond quickly to threats, and guide decisions on restricting international travel.

Finally, with the advent of increased vaccination rates in Canada, declining COVID-19 cases and reduced pressure on health care capacity, the three-night government authorized hotel stay requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air as of 12:01 A.M. EDT on August 9. Fully vaccinated travellers who meet the requirements will be exempt from quarantine; however, all travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements.

While Canada continues to trend in the right direction, the epidemiological situation and vaccination coverage is not the same around the world. The Government of Canada continues to advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada – international travel increases your risk of exposure to COVID-19 and its variants, as well as of spreading it to others. Border measures also remain subject to change as the epidemiological situation evolves. As Canada looks to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from the U.S., the federal government will continue to monitor the situation and provide updated travel advice to Canadians.

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Posted: 07/19/21 01:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good news!





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Definitely, but as of today, more states in Mexico came out of the green light and went back to yellow.

Here in Guerrero the 30 to 39 year olds start vaccinating today. It may be nation wide, I don't know. That means that in theory, every one 30 or over, educators, medical people and pregnant women have had the ability to be vaccinated.

Whatever it takes.

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moisheh wrote:

No news from the USA but effective Aug.9 fully vaxed US citizens can enter Canada. So vehicle travel to Mexico has not changed. Good news for Americans wanting to drive to Alaska.

Americans wanting to drive to Alaska have been allowed to do so during all this time. They were required to take most direct route but enforcement was sporadic, only occasionally somebody was fined.

It is possible that the USA are delaying the decision because of the difference in approved vaccines - Astrazeneca isn't approved in the USA, while many Canadians got at least 1 dose of it.

Can't think of any other logical explanation. Daily cases per capita in the USA are higher than in Canada, this is to be expected after 1.5 year of lax restrictions. Vaccination rate in the USA is lower - the number of fully vaccinated in both countries is roughly the same but the number of those who got 1 dose is much higher in Canada.

And - yes, cases in Mexico are on the rise. It's dropping or staying the same in some areas but nation-wide it's rising. CDMX only a few days ago allowed vaccinations of 30-40 years old, 29 and younger are not eligible yet. Most new cases there are unvaccinated young people.

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Posted: 07/19/21 05:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Canadians will be disappointed even when the US border opens. Cross border shopping would be a hassle. You would be able to enter the US with a rapid test
But you cannot return to Canada without the full meal deal. The only concession is a post entry test will be applied randomly. I think the whole border changes are a Liberal mess that was done without thinking.

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Posted: 07/19/21 05:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any news about vaccinated Mexicans and land border crossing to the U.S.?

We found out this week that the Sinovac vaccine is one of the least effective and we will need a booster. Some rumors, I haven't confirmed, say there will be a list of accepted vaccinations in the near future that will be allowed to cross into the U.S. by land. Sinovac may not be one of them.


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https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

The only travelers to the US that are required to show a negative Covid test, or proof of vaccination are those that are flying in.

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qtla9111 wrote:

Any news about vaccinated Mexicans and land border crossing to the U.S.?

Same as for Canadians, no plans to lift entry restrictions yet.

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moisheh wrote:

Canadians will be disappointed even when the US border opens. Cross border shopping would be a hassle. You would be able to enter the US with a rapid test
But you cannot return to Canada without the full meal deal.

I can't figure out this either. There is a town near me, - Point Roberts WA. It's located on a tiny peninsula in BC Canada, a completely isolated pocket of the US territory that has land border with Canada only. I used to go there to pick up parcels from Amazon.com and other US retailers, better choice and prices than Amazon.ca, free shipping, private post office is charging a small fee, always a line of Canadians there. I usually spend less than 30 minutes in this "pocket America". They probably don't have a testing facility, and if Canada will accept Canadian PCR test done before the trip, $200 cost would render the whole thing useless anyway.

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