Canada to allow Americans to be fully vaccinated in August

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TORONTO (AP) – Canada announced on Monday it will start allowing Fully vaccinated US citizens arriving in Canada on August 9, and those from the rest of the world on September 7.

Officials said the 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived as of August 9 for eligible travelers who are currently residing in the United States and have received a full dose of the approved COVID-19 vaccine. in Canada.

Public Safety Secretary Bill Blair, who said he spoke with US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday, said the US had not indicated any plans to change existing restrictions. at the land border. Canadians can fly into the United States with a negative COVID-19 test.

Asked in Washington if the US would respond, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “We are continuing to review our travel restrictions. Any decision to resume travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts. … I would not consider it through an intention of reciprocity. “

Canadian officials also announced that unvaccinated children traveling with vaccinated parents will not be quarantined, but will have to avoid group activities.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra also said the ban on non-stop flights from India will be extended until August 21 because of delta variation. “The situation in India is still very serious,” he said.

FILE – On this March 16, 2020, file photo, vehicles enter the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel in Detroit bound for Canada. Canada’s Border Services Agency has rejected an innovative plan by Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens to require Ontario residents to line up inside a tunnel for a COVID-19 vaccine. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Trudeau last week said Canada could start allowing fully vaccinated Americans into the country by mid-August for non-essential travel and must be ready to welcome fully vaccinated travelers. from all countries at the beginning of September.

Canada leads the G20 nations in vaccination rates, with about 80% of eligible Canadians receiving the first dose of the vaccine and more than 50% of those eligible fully immunized.

In the early days of the pandemic, the US and Canadian governments closed their more than 5,500-mile (8,800 km) border to non-essential traffic. With vaccination rates increasing and infection rates falling, some people are upset that the two governments have not come up with a plan to fully open the border.

Canada began easing its restrictions earlier this month, allowing fully vaccinated Canadians or lawful permanent residents to return to Canada without quarantine. But among the requests is a negative test for the virus before returning, and another test when they return.

Pressure is growing on Canada to continue to ease border restrictions, effective March 2020. Providing travel waivers into Canada amid the politically sensitive pandemic and Trudeau is expected to call a federal election next month.

Canadian officials say they want 75% of eligible Canadian residents to be fully vaccinated before relaxing border restrictions on tourists and business travelers. The Canadian government is expected to have enough vaccine available for 80% of eligible Canadians to be fully immunized by the end of July. The US only allowed vaccine exports to Canada in early May.

Commercial traffic has been normal between the two countries since the pandemic began.

The American Travel Association estimates that each month the border is closed costs $1.5 billion. Canadian officials say Canada had about 22 million foreign visitors in 2019 – about 15 million of which were from the United States. | Canada to allow Americans to be fully vaccinated in August

Huynh Nguyen

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