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Canada to open border to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens on Aug. 9

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Requires a Covid antigen test within 72 hours of arrival. While I would like to travel to Vancouver again, we'll keep watching and waiting for a lot longer. The article doesn't say, but I suppose a negative Covid test would be required to re-enter the US.

No decision on whether US would allow Canadians to enter US for non-essential travel.
 

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Requires a Covid antigen test within 72 hours of arrival. While I would like to travel to Vancouver again, we'll keep watching and waiting for a lot longer. The article doesn't say, but I suppose a negative Covid test would be required to re-enter the US.

No decision on whether US would allow Canadians to enter US for non-essential travel.
I can't read the specific article since it is behind a paywall. Just to clarify, for fully-vaccinated Americans to enter they must have had a negative result from an acceptable non-antigen (e.g. PCR) Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival at the border. Prior to arrival the test results and your proof of vaccination will need to be entered onto the ArriveCAN app on your smart phone or on the website.

The second Covid-19 test after arrival has been eliminated for fully-vaccinated travellers, along with the compulsory 14-day quarantine, including for returning Canadians. You must have finished your vaccine regimen at least 14 days prior to arrival. Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 may enter if accompanied by a fully-vaccinated parent or guardian.

We are still awaiting word from the White House as to when Canadians will be able to cross into the USA via the land border. Canadians have been able to fly into the US throughout the pandemic, whether for essential or discretionary travel.

The number of authorized airports for cross-border flights will also be increased from the current four (Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver) to nine (adding Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton). This is still way less than pre-pandemic, but it's a start. Unless something changes, the plan is to also allow other, fully-vaccinated, international travellers to enter Canada under similar conditions as of September 7th.
 
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The next issue will be whether fully vaccinated Canadians with mixed doses will be turned away trying to cross the border.
That will be interesting! I dont see how the US could refuse either mixed doses or fully vax'd with AstraZeneca since so much of Europe and other countries have that. I would not blame them for refusing those with some of the vaccines from China, Cuba or other obscure places.


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That will be interesting! I dont see how the US could refuse either mixed doses or fully vax'd with AstraZeneca since so much of Europe and other countries have that. I would not blame them for refusing those with some of the vaccines from China, Cuba or other obscure places.


~Diane
Mixed doses would be a problem. Some cruise lines don't accept passengers vaccinated with mixed doses because USA doesn't recognise it as per this article
 

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Open boarder? Smoke and mirrors. Testing is required before entry at up to $200.00 per person. Family of 5 that could be $1000.00 for a family visit. So all of those merchants cheering...wait until they figure out that the day trippers, short stay travelers are not coming any time soon in any significant numbers.
 

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Open boarder? Smoke and mirrors. Testing is required before entry at up to $200.00 per person. Family of 5 that could be $1000.00 for a family visit. So all of those merchants cheering...wait until they figure out that the day trippers, short stay travelers are not coming any time soon in any significant numbers.
PCR testing to enter Canada is a lot less than $200. per person if one investigates. I know most Walgreens will do one for free to any Canadian that can prove they own property in the USA and many folks on a Snowbirding fb group I belong to say they got a free one from them just by showing up with no proof of ownership. A quick Google search will show many American labs and hospitals that only charge around $100. for a PCR or NAAT test for folks who cant find a Walgreens. Of course if results are needed within minutes rather than 24-48hrs the cost will be higher. Still a significant added expense for day (or even weekend) trippers.


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Ok , just read an article in which US has extended ban on non essential land border crossings at least a month more to Aug 21.
 

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Ok , just read an article in which US has extended ban on non essential land border crossings at least a month more to Aug 21.
Yup. Various US state governments and members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have been raking us over the coals to get the border open. So we do it effective August 9th, but the White House decides not to open the land border in the other direction until at least August 21st, and seemingly not a peep from Schumer or any of the others! :shrug: :wall:
 
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Plus we may have an issue with the CBSA negotiating their contract. Even though they may be considered an ‘essential service’, there may be fewer people at the border creating long wait lines. If that happens Canada should not open our border until this is resolved.
 

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Yup. Various US state governments and members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have been raking us over the coals to get the border open. So we do effective August 9th, but the White House decides not to open the land border in the other direction until at least August 21st, and seemingly not a peep from Schumer or any of the others! :shrug: :wall:
 

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Plus we may have an issue with the CBSA negotiating their contract. Even though they may be considered an ‘essential service’, there may be fewer people at the border creating long wait lines. If that happens Canada should not open our border until this is resolved.
yeah -
but the CBSA contract expired in 2018 / based on the pace of negotiations - the border could reopen in + 2024

[ and then their TV program on Global will be in maskless reruns forever]
 
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I have a feeling these border restrictions and covid lock downs will continue because many people are not vaccinated yet. We hope that the Canada / USA border opens with out restriction but I'm thinking it won't happen anytime soon.

I wonder how many Canadians plan to stay home this winter instead of heading south ? Last year there were very few Canadians down south.

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The southern border is open if people want to change their travel plans. May have to walk, though.
 

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Unless your on a boat from Cuba, then not open for you. Sorry. :-(
 

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I wonder how many Canadians plan to stay home this winter instead of heading south ? Last year there were very few Canadians down south.
Judging by the folks on the various Snowbird Facebook groups I belong to, a good number, but nowhere near normal, went south last winter and are continuing to do so. It is different for folks who rent a place down there, but people with homes need to get down to do regular maintenance and check on things. There were so many companies shipping cars and RVs across the border then taking the owners by small plane or helicopter. Of course there was no problem with those folks to drive home this spring. Many are saying they will be going back south this winter come hell or high water and are making shipping plans now with the option of cancelling if the border opens for driving across.

We did our usual winter in Belize (as did 2 other Canadian & 4 American couples we know) but flew down and back so there were no alternate arrangements needed and we have our flights booked for this winter as well. We also have last years 3 weeks of timeshare stays booked in Florida starting Oct. 23rd and if we can not drive we will also fly south, even if its just across the border and have our car and stuff shipped so we can drive the rest of the way. The cost of shipping the car to Buffalo is less than 3 weeks of car rental in Florida. Then we still have all of this years time/points to use up!

~Diane
 
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