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Airport operators have applauded Transport Canada’s decision to lift US travel border restrictions from 9 August 2021.

The government today announced that from that date, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the US currently residing there will be permitted to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel.

Entry to Canada will continue to be prohibited for US travellers who are not fully vaccinated and for all other foreign nationals, unless they already meet an exemption set out in the Orders made under the Quarantine Act.

Airport retailers and other commercial operators will welcome the news as will Canadian land border duty free retailers.

The government also announced today that on 7 September – provided that Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable – it will open the country’s borders for discretionary travel by travellers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Such travellers must also meet specific entry requirements.

The government said that the changes are in line with the advent of increased vaccination rates in Canada, declining COVID-19 cases and reduced pressure on health care capacity.

To be eligible to enter Canada, fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents must have received the full series of a vaccine – or combination of vaccines – accepted by the Canadian government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering the country.

Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide evidence supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation (along with the original).

Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) said: “YVR is pleased with the government’s announcement today that provides clear direction for fully vaccinated travellers to enter Canada from the US for leisure purposes, effective August 9, 2021.

“We are ready to welcome back our US passengers and this is a significant and positive step forward in the government’s safe, risk-based and measured approach to re-opening Canada’s borders.”

The government also announced today that on 7 September – provided that Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable – it will open the country’s borders for discretionary travel by travellers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Such travellers must also meet specific entry requirements.

The government said that the changes are in line with the advent of increased vaccination rates in Canada, declining COVID-19 cases and reduced pressure on health care capacity.

To be eligible to enter Canada, fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents must have received the full series of a vaccine – or combination of vaccines – accepted by the Canadian government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering the country.

Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide evidence supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation (along with the original).

Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) said: “YVR is pleased with the government’s announcement today that provides clear direction for fully vaccinated travellers to enter Canada from the US for leisure purposes, effective August 9, 2021.

“We are ready to welcome back our US passengers and this is a significant and positive step forward in the government’s safe, risk-based and measured approach to re-opening Canada’s borders.”

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