Vaccinated Americans can enter Canada starting Monday. Here are 11 things to know before a trip. (2022)

Vaccinated American travelers will get the green light to cross Canada's borders on Monday, but the process won't be as simple as it was before the pandemic.

The country has implemented new health measures to keep the coronavirus at bay, such as asking visitors to provide additional documentation – including proof of vaccination and a coronavirustest – beforecrossing theland border. Air travelers also need to submitinformation, including coronavirustest results, before boarding aplane to Canada. Falsifying information could result in hefty fines.

Travelers can also expect longer wait times, thanks to the new public health measures.

Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be permitted to enter Canada for nonessential travel starting Monday at 12:01 a.m. ETD. White House officials have yet to say when the U.S. will reciprocate and ease its own travel restrictions against its Canadian neighbors.

For Americans planning to take a trip up north soon, here are 11 things toknow.

Vaccinated Americans can enter Canada starting Monday. Here are 11 things to know before a trip. (1)

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Canada border crossingrequirements: Travelers will need to be fully vaccinated

American travelers wanting to visit Canada byland, air or watermust complete a COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 daysbefore entry. The government of Canada accepts the Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccines.

Cruises are not permitted to enter Canadian waters, but the country's ban oncruise ships with more than 100 passengers is set to end Nov. 1.

Everyoneneeds to get a negative coronavirus test

All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, will need to show proof of acoronavirus molecular test –such as a PCR test –to enter. Fully vaccinated travelers will not need to take a post-arrival test unless they are randomly selected to do so.

TheU.S. Department of Health andHuman Services website has a list ofcommunity-based testing sites for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventionsuggests travelers contact their health care provider or visit theirlocal health department’s websiteto find the latest information on testing since the type of COVID-19tests offeredcan differ by location.

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Bring COVID-19 vaccine card, documentation

Travelers must show proof of vaccinationin either English, French or a certified translation.

Airlineswill verify passengers’ vaccination status through the ArriveCAN app or website before passengers board their flights. Those driving across the border must use ArriveCAN before departing. Information must be submitted within 72 hours before arrival.

Travelers are advised to carry their vaccine documentation to show officials at border entry points and should keep theirtest results and a list of close contacts and locations visited on hand.

Travelers without documentationwill be denied boarding, and those who try to cross land borders without the proper documents will be sent back to the United States.

Travelers who try to falsify their documentation could be fined or denied entry to the country at a future date, according to Denis Vinette, vice president of the CBSA travelers branch. Two travelers who tried to enter Canada last month were fined nearly $20,000 Canadian dollars, or nearly $16,000,after providing false information related toproof of vaccination.

"We've seen quite a few instances with individuals who've attempted to make use of fraudulent documents," Vinettesaid. "It's just not worth it.

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Check for any COVID-19 symptoms, and be prepared to quarantine

Fully vaccinated travelers won't needtoquarantine upon arrival, but visitors with COVID-19 symptomswill need to self-isolate.All visitors must provide a quarantine plan.

Vaccinated Americans can enter Canada starting Monday. Here are 11 things to know before a trip. (2)

You can expect longer wait times

The CBSA is expecting increased processing times for border crossings come Mondaydue to enhanced public health measures.

“The CBSA will not compromise the health and safety of Canadians for the sake of border wait times,” spokeswoman Rebecca Purdy told USA TODAY via email Tuesday.

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Vinetteof the CBSAsaid the agency expects a 10% to 25% increase in vehicles trying to cross the border once restrictions ease Monday, which would be just 20% or so of pre-pandemic levels.

"We asked travelers to be patient but also to arrive prepared and knowledgeable of the requirements at the border," Vinette told USA TODAY. "It'll help increase passage and throughput and make the experience much more positive."

The agency’s website offers estimated border wait times at select land ports.

Dan Weingarten, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation, added that the department will work to process traffic “as expeditiously as possible” through the state's toll plazas and border bridges.

“We anticipate any delays would be at the U.S. or Canadian customs checkpoints, which are not under our control,” Weingarten said.

While a CBSA employee strike threatened to further increase wait times for travelers crossing the border, strike actions were called off late Fridayafter labor unions reached a tentative agreement with the CBSA.

Children, others who are exempted can enter Canada

Children under the age of 12 and unvaccinated dependent children will be allowed to enter the country with a fully vaccinated parent, stepparent, tutor or guardian who is eligible to enter Canada.

People with health conditions that prevent them from becoming fully vaccinated can qualify for eased quarantine and testing requirements but must follow a modified quarantine.

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You may run into other COVID-19 travel restrictions

Travelers will be required to follow public health measures, including monitoring for signs of COVID-19 and keeping a copy of vaccine documentation and test results 14 days after entry.

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Canada's government suggests mask wearing in shared spaces, and certain provinces – including Quebecand Ontario –enforce mask mandates.

Travelersentering by air will need to wear a mask in Canadian airports and on flights to and from the country, regardless of vaccination status.

Some provinces imposeother restrictions. Newfoundland and Labradorrequire a travel form to enter.Ontario has capacity limits on organized public events, retail spaces, museums, casinos, theaters and more.

The country's national parks are open and welcome visitors, but access to facilities and services may be limited.

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Airlines addflightsto Canada

Airlines are adding flights to Canada to accommodate the anticipated uptick of air travel demand.

Air Canada announced a summer trans-border schedule with up to 220 daily flights between the USA and Canada starting Monday. The initial schedule will include 55 routes and 34 U.S. destinations, but the airline plans to restore service to all 57 U.S. destinations previously served “as conditions allow,” according to the airline.

United, which flies to Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, said it would add flights to Toronto and Vancouver in September.

American Airlines services four airports in Canada– Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver– and is set to resume operations in Halifax, Quebec and Ottawa in the spring of 2022, according to a statement in June.

Pricing from flight search toolSkyscanner on Fridayshowed airfares for August trips from the USA to Canada startat $329for Vancouver, $359for Toronto and $356for Calgary.

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Effective Monday, international flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at nine Canadian airports:

  • Montréal-Trudeau International Airport
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Calgary International Airport
  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
  • Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
  • Edmonton International Airport
Vaccinated Americans can enter Canada starting Monday. Here are 11 things to know before a trip. (3)

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Canada hotel room rates are low – but prices are rising

In June, the average daily room rate – or ADR – across Canada's hotelswas $125.05 in Canadian dollars (U.S. $99.61), down 31% compared with 2019, according to hotel analytics company STR.

Hotel room prices should rebound when border restrictions ease; STR expects ADR to hit $116.22 by the end of September, according to a June statement. The firm expects smaller cities and resorts to lead the recovery.

“International demand plays an incredibly important role in the recovery process, and we expect a jump in hotel leisure and corporate demand once the U.S./Canada land border reopens,” the news release read.

►More:Yes, room prices are higher. Hotel rates hit record high the week of July 4.

The majority of eligible Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19

Canada's vaccine rollout had a slower start, but the country has surpassedU.S.vaccination rates.

More than 71% of the Canadianpopulationhas received at least one dose of the vaccineand nearly 60% werefully vaccinatedas of July 31. In the U.S.,58% of the population was partially vaccinated and 50% was fully vaccinatedas of Friday.

USextends Canada border closure

The United Statesextendedborderrestrictions on nonessential travel last month, keeping its borders with Canada and Mexicoclosed through at least Aug. 21. The restrictions to entry affect land and ferry travel.

The move is meant to help the countrydecrease the spread of COVID-19, including the highly contagious delta variant.

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International travelers who plan to return to the U.S. by air will need to get tested no more than three days before travel and show a negative test result or documentation of recovery to the airline before boarding, according to the CDC. This policy does not apply to land border crossings.

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FAQs

Has Canada dropped all COVID-19 restrictions? ›

Canada announced on Monday that it would remove all remaining coronavirus entry restrictions, including testing and quarantine requirements, effective Oct. 1, ending some of the worlds longest and most stringent rules.

How long does it usually take for the COVID-19 booster shot to take effect? ›

Your bodys immune response kicks in almost immediately after a booster dose. It may take around two weeks to reach maximum protection.

Is self-isolation mandatory for people who are double jabbed during the COVID-19 pandemic? ›

From Monday 16 August, people who are double jabbed or aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

Is COVID-19 still a pandemic? ›

With over 1 million deaths this year alone, the pandemic remains an emergency globally and within most countries. "The COVID-19 summer wave, driven by Omicron BA.4 and BA.5, showed that the pandemic is not yet over as the virus continues to circulate in Europe and beyond," a European Commission spokesperson said.

Can I go abroad if I don't have the COVID-19 vaccine? ›

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you should continue to follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to, such as proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. You should carefully research the requirements of your destination country before travelling.

How long does it take to get the COVID-19 antibody test result? ›

You should get your result within 3 to 7 days of taking the test (usually by text or email).

How long do COVID-19 booster side effects last? ›

Like all medicines, the COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects, but not everyone gets them. Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as: a sore arm from the injection.

Is Pfizer COVID-19 booster safe? ›

Yes, booster shots are proven to be safe. Pfizer released a study of 10,000 participants in which half of them received a booster dose and half a placebo. In terms of safety, they found no new adverse events, meaning it was consistent with what has been seen in previous studies.

Is self-isolation recommended for those with COVID-19? ›

Self-isolation at home has been recommended for those diagnosed with COVID-19 and those who suspect they have been infected. Health agencies have issued detailed instructions for proper self-isolation. Many governments have mandated or recommended self-quarantine for entire populations.

When was COVID-19 declared a global pandemic? ›

On 11 March 2020 WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic due to the rapid spread and severity of cases around the world.

Is COVID-19 still a global threat? ›

With over 1 million deaths this year alone, the pandemic remains an emergency globally and within most countries. "The COVID-19 summer wave, driven by Omicron BA.4 and BA.5, showed that the pandemic is not yet over as the virus continues to circulate in Europe and beyond," a European Commission spokesperson said.

Where did COVID-19 origin? ›

The first known infections from SARS‑CoV‑2 were discovered in Wuhan, China.[17] The original source of viral transmission to humans remains unclear, as does whether the virus became pathogenic before or after the spillover event.[19][75][9] Because many of the early infectees were workers at the Huanan Seafood Market,[76][77] it has been suggested that the virus might have originated from the market.[9][78] However, other research indicates that visitors may have introduced the virus to the market, which then facilitated rapid expansion of the infections.

Are COVID-19 tests 100% reliable? ›

No test is 100% reliable, even those who meet regulatory standards for performance and safety. The results are also only relevant to that sample at that point in time.

Can you take ibuprofen if you have the coronavirus disease? ›

Patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache, and should follow NHS advice if they have any questions or if symptoms get worse.

What does a negative COVID-19 antibody test result mean? ›

A negative result means the test did not detect COVID-19 antibodies.

What is an antibody test for COVID-19? ›

An antibody test is a blood test to check if you've had coronavirus (COVID-19) before or been vaccinated.

Can I develop immunity to COVID-19 after testing positive for PCR? ›

If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19, you will probably have developed some immunity to the disease. However, it cannot be guaranteed that everyone will develop immunity, or how long it will last. It is possible for PCR tests to remain positive for some time after COVID-19 infection.

Is COVID-19 still a global threat? ›

With over 1 million deaths this year alone, the pandemic remains an emergency globally and within most countries. "The COVID-19 summer wave, driven by Omicron BA.4 and BA.5, showed that the pandemic is not yet over as the virus continues to circulate in Europe and beyond," a European Commission spokesperson said.

How serious is COVID-19 usually for most children? ›

For most children and young people, these illnesses will not be serious, and they will soon recover following rest and plenty of fluids.

What is the Yellow Card scheme for the COVID-19 vaccine? ›

The Yellow Card scheme is a mechanism by which anybody can voluntarily report any suspected adverse reactions or side effects to the vaccine. It is very important to note that a Yellow Card report does not necessarily mean the vaccine caused that reaction or event.

When was COVID-19 declared a global pandemic? ›

On 11 March 2020 WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic due to the rapid spread and severity of cases around the world.

Will climate change make COVID-19 worse? ›

There is no evidence of a direct connection between climate change and the emergence or transmission of COVID-19 disease. As the disease is now well established in the human population, efforts should focus on reducing transmission and treating patients.

When was the first case of coronavirus discovered? ›

The first case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2019 and was subsequently declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). This global pandemic is now expected to impact on the economic outlook for some time to come.

Are COVID-19 tests 100% reliable? ›

No test is 100% reliable, even those who meet regulatory standards for performance and safety. The results are also only relevant to that sample at that point in time.

How long do COVID-19 booster side effects last? ›

Like all medicines, the COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects, but not everyone gets them. Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as: a sore arm from the injection.

Can you take ibuprofen if you have the coronavirus disease? ›

Patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache, and should follow NHS advice if they have any questions or if symptoms get worse.

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