HealthDay News — Fully vaccinated U.S. travelers will be allowed into Canada as of Aug. 9, Canadian officials announced.
Canada’s 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived for people who are residing in the United States and are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada, CBS News reported. All three vaccines available in the United States are also approved in Canada. Unvaccinated children who are traveling with vaccinated parents will not have to quarantine but will have to steer clear of group activities, including schools and day-care centers, Canadian officials said.
Currently, Canadians are allowed to fly into the United States with a negative COVID-19 test, but the United States has not hinted at any plan to change land border restrictions, according to the Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, CBS News reported.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was noncommittal when asked if the U.S. would reciprocate. “We are continuing to review our travel restrictions. Any decisions about resuming travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts. … I wouldn’t look at it through a reciprocal intention,” she said, CBS News reported.
Canada leads the G20 countries in vaccination rates, with approximately 80 percent of eligible Canadians vaccinated with their first dose and more than 50 percent of those eligible fully vaccinated, CBS News said.