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June 2, 2021
 

When Will the US-Canada Border Reopen?

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On March 21st 2020, the land border between Canada and the United States was closed to non-essential travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that most Canadians and Americans have received two vaccine shots, many wonder when the longest border in the world will reopen? After 15 long months, we finally have an indication of when the border may reopen: July 21st 2021. Politicians on both sides of the border have been pushing for a reduction in COVID travel restrictions for many months, but according to news sources the Canadian Government has been waiting for 75% of Canadians to get both doses of the COVID vaccine. Based on recent media reports, many believe the border may reopen to vaccinated Canadians and Americans in late July 2021.

Canada, United States, and several European countries are collaborating on a “vaccine passport” system that will facilitate international travel between the nations via electronic vaccine verification credentials. In the meantime, however, once the border between Canada and USA does open visitors will likely need to bring evidence that they have been fully vaccinated. For example: US citizens can provide their vaccine documentation to CBSA by uploading it into Canada’s ArriveCAN iPhone and Android app. Beginning July 5th 2021, Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID will no longer need to quarantine when visiting Canada. Even once the border opens, people with a criminal record may need to obtain special permission to travel. Canadians with a summary or indictable conviction will often need a US Entry Waiver in order to cross the border, while Americans with a misdemeanor or felony conviction (including DUI, DWI, and wet reckless driving) will typically need a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) or Criminal Rehabilitation to cross the border.



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