Earlier this week, Canada announced that they're almost ready to welcome back American tourists for the first time in over 16 months. 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic closed the border between the United States and Canada, Idahoans could drive into British Columbia through two different entry points: Porthill and Eastport. You haven't been able to make the crossing for non-essential travel since March 2020, but that changes next month

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The Public Health Agency of Canada issued a release announcing that Canada will reopen their land borders to fully vaccinated United States citizens wishing to enjoy non-essential travel at 12:01 EDT on Monday, August 9.

To enter Canada those over the age of 12 will need to have proof that they've received the full series of the Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine or single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days prior to their visit. Unvaccinated children under 12 may enter may cross with a vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor.

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In addition to having paper or digital proof of vaccination, Americans entering through a land crossing must be prepared for these other rules:

  • Provide negative COVID-19 test result from an approved molecular test taken within 72 hours of your planned entry into Canada
  • Enter necessary COVID-19 information into the ArriveCAN app or website before departing for Canada
  • Know that you may be randomly selected for a post-arrival COVID test
  • Be asymptomatic upon arrival
  • Be able to present a suitable quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine if you don't meet the requirements to be exempt from quarantine
  • Follow public health measures which may include monitoring for symptoms, mask wearing, having a copy of your vaccination/test results, keeping a list of close contacts and locations visited for 14 days after entering Canada


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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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