Fully vaccinated Americans and permanent residents will be allowed to enter Canada for non-essential travel beginning Aug. 9, Canadian government ministers announced Monday.
The announcement marked the first step toward opening the country’s border for all international tourists.
Non-essential travel to Canada has been banned since March 2020, and Canada’s public safety minister announced last month that the travel restrictions across the U.S.-Canadian border would be extended until July 21.
“As a first step, starting August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel,” the Canadian government wrote in a statement on Monday.
There are no changes to the mandatory testing requirements for unvaccinated travelers.