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Canada reopening border to fully vaccinated travellers: SFU experts available

July 19, 2021

Today the federal government announced plans to allow fully vaccinated U.S. travellers into Canada on August 9th and travellers from all other countries on September 7th.  

Tourists must upload proof that they have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine that is currently approved for use in Canada (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson) to the ArriveCAN app. They must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel.

Fully vaccinated individuals must also have a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before arrival but will not have to do a post-arrival test unless they are randomly selected to be tested.

Upon meeting this criteria, travellers will not have to quarantine for 14 days but must have a quarantine plan in place in case a border official finds they do not meet the requirements.

Simon Fraser University experts are available to comment on the latest changes:


JULIANNE PIPER, research fellow & project coordinator for Pandemics & Borders research team
Expertise: border measures and travel restrictions in response to COVID-19, travel-related risks and Canada’s re-opening.

VALORIE CROOKS, Canada Research Chair in Health Service Geographies
Expertise: the benefits (for snowbirds, international students, economies on both sides of the border and allowing family reunification) and complexities (proof of vaccination and acceptable vaccines, widens geographic area for COVID-19 contact tracing, new variants that may cause future closures and uncertainty) of the border opening to non-essential travel. 


MELISSA SHAW, SFU  Communications & Marketing 
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