Canadian authorities have decided to reopen their borders for fully vaccinated travelers from the United States as part of efforts to facilitate the travel process between both countries.
However, the United States administration continues to keep in place its ban imposed on arrivals from Canada, including the European Union, the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, and Iran, due to the current Coronavirus situation, especially the rapid spread of the Delta variant, VisaGuide.World reports.
At present, Canada permits entry for travelers who have been vaccinated with one of the following vaccines:
- AstraZeneca, including Covishield
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
In addition, passengers must prove that they have taken the final shot at least two weeks before heading to Canada.
Besides, children under the age of 12 who still have not been vaccinated against the Coronavirus will also be able to enter Canada if a fully vaccinated parent or guardian accompanies them. However, they will be required to undergo a testing process on the first and the eighth day of their trip.
Authorities in Canada have also clarified that travelers are obliged to download the ArriveCAN app or use the online version as well as to fill in the form within 72 hours of arriving at the border.
The temporary entry ban imposed on other countries caused a devastating situation for Canada’s economy, especially the travel and tourism sector.
According to a previous report published by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Canada’s travel and tourism sector suffered a $59.2 billion financial loss and a total of 53 percent decrease in contribution to the country’s GDP last year.
Besides, due to the Coronavirus pandemic situation, a total of 373,000 people engaged in the country’s travel and tourism sector were left jobless facing many difficulties.
According to the figures published by the World Health Organization (WHO), Canada has reported a total of 1,438,200 cases of infection and 26,663 deaths up to August 10. On the other hand, the United States has registered a total of 35,501,444 cases of infections and over 611,500 deaths within the same timeframe.
However, even amid the current COVID-19 situation, authorities in the United States are discussing the possibility to permit fully vaccinated travelers from many countries to visit its territory even for non-essential purposes such as tourism, following the example of many other countries.
Such a decision would ease the travel process for all persons who have been prohibited from entering the US for more than 16 months due to the Coronavirus pandemic situation and the rapid spread of its new strains.
The US decision to keep in place its travel restrictions has sparked controversies, especially for governments and many organizations in Europe. Recently, the European Commission President Ursula von der Lelyen urged the US authorities to abolish such a ban imposed for EU citizens; however, such a thing has not happened yet.