Travel to Canada has reopened for fully vaccinated Americans.

As of this morning, (Monday, August 9th, 2021,) the Canadian border has reopened to non-essential travel. Now fully vaccinated Americans will be able to cross the US/Canada border, but documentation will be required.

What do travelers need to do to cross the border?

In order to get across the U.S./Canada border, travelers will have to do the following:

  • Be 14 days past their final COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Travelers will need to upload their vaccine and medical information within 72 hours of crossing.
  • Bring a physical or electronic copy of a vaccine card for verification.
  • Take a molecular test within 72 hours of crossing the border.
  • Travelers with symptoms will be turned away.
  • Border agents may randomly select travelers for another COVID-19 test upon arrival.
  • Unvaccinated kids 12-years-old and younger will be allowed to cross with a parent but will be tested on their 1st and 8th days in Canada.
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Which molecular tests are accepted within 72 hours?

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • TR-PCR - reverse transcription real-time PCR
  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
  • Nucleic Acid Test (NAT or NAATs)
  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
  • Isothermal amplification
  • Droplet digital PCR or Digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)
  • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)
  • RNA
  • Ct
  • CRISPR
  • Sequencing
  • Next generational sequencing (NGC or WGS)
  • LamPORE
  • Detection of the N gene
  • Detection of Orf1a/b
  • Detection of the S gene
  • Detection of the E gene
  • Detection of the RdRp gene

Get details on these tests here. 

It is great to see the border opening back up for non-essential travel.

Source: Mid-Michigan Now

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