Effective immediately, Canada announced Monday that it would finally open its borders for US citizens, provided they are vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19.
After months of refraining from allowing US citizens to their country, Canada has finally let go of its strict border-control measures, now allowing tourists, employees, and families to enter via the US border.
According to the new guidelines issued by the Canadian government, US travelers coming to the country must either be full-vaccinated or should have tested negative for the virus at least 3 days prior to making the commute. Travelers also must fill out a detailed application on the arriveCAN app before crossing.
On the other hand, the U.S. has maintained that it will extend its closure to all Canadians making nonessential trips until at least Aug. 21, which also applies to the Mexican border.
This being said, considering the fact that it is high time that the country opened its doors a little more, the Biden administration is beginning to make plans for a phased reopening. The main requirement would be that nearly all foreign visitors to the U.S. will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The re-opening did not cause much of a jam at the border on Monday, with the highest wait times being around 30 minutes.