To spur tourism and business, Governor Kathy Hochul reveals on Wednesday that digital COVID-19 vaccination credentials issued from Canadian provinces and territories that adhere to SMART Health Cards specifications will immediately be accepted through the state’s Excelsior Pass Scanner application.
The order of Hochul allows fully vaccinated Canadians to use their compatible vaccination credentials for business entry in New York.
It was learned that since As of Nov. 9, seven provinces and territories in Canada issue vaccine certificates that meet the state’s criteria.
These provinces and territories include Québec, Manitoba, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Newfoundland, and Labrador.
“New York State is proud to work with our Canadian neighbors to ensure compatibility with our Excelsior Pass Scanner application,” Hochul said.
“With the border reopened, this important partnership will accelerate the return of critical business, commerce and economic development activity. This is significant news for so many Canadians — and the New York businesses and corporations who employ and stand ready to welcome them — who can now do so safely. Because of the constant innovation of our Excelsior Pass platform, New York State continues to build tools that meet the needs of today as well as the emerging needs of tomorrow for individuals and businesses alike,” Hochul added.