Canada and Ireland to Re-Open to Vaccinated American Tourists
We've got a double dose of good travel news: Canada and Ireland are set to re-open to vaccinated American tourists. After over nearly 18 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, both countries have announced details on when and how eligible American passengers can visit.
Canada Re-Opening Details
Starting August 9, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United States currently residing in the U.S. will be permitted to enter Canada. Until now, non-essential travel to Canada was banned as a means of containing the pandemic's spread.
Fully vaccinated international travelers from other countries may also be allowed to enter from September 7, as long as the "COVID-19 epidemiology remains favorable," according to a statement published by the Canadian government this week.
To be eligible for entry, U.S. citizens and permanent residents must have received the full series of a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entry:
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
Travelers must show valid proof of vaccination in English, French, or certified translation as part of entry requirements. Travelers will also be required to upload COVID-related information, including vaccine certificates, through the ArriveCan app or web portal before departure to Canada.
Unvaccinated minors under the age of 12 traveling with vaccinated parents or guardians do not have to complete a 14-day quarantine. Vaccinated travelers do not need to complete a COVID-19 test upon arrival to Canada unless they have been randomly chosen at their port of entry to do so.
Canada also announced it will expand its list of airports that will receive international flights. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra told reporters the airports in Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton will now accept flights from other countries.
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Ireland Re-Opening Details
Starting July 19, fully vaccinated visitors from the U.S. will be able to enter Ireland, with no travel-related testing or quarantine period required.
However, adult passengers that do not have proof of vaccination must follow a different set of protocols. If they aren't fully vaccinated, travelers must provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival to Ireland. Additionally they must self-quarantine for 14 days and undergo post-arrival testing.
Children under the age of 12 and therefore not able to get vaccinated in the U.S. are also exempt from the pre-travel PCR testing requirement. However, those between the ages of 12 and 17 must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival to enter Ireland, even if they’re traveling with fully vaccinated or recovered adults.
Before arriving to Ireland, all travelers must complete a Passenger Locator Form, which will be checked by their airline. They may be asked to produce the vaccination certificate, if they’ve indicated on their form that they are vaccinated. Upon landing in Ireland, airport officials will perform spot-check verifications of visitors’ proof of vaccination or negative PCR test results, as applicable.
Note that only those that are fully vaccinated, or who can prove that they were diagnosed and recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months will be able to enjoy indoor dining and drinking at bars, cafes, restaurants, and the like, while in Ireland.
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