Canada has had a quick and efficient response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, to protect its citizens, it was closed for tourism most time of the pandemic.
As the coronavirus situation got better, Canada reopened its borders for fully vaccinated American visitors on August 9. Other international travelers should be able to visit the country beginning September 7.
Stats & Current COVID-19 situation in Canada
According to the CDC, Canada now has a moderate level of COVID-19 transmission – orange. They recommend being fully vaccinated before travel.
Unvaccinated travelers who are at increased risk of a severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid all non-essential travel.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Canada has reported nearly 1.5 million cases. 26,890 of those have been mortal. At the moment, the situation in the country is relatively under control.
As of August 27, there have been 27,965 active cases. On average, there are around 2,990 new infections daily.
Vaccination progress in Canada
The vaccination progress in Canada is at its full speed. So far, the country has distributed around 53 million doses, while nearly 25.2 million Canadians have been fully vaccinated. That is around 67% of the population, one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.
Canada’s COVID-19 hotspots
Entry restrictions to Canada
Canada opened its borders to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers on August 9. Besides, it’s about to open for all international visitors who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption on September 7.
Canadian nationals are also allowed to return to Canada. However, even vaccinated visitors have to comply with further entry requirements.
Those include proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test and filling out basic screening information. Unvaccinated travelers must undergo further testing on arrival and on day 8 of their quarantine. Even if they test negative, the 14-day quarantine must be completed.
Note that there is randomized on-arrival coronavirus testing for inoculated passengers. Also, some provinces and territories have further travel restrictions.
For the latest information regarding entry requirements in Canada, check out our article on Canada reopening.
Local safety measures
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are still numerous safety measures in place. They vary depending on the region. However, they generally include mask mandates in public spaces, social distancing, and limits on the number of people in restaurants, bars, and group gatherings.
Why visit Canada even during the pandemic
The good news is that Canada is now a relatively safe place to visit. It has managed the COVID-19 crisis very well, and it is ready to welcome most international travelers again.
Moreover, you can do plenty of activities outdoors. After all, breathtaking nature is what Canada is most famous for. From hiking and biking to water-based sports and skiing. Canada is a place to go, even in pandemic times.