On July 19, Canada announced that fully vaccinated Americans can enter on August 9, 2021. Here’s what you need to know.
As most of you know, my wife and I had been counting down the days until we could visit to see Natalie’s much-missed family in Toronto, who she hasn’t seen since December 2019. But in the end, we decided it wasn’t the right time for us to travel to Canada, or anywhere for that matter, because the Delta variant is running rampant and we have two young children.
A few days ago, I published a piece about the 5 reasons we’re not going to Canada when the border opens. The bottom line was that we didn’t feel like we should make a non-essential trip when COVID is far from over. The article was picked up by MSN Canada and I was bombarded with comments on the article, most of them negative, from ticked off Canadians. I joked to my wife that I might have to change the title of the article to 6 reasons we’re not going to Canada because, based on the comments, Americans are not welcome.
Obviously, I know the really nasty comments don’t represent the majority of wonderful Canadians but I found it quite interesting to read what they had to say (although many of them seemed to miss the point entirely). Regardless of whether or not they missed the point of what I was saying, after reading the comments and speaking to Canadian friends, I do think that most Canucks don’t want the Canadian border to reopen to Americans next week. And truthfully, I can’t say that I blame them.
There are multiple factors to consider but the main one is that COVID-19 is back out of control in the USA and many Americans are still acting like we’re not in the middle of a global pandemic. Combine this with the fact that the Biden administration has yet to return the favor of allowing vaccinated Canadians across the US land border (they can fly in), news stories about antivaxxers refusing to get the shot, gun violence, an uptick in crime and the nonstop stress of the previous administration, it seems that some Canadians have had enough of their southern neighbors.
According to a recent online survey conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, “69% [of Canadians] would wait until at least three-quarters of [Canada] has been fully vaccinated before welcoming Americans across the line for non-essential travel.” That makes sense. The exception appears to be residents from the conservative providences of Alberta and Saskatchewan, who support the border opening now.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Canada moves forward with their plan to open the border on August 9, although I wouldn’t be surprised if they decide to postpone the border opening or reinstate quarantines. It will also be interesting to see how our northern neighbors treat Americans who make the trek.