Canada recently announced that fully vaccinated travelers from the United States will be allowed to enter Canada from August 9, 2021. This exemption will apply only to US citizens and permanent residents who are currently living in the US. Travelers must have completed their full course of vaccination at least 2 weeks before entering Canada.
Under this exemption, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to take a Covid-19 test on arrival and then after a week. However, the Canadian Border and Service Agency (CBSA) may still randomly test travelers at the Port of Entry (POE).
The travel restrictions on US travelers were first imposed on March 21, 2021. Since then, these restrictions have been extended every month. However, these restrictions have impacted the Canadian tourism industry as US tourists do make up a hefty portion of tourists coming to Canada. In 2019, Canada welcomed 15 million US tourists.
However, despite the ease in travel restrictions, you may still get denied entry to Canada if you have a past criminal record. Criminal Inadmissibility is the most common reason for denied entry. Having a criminal history can prevent you from coming to Canada, whether for a long-term or short-term stay.