American kids travelling with their vaccinated parents will be welcomed back on August 9.
On Monday, July 19, the Government of Canada announced its updated travel restrictions. Come August 9, fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents who currently live in the U.S. will be allowed to enter Canada for non-essential reasons.
This will also be the case for foreign nationals from other countries starting on September 7. As there are no COVID-19 vaccines available to children under 12, there is a separate set of rules for those in this demographic.
As of August 9, unvaccinated children under 12 years of age who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently residing in the U.S. will be allowed to enter Canada with their fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian, or tutor who is allowed to enter Canada. This is also the case for dependant children who are over 12 but require guardianship due to a mental or physical condition.
Arriving in Canada
These children or dependants will no longer need to complete a 14-day quarantine. However, they must avoid group settings like camps and daycares for the first 14 days after arrival.
"Unvaccinated children will remain subject to the Day 1 and Day 8 testing requirements. Provinces and territories may have more stringent rules around people who have recently returned from travel. More details will be available in the coming days," reads an update from the Government of Canada.
Children from Outside of North America
In a press conference, the Public Health Agency of Canada confirmed that these measures for American children will be the same for kids travelling from other parts of the world when Canada reopens its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers on September 7.
"We have no intention of separating kids from their families, from their parents, because the kids are not able to be vaccinated currently," said Public Health. "So when we open on September 7 to any other countries, unvaccinated children will be able to enter Canada with their vaccinated parents."