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  • TIAO President and CEO Chris Bloore responds to border closure extension see more

    The Canada-U.S. border will stay closed to all but essential traffic for another month. Bill Blair MP, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced that  "in coordination with the U.S., we are extending restrictions on non-essential international travel and with the United States until July 21st, 2021."


    TIAO President and CEO responded:


    "There is no escaping the fact that this is a hammer blow for the tourism industry. Yet again, the federal government has chosen not to put forward its plan to reopen the border and now we’re in danger of losing our entire summer season. Uncertainty is killing our industry and the jobs that provide Ontarians their livelihoods may never return and the damage to our industry could become permanent."



  • Şimal Görmüş posted an article
    Answers to your questions regarding the CAN / USA Border Re-opening see more









    The following information is based on existing guidelines and available information, and may be subject to change as further border reopening details emerge.  


    Pre-Entry COVID-19 Test Requirements to Enter Canada:  

    • All travellers (regardless of citizenship) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test  

    • If you’re driving to a land border, you must take a test in the US within 72 hours of your planned entry into Canada  

    • If you’re flying to Canada, you must take a test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada  

    • If you have a connecting flight, the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada (you may need to schedule the test in your transit city) 

    • Find a testing facility here 

    • All travellers must: 

    • Provide one of the accepted types of molecular tests (e.g. PCR). Rapid tests (e.g. antigen test) will not be accepted. 

    • Keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada  


    What is the proof of vaccination documentation required to enter Canada?   

    Fully vaccinated travellers must: 

    • Have received the full series of a vaccine, or a combination of vaccines, accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada  

    • Currently accepted vaccines are: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) 

    • Provide proof of vaccination information electronically through ArriveCAN (app or web portal) prior to departing for Canada  

    • Have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French (or certified translation, along with the original) ready to show a government official on request. The documentation must show that both vaccine doses are accepted by the Government of Canada. 


    Where can I get a post-arrival COVID-19 test in Ontario?  

    Fully vaccinated travellers do not have to do an arrival test (as of August 9, this will apply to fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents residing in the US; tentatively as of Sept 7, this will apply to fully vaccinated travellers from all other countries). However, fully vaccinated travellers may be randomly selected to complete a Day 1 (arrival) COVID-19 molecular test. Unvaccinated children accompanying fully vaccinated travellers will still require a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival and on Day 8.  

    When entering Canada, travellers not considered fully vaccinated will be instructed to either take an arrival test at the border, or will receive a home test kit.  

    Airport arrival testing:  

    • Unvaccinated travellers arriving by air must take a test before leaving the airport. At that time, they may get a home test kit to use for the Day 8 test.  

    Land border arrival testing:  

    • If your border crossing doesn’t offer an on-site testing, or you decide not to use the on-site testing station, you need to follow the instructions in your home test kit to complete the test at your destination  

    For more info on post-arrival testing, see:  

    For instructions on completing home test kits, see:  


    What happens if I test positive on the post-arrival test? Do I turn back?   

    As far as we know, the post-arrival tests are COVID-19 molecular tests and the test results are generally provided in 1 to 3 days. If you test positive, you will be required to self-isolate at your destination for 14 days. A government representative will call you to provide additional details and instructions. 

    For more info, see: 


    Will unvaccinated children aged 12-18 need to quarantine?  

    This looks to be the case so far. We are currently seeking clarification. 


    Is a tourist camp considered a group setting (that unvaccinated children under 12 years old must avoid)? 

    From what we understand, the camps referred to in the guidelines are children’s camps. In a regular tourist camp situation, it will be the responsibility of the parents to ensure their children do not interact with groups of people at their vacation destination.  


    Are tourism businesses liable if patrons test positive for COVID-19 post-arrival or don't follow public health protocol while in Ontario? 

    As far as we know, as long as tourism businesses are doing their due diligence to follow all applicable COVID-19 health and safety protocols and inform visitors of their responsibilities, tourism businesses will not normally be held liable for visitors not following public health protocol.  

    Tourism businesses are required to follow public health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes:  

    • Following the restrictions currently outlined in the Reopening Ontario Act, including abiding by capacity limits and requiring patrons to wear a face covering/mask and/or physically distance where applicable  

    • Following any local public health and safety bylaws. Businesses should check with their local public health unit website in case there are additional restrictions and requirements. 

    • Actively screen workers before they enter the workplace at the start of their shift. A worker and employee screening tool is available. 

    • Have a safety plan for how they will reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their workplace. The safety plan must be posted in a place where it will be seen easily  

    Travellers are required to follow COVID-19 public health and safety measures: 

    • If travellers violate instructions provided when entering Canada, this is an offence under the Quarantine Act and they could be subject to a monetary fine and/or imprisonment  

    • If travellers break mandatory quarantine or isolation requirements when there is a risk of causing death or serious bodily harm to another person, they could be subject to a monetary fine of up to $1,000,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 3 years  

    • The RCMP, provincial police, and local police are responsible for enforcing the Quarantine Act and can issue fines to travellers of up to $5,000 for non-compliance 

    • Individuals who violate the Reopening Ontario Act can face tickets for set fine amounts determined by the Ontario Court of Justice 

    • Under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act, individuals who are symptomatic and waiting for test results, or who have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 are ordered to self-isolate. Failure to comply with the order is subject to a monetary fine.  

    Liability protections exist if patrons test positive at the business location: 


    Where can visitors get a COVID-19 test to return home?  

    Requirements to present a negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding a flight departing from Canada vary by country. Please check your specific country requirements.  

    US visitors returning home will require a COVID-19 test to re-enter the US border by air. Rapid tests are accepted. If a trip is shorter than 3 days, a viral test taken in the US can be used to fulfill the US pre-entry test requirement as long as the test was taken no more than 3 days before the return flight to the US departs. If the return travel is delayed longer than 3 days after the test, the passenger will need to be retested before the return flight. There are currently no test requirements for re-entering the US border by land.  

    COVID-19 testing options while in Ontario: 


    For US Visitors: 

    Are there testing requirements for US visitors returning to the US? 

    A COVID-19 test is required for US visitors returning to the US by air, but the same pre-departure test taken in the US can be used if the trip is less than 3 days long (see below). However, as far as we know, there are no testing requirements for return by land.  


    Can a COVID-19 test taken before departure from the US be used to return to the US if the out-of-country trip was less than 72 hours long?  

    • The COVID-19 test taken before departure from the United States can be used to return within the 3-day timeframe 

    • If a trip is shorter than 3 days, a viral test taken in the US can be used to fulfill the US pre-entry test requirement as long as the test was taken no more than 3 days before the return flight to the US departs.  

    • For example, if a passenger’s flight is at 1pm on a Friday, the passenger could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after  

    • If the return travel is delayed longer than 3 days after the test, the passenger will need to be retested before the return flight 

    • Alternatively, travellers to the US may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel  

    • This applies only to air travel to the US, not entry by land  

    • For more info, see:  


  • Chris Bloore posted an article
    Canada to ease border rules Aug. 9 for fully vaccinated Americans see more

    Canada will open the border to fully vaccinated Americans and permanent residents of the U.S. for non-essential travel on August 9. The Canadian government is also eliminating the three-night quarantine hotel policy for those arriving by air as of Aug. 9 at 12:01am EDT. 

    As of Aug. 9, Americans who have been fully vaccinated can travel to Canada without having to quarantine. Travellers must: 

    • Be fully vaccinated by a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada, at least 14 days prior to entering Canada; 

    • meet the pre-entry test requirements; 

    • provide a digital copy of vaccination documentation in English or French; 

    • provide COVID-19 related information electronically through ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada; 

    • Provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine in case border agents determine they do not meet the necessary requirements  

    • be asymptomatic upon arrival; and  

    • participate in random COVID-19 testing.  

    Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age and dependents of fully vaccinated travellers eligible for entry to Canada will be exempt from quarantine. However, they will remain subject to the Day 1 and Day 8 testing requirements, and must avoid group settings, such as camps or day-cares.  

     Provinces and territories may have more stringent rules around people who have recently returned from travel.  

    As of Aug. 9, international passenger flights will also be allowed in Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Edmonton, and Winnipeg airports (this is in addition to Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, and Vancouver airports). There will be a ban on direct flights from India until at least August 21 due to concerns about the Delta variant of COVID-19.  

     Unvaccinated travellers will still be required to follow the mandatory testing and quarantine restrictions, and Canada will continue to prohibit U.S. travellers who are not fully vaccinated and for all other foreign nationals, unless they already meet an exemption set out in the Orders made under the Quarantine Act. 

    On September 7, Canada intends to open its borders for non-essential travel by travellers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet the specific entry requirements. The entry and arrival requirements for fully vaccinated travellers above will also apply.  

    For more information, please visit Easing border measures for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada - Permitting discretionary travel for citizens and permanent residents of the United States - 


  • Chris Bloore posted an article
    TIAO react to PM statement on border reopening. see more

    TIAO has been a vocal proponent throughout the summer in asking the Federal Government to present its plan to reopen the U.S. border and wider international travel. We have read the Prime Minister's comments from last night with great interest and look forward to seeing the fully detailed plan to first reopen the U.S. border in August, and then wider international border in September to fully vaccinated travelers.  

    The resumption of international travel, especially the expedited reopening of our border with the United States, is worth billions of dollars to our economy and is an integral part of our industries ability to recover, with so many of our members relying heavily on American tourists for their survival. The sooner our members have this plan in their hands, the faster they can start to market and take bookings and return to what they do best, providing world class and unforgettable experiences for visitors.  


    Read the PM's statement here: Trudeau: U.S.-Canada border could open to fully vaccinated Americans in August (