OTTAWA, Canada – Fully vaccinated Americans and permanent residents will be allowed to enter Canada for non-essential travel beginning Aug. 9, Canadian government ministers announced Monday.

The announcement marked the first step toward opening the country’s border for all international tourists.

Non-essential travel to Canada has been banned since March 2020, and Canada’s public safety minister announced last month that the travel restrictions across the U.S.-Canadian border would be extended until July 21.

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