As of August 9, fully immunized U.S. citizens will be able to enter Canada freely. The news comes after a restriction on all non-essential travel in place since March 2020.
This will make traveling to the Toronto International Film Festival much easier for festival-goers in the United States. This year’s TIFF will be a hybrid online and in-person festival taking place September 9-18 after last year’s fully online event.
“With increasing vaccination rates and declining COVID-19 cases, we are able to move forward with adjusted border measures,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a report. The United States is the first country for which Canada will adjust travel restrictions. Trudeau noted this as “recognition of our unique bond, especially between border communities.”
The Canadian government plans to lift restrictions for people vaccinated from other countries to enter from September 7.
TIFF art director Cameron Bailey tweeted the news with a match about Tuesday’s TIFF announcement.
– Cameron Bailey (@cameron_tiff) July 19, 2021
“The safety and security of Canadians always comes first,” said Canadian Health Minister Patty Hajdu. “A phased approach to reopening will allow our health authorities to monitor the COVID-19 situation here and abroad. As a safeguard policy, travelers should always submit negative COVID-19 test results before flying to Canada, regardless of their immunization status. The Canadian government will use a platform called ArriveCAN for people to submit their travel information and verify their eligibility before they travel.
In addition, the lifting of travel restrictions will facilitate the production of several films and television series shot in Canada that employ American and Canadian actors and crews. US productions currently filming in Canada include season 3 of the TNT series “Snowpiercer” and season 6 of The CW’s “Supergirl”.
This year’s TIFF lineup includes “Dune,” “Belfast,” “Last Night in Soho” by Edgar Wright, “Petite Maman” and HBO’s Alanis Morissette documentary “Jagged”, directed by Alison Klayman.