Well that was short lived.
Just three weeks after the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eased its travel warning for Canada to a Level 2 rating, the department is now telling Americans to “reconsider travel” due to high cases of COVID-19.
Canada, on Monday (Aug. 30), was switched back to a darker shade of orange, to a “Level Three" warning, as seen on this interactive map produced by the CDC.
Coronavirus cases in Canada are now “high” again, the CDC says.
"Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to these destinations," states the CDC's Level Three warning. "Unvaccinated travellers should avoid nonessential travel to these destinations."
The U.S. department first eased this warning on Aug. 10, telling Canada-bound travellers, at the time, to "exercise increased caution” as local COVID-19 cases were, then, at a “moderate" stage.
This appeared to align with Canada’s decision, on Aug. 9, to re-open its borders to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
The reopening of borders between Canada and the United States is not reciprocal – the U.S. side of the land border is still closed to non-essential traffic until at least Sept. 21 (although Canadians, throughout the pandemic, have been allowed to enter the U.S. by air).
Canada wasn't the only country to face a heightened advisory from the U.S. CDC. Other countries, such as Germany, Switzerland, Estonia, North Macedonia and Azerbaijan, were also bumped into highest-risk categories for travel.