TORONTO, July 23, 2021 – With lucrative stakes races approaching and travel restrictions loosening, Woodbine Entertainment is ready to welcome participants from the United States to Woodbine Racetrack.
As of August 9, 2021, Canada will begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel.
Fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada. Any unvaccinated travellers entering Canada will be required to quarantine for 14 days, unless granted a quarantine exemption.
All travellers arriving in Canada are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the prior 72 hours. Woodbine will also seek proof of this negative COVID-19 test for its own records.
August and September mark the richest months of racing during the 2021 Woodbine Thoroughbred season with more than $8 million in stakes to be contested plus additional world-class racing opportunities. A total of 15 graded stakes, including five Grade 1 events, will be contested through August and September. To view the entire stakes schedule, click here.
With this significant part of the racing season nearing, owners, trainers and jockeys from the United States should familiarize with the new Canada border measures ahead of its reopening on August 9. A “Entering Canada Checklist” can be found by clicking here.
Ahead of the August 9 border reopening, any individual coming from outside Canada seeking immediate access to Woodbine Racetrack will be permitted if a quarantine exemption is granted and a negative COVID-19 test is provided. Those individuals will be enrolled in Woodbine’s Enhanced Screening Program.
Woodbine Entertainment looks forward to welcoming all members of the racing community over the coming weeks and months. Participants can find all relevant racing information and contact information by visiting www.Woodbine.com/Horsepeople/.
Woodbine Press Release
Photo: Racing action on the Inner Turf from July 15, 2021, at Woodbine Racetrack (Michael Burns)