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When travelling, follow the same public health guidance you use at home to prevent COVID-19, and plan ahead by checking that towns, communities and regions are ready to welcome you.
Last updated: July 27, 2020 at 5:45 PM

For information related to confirmed cases of COVID-19 on domestic and international flights, cruises and places or events, please visit our Public Exposures page. 

Travel within British Columbia

Before you travel in B.C., whether for business, recreation, or tourism, there are important things to do and consider: 
  • “Know before you go”: Some towns, communities and regions are eager to welcome B.C. visitors with safety measures in place while others might be hesitant to welcome outside visitors at this time. It is important to respect each community’s decision. Call or check ahead to find out what is open
    • Check with the businesses you are hoping to visit to get the latest information on closures or restrictions for out of town visitors.
    • For current conditions and travel advisories on BC ferries or roads, visit the BC Ferries or Drive BC webpages.
    • For information on Provincial or National parks, recreation areas, historic sites and campgrounds visit the BC Parks or Parks Canada webpages.
    • Many Indigenous communities in BC remain closed to visitors. They look forward to welcoming visitors in future when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please visit Indigenous Tourism BC’s website for a list of Indigenous experiences in the province that are currently open to visitors.
  • Be respectful of communities you plan to visit
    • Be as self-sufficient as possible by bringing food and other supplies with you. 
    • Keep your stay short
    • Make as few stops as possible along the way
  • Be prepared to practice the same precautions away, as you would at home:
    • Maintain 2 metre physical distancing with people outside your travel group
    • Wear a mask if you cannot keep a safe distance from people outside of your travel group for an extended period of time
    • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly 
    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow. Throw away your tissue and wash or sanitize your hands as soon as possible. 

Vacation accommodations

  • The Provincial Health Officer’s Order on Gatherings and Events limits the number of people in vacation accommodations, including for house, cabin, yurt and boat rentals, as well as hotel rooms, to the capacity of the space, plus up to a maximum of five visitors. Contact information for all guests and visitors must be collected.
It is very important that you stay at home and not travel if you or someone in your travel group has symptoms or does not feel well. If you become ill while travelling, you need to self- isolate and call 8-1-1 for guidance. 

Be patient and understanding with people in communities you are visiting and of visitors to your community. 

Related Information

Travelling between provinces

If you are travelling to B.C. from another province or territory within Canada, you are expected to follow the same travel guidelines as everyone else in B.C. and travel safely and respectfully.  

British Columbians travelling to other provinces or territories should check the region’s public health information to find out about l travel restrictions and follow the local provincial or territorial guidance. The BC Government website offers some information on inter-provincial travel.

Monitoring your health

Monitor your health before, during and after travelling. If you, or anyone in your travelling group, develop even one symptom that is similar to that of a cold or flu, even if mild, self-isolate and stay away from others. 

If you develop symptoms, contact your health care provider, 8-1-1 or use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool help you find out if you need further assessment or if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

International travel

Unless you are exempt, all travellers arriving in B.C. from outside of Canada are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days and complete the federal ArriveCAN application prior or upon arrival in B.C. More information and a link to ArriveCAN are available on the BC Government website for returning travellers. 

Travel to Canada for non-essential reasons, such as for tourism, recreation or entertainment, is currently prohibited. Travellers to and from the United States going to and from Alaska are permitted to enter British Columbia on the condition they proceed directly to their destination and self-isolate during any necessary overnight stops. More information is available on the BC Government website.

Border screening

The Government of Canada has put in place enhanced border measures at Canadian airports, and land and sea borders to help identify travellers returning to Canada who may be ill—regardless of where they are coming from. This includes making information readily available and raising awareness among all travellers about what they should do if they develop symptoms of COVID-19. 

All people entering Canada by air, sea, or land are required to self-isolate for 14 days even if they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

In addition, the Government of Canada will now require temperature screenings for all passengers flying in or to Canada. Passengers departing Canadian airports for either international or domestic destinations will also be subject to a temperature screening

Go to the Government of Canada for the latest travel information,  travel alerts and advice for travellers without symptoms returning to Canada

Cruise ships

Canadians are also being advised to avoid all cruise ship travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.  

For information related to confirmed cases of COVID-19 on cruise ships, visit our Public Exposures page.
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