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Check the COVID-19 situation where you plan to visit. Follow local guidance and take precautions to prevent COVID-19. 

International travellers should plan ahead for the travel requirements of their destination and for returning home.

Last updated: November 30, 2021


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Travel within Canada

Travellers need to be fully vaccinated to board a plane, train or cruise ship in Canada. This applies to all travellers 12 years and four months of age and older. You're considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the full series of vaccines or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada.

Travel within Canada is federally regulated. Learn more about the Government of Canada's proof of vaccination for travel.

The federal COVID-19 proof of vaccination document is the most reliable way to show proof of vaccination for travel within Canada.

BC residents: Get your federal proof of vaccination


British Columbians travelling to other provinces or territories should check their destination's public health information for any travel restrictions. Follow local, provincial or territorial guidance.


Check the provincial and territorial travel restrictions.

You do not need to quarantine when entering B.C. from another province or territory. 

People travelling by air, train or cruise ship will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated. 

While in B.C., you must follow the same guidelines and restrictions as everyone else. Please travel safely and respectfully while you’re visiting.


You will need to show proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses in B.C. using a provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record and valid government photo ID.

 

Travel within B.C.

When travelling, follow the same precautions you use at home to prevent COVID-19. Plan ahead by checking if towns, communities and regions are ready to welcome you. 

  • For current conditions and travel advisories on BC ferries or roads, visit the BC Ferries or Drive BC websites.
  • For information on Provincial or National parks, recreation areas, historic sites and campgrounds visit the BC Parks or Parks Canada websites.
  • Some Indigenous communities in B.C. remain closed to visitors. They look forward to welcoming visitors in the 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 visitor

International travel

  • You should be fully vaccinated by having received a complete COVID-19 vaccine series in Canada or abroad at least 14 days before travelling.
  • If you’re unvaccinated or partially vaccinated (i.e., one dose of a two-dose series), you are more likely to get and spread the virus that causes COVID-19. Continue avoiding non-essential travel to all destinations.
  • Avoid all cruise ship travel outside of Canada.

See the Government of Canada's latest travel advice and advisories.

Leaving Canada

Follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Check to find out who can enter the country and if there are any vaccination, testing, quarantine, or other requirements. 

The Government of Canada has developed the federal COVID-19 proof of vaccination document for travel. It does not guarantee you entry into another country. Before you travel, you must check the rules of your destination country and the countries you transit through. 

Travellers need to be fully vaccinated to board a plane, train or cruise ship from Canada. This applies to all travellers 12 years and four months of age and older. You're considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada.

The Canada COVID-19 proof of vaccination is different from the B.C. proof of vaccination.

Canada and B.C. are following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidance on approved vaccines and accepts a single dose of Janssen vaccine or two doses of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, Pfizer, Moderna, SinoPharm, Sinovac, or COVAXIN either two of the same or a combination.

Some countries may not accept travellers with mixed vaccines. It is expected that vaccination requirements will change over time. At this time B.C. does not provide additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to most people who have received a mixed dose series of WHO-approved vaccines for the purpose of non-essential travel.

In B.C., testing is generally not available through the provincial health care system for people without symptoms including routine screening for travel. There are private clinics that offer testing for a fee.

 

Different regions require different kinds of COVID-19 testing for entry. Most countries require a viral PCR or antigen test taken within 1 to 3 days of departure. Check local public health guidance to find testing requirements.

 

A list of private testing clinics is available on the Testing page

If you test positive for COVID-19 while travelling, you may need to self-isolate and will not be able to enter Canada while infectious. Be aware that you may need to stay at your destination for longer than expected.

 

Pay attention to the federal requirements for entering Canada and plan ahead to ensure you can meet all the testing and other requirements for returning.

 

Entering Canada

The Government of Canada has implemented border measures for all travellers who have been in the Southern Africa region.

The measures are in place until January 31, 2022, and apply to people who have been in South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia within the previous 14 days.

Canadians citizens, those registered under the Indian Act, and permanent residents, who have been in the Southern Africa region must follow new pre-entry testing requirements, and enhanced testing, screening, and quarantine measures upon arrival.

Foreign nationals who have been in these countries will not be permitted entry into Canada.

If you arrived in Canada from these regions on or after November 13, 2021, please quarantine and get tested for COVID-19 regardless of whether or not you have symptoms. Encourage your close contacts to get tested too. Find a testing location.


Visit the Government of Canada for more details about:
Requirements include:

  • Completing the ArriveCAN application and providing proof of vaccination before arriving and during your quarantine
  • Getting tested before entering Canada and possibly again once you arrive in Canada
  • Screening at the border 
  • Quarantine for those who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada and who meet specific conditions will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day 8. Learn more about the exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers.
    • Unvaccinated children under the age of 12, accompanying a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent or guardian, should take a pre-entry, arrival and a day 8 test and follow certain restrictions for 14 days. Learn about the federal travel restrictions for unvaccinated children.
    • Unvaccinated 12 to 17 year olds should quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and take all required tests. Learn more.

  • Other travellers entering Canada can expect to:

International students should also check with their educational institution's website for their campus policies and requirements as well as information on local testing and vaccination clinics.


Learn about COVID-19 vaccination in B.C. for international students.

Practise COVID-19 precautions 

Monitor your health before, during and after travelling. 

  • Stay home and do not travel if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • If you, or anyone in your travelling group, develops symptoms while travelling, self-isolate and stay away from others. 
  • Contact your health care provider, dial 8-1-1 or use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help you find out if you need further assessment or to be tested for COVID-19. If you are travelling outside of B.C. when symptoms develop, you will need to seek care locally.
  • Be respectful of communities you plan to visit
  • Check with regions or communities before travelling. Respect each community's decision whether they are ready to welcome out of town visitors. 
  • Check with the places you are hoping to visit to get the latest information on closures or restrictions.



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