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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: April 25, 2022


 

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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.

 

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

  • Level 2: Practise enhanced health precautions when travelling internationally. 
  • COVID-19 and cruise ship travel: If you decide to take a cruise outside of Canada, there are some important facts you should consider. 

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. 

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


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. Many 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

Pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under the age of 12 are no longer required to provide a valid pre-entry test result, if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult. You must still use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.

 
Visit the Government of Canada for more details about:
  • Who can travel to Canada
  • Vaccination requirements for travellers entering Canada
  • Completing the ArriveCAN application and providing proof of vaccination before arriving

  • Testing for those who are not fully vaccinated and 12 years and older
  • Quarantine or isolation if not qualified as fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated travellers 
For those who are exempt from quarantine, you must:
  • maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada
  • monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Learn more about the exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers
  • Unvaccinated children aged 5 through 11 are required to wear a mask when in public spaces such as schools and days camps
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people age 12 and older may be required to:

Children and dependents

  • Children under 5 are exempt from vaccination requirements. They are also exempt from pre-entry testing, arrival testing and quarantine, without any limitations on their activities. 
  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated children aged 5 to 11 are no longer required to provide a valid pre-entry test result, if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult. They don't need to wait 14 days before attending school, camp or daycare. However they will need to wear a mask in public settings for 14 days after arrival to Canada.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated 12 to 17 year olds should quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and take all required tests, including a pre-entry, arrival and day 8 test. 
  • Dependents, 18 years of age or over who are unvaccinated because of mental or physical limitation may enter but must follow all testing and quarantine requirements.
  • Learn about entry requirements for children and dependents

Visit the Government of Canada website for further details and the most up to date information.


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 people who were vaccinated outside of Canada.

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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