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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: September 7, 2021

When travelling, follow the same precautions you use at home to prevent COVID-19, and plan ahead by checking that towns, communities and regions are ready to welcome you. Learn more about travelling in B.C.

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Practise COVID-19 precautions 

Monitor your health

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.

Plan ahead

  • Be respectful of communities you plan to visit: It is important to check with regions or communities before travelling and 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. 
  • Be prepared to practice the same public health guidance and precautions away, as you would at home:
    • Avoid crowded areas
    • Wearing a mask in indoor public spaces is recommended.
    • 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.

  • Refer to the BC Government’s information on travel for the latest advisories and guidelines. 

    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 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.

Travelling between provinces

If you are travelling to B.C. from another province, you are expected to follow the same guidelines as everyone else and travel safely and respectfully. You do not need to self-quarantine when entering B.C.

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

International travel

  • Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice
  • Avoid all cruise ship travel outside of Canada

See the Government of Canada website for information on travel advisories.

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.

  • Other travellers entering Canada can expect to:
  • Visit the Government of Canada website for further details and the most up to date information.

  • International students should 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.
Refer to the Government of Canada's guidance on travel outside of Canada. Some countries require proof of COVID-19 vaccination and/or COVID-19 tests prior to travel. 

You can access your COVID-19 vaccination records using Health Gateway.

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

B.C. is following the World Health Organizations’ (WHO) guidance on approved vaccines. A complete vaccination series is two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna; either two of the same type or a combination. 

Some countries are not yet considering mixed vaccines as a complete series. It is expected that vaccination requirements will change over time as the evidence from mixed vaccine series studies becomes incorporated into policies.

You will need to adhere to the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to regarding entry, quarantine, etc.

At this time B.C. will not be providing additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to anyone that has received a mixed dose series of WHO-approved vaccines for the purpose of travel.

COVID-19 exposures during travel

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

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