COVID-19 Travel

At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province.

For the latest travel advisory information see:

Travelling within BC

British Columbians have been advised to avoid travel within B.C. at this time. It is requested that you do not travel to other regions unless it is essential. For more information see, Government of British Columbia: Travel advisory

Travelling between provinces

Before travelling to another province or territory, check that region’s public health information and travel restrictions. People travelling to B.C. must follow the same guidelines as everyone else in the province.

If you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 on a domestic flight, you do not usually need to self-isolate. You should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days. For more information see BCCDC: Public Exposure

For information from other provincial and territorial governments, see:

International Travel

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises travellers to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. If you must travel, take extra precautions. See Government of Canada: Pandemic COVID-19 all countries: avoid non-essential travel outside Canada

Testing before international travel

Some countries may ask you to take a COVID-19 test or provide proof of negative test results before entry. Routine testing of people without symptoms is not performed in B.C., including for travel purposes. For more details please see BC Centre for Disease Control: Testing information

Entering Canada

New requirements are in place for people arriving in Canada by land or air. Visit Government of Canada: COVID-19: Travel, quarantine and borders for the most up-to-date information.

Requirements include:

  • Using the ArriveCAN app before and after arriving in Canada
  • Getting tested before entering Canada
  • Screening at the border
  • Mandatory 14-day quarantine and further testing upon entry
  • Mandatory 3 night hotel stay for air travellers

If you have questions about self-isolation after returning to Canada, call Service BC at 1-888-COVID19.

Find further travel information for international students, international essential workers and exemptions on the BC Government website.

For more information about returning to Canada after travel see:

For information on flights, cruises and public events with a confirmed case of COVID-19, visit BC Centre for Disease Control: COVID-19 Public Exposures.

Find more information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, your family and your community, see Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Last updated: March 26, 2021

The information provided in the Travel and COVID-19 Health Feature was adapted from the BCCDC: Travel, BCCDC: Public Exposures, Government of BC: Travel and COVID-19, Government of BC, Government of BC: Self-quarantine on return to B.C. and Government of Canada: COVID-19: Travel, quarantine and borders

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