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Updated: April 26th, 1:02 pm

Planning on travelling in British Columbia? Plan ahead so you can travel safely and responsibly. On this page, you can learn about the latest updates to provincial health orders & recommendations, air travel, weather alerts, and more. For more information on trip planning, such as maps, links to visitor centres around the province, and accessible travel, please visit our Need To Know page.

The Province has created a dedicated phone service to provide British Columbians with non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, seven days a week between 7:30 am-8 pm, at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 1-888-268-4319.

Important Updates

Public Health Measures

CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES (effective March 11, 2022):

Wearing masks in public indoor settings is not required by public health. Wearing a mask is a personal choice. Masks are encouraged on public transit and BC Ferries, but not required.

Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring masks on their premises. It’s important that we respect the choices of people, businesses and one another.

For more details on the current public health measures, click here.

Air Travel to BC

CURRENT AIR TRAVEL TO BC

Effective April 25th, 2022:

  • All travellers are required to complete ArriveCan online or through the free mobile app before entry to Canada.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to complete a pre-entry test for travel to Canada.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers may still continue to undergo random testing upon entry to Canada, but are not required to quarantine while awaiting their results.
  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers will continue to be tested with a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival and on day 8 while they quarantine for 14 days.
  • Children ages 5-11 do not require a COVID-19 test to enter Canada if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
  • Pre-entry tests are still required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers ages 12 and up.

Click here for more information on travel requirements for vaccinated travellers.

For more information on requirements around travelling in and out of British Columbia, click here.

For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website here.

Further details on the COVID-19 situation in BC can be found here.

 

HIGHWAY CLOSURES & TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Please check Drive BC for an up-to-date list of closures and events.

Please visit Emergency Info BC for updated details on emergencies including evacuation orders and alerts.

  • Closures remain along Highway #8 between Merritt and Spences Bridge.
  • Construction on the Highway #1 Kicking Horse Canyon Project has begun, and the anticipated completion date is in winter of 2024. Between April 19 and May 20, this route will be closed fully. Please be prepared to take detours via Highway 93 & Highway 95, which will add as much as 90 minutes to your travel time. View the closures schedule here.

Key Resources

Where To Get A COVID-19 Test In BC

There are many placed to get a COVID-19 test in British Columbia. For information on how to find collection centres, pharmacies, and private testing clinics, please click here.

Border Info

CANADIAN BORDER

CURRENT AIR TRAVEL TO BC (effective April 25th, 2022):

Effective April 25th, 2022:

  • All travellers are required to complete ArriveCan online or through the free mobile app before entry to Canada.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to complete a pre-entry test for travel to Canada.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers may still continue to undergo random testing upon entry to Canada, but are not required to quarantine while awaiting their results.
  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers will continue to be tested with a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival and on day 8 while they quarantine for 14 days.
  • Children ages 5-11 do not require a COVID-19 test to enter Canada if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
  • Pre-entry tests are still required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers ages 12 and up.

For more information on requirements around travelling in and out of BC, click here.

For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website here.

Further details on the COVID-19 situation in BC can be found here.

 

PROVINCIAL BORDER

BC is in Step 3 of its Restart Plan and is thrilled to welcome visitors for safe and responsible travel in the province. Get travel ideas, offers, and the latest information at exploreBC.com.

For more information about provincial borders and current travel restrictions, please visit the Province of BC’s Travel Affected by COVID-19 website.

 

Roads and Driving

Check Road Conditions

Always check DriveBC before heading out on the road to learn about the current conditions along your planned route, including webcams, closures, construction delays, or detours.

For more information on route-planning and safe traveling, please visit How To Travel In BC This Spring.

 

BC Ferries

Find all you need to know about travelling with BC Ferries at bcferries.com.

Reservations are highly recommended. If you have questions about travel with BC Ferries, you can contact 1-888-BC Ferry, or www.bcferries.com/contact-us.

Cruises

Find everything you need to know regarding travelling on cruise ships including health protocols, boarding, and disembarkation here.

If you are a traveller requiring COVID-19 testing before your cruise, you can book a test close to the Port of Vancouver here.

Weather Events

WEATHER

 

WILDFIRES

 

FLOODING

 

If you are a tourism industry partner seeking updates about COVID-19 or emergency preparedness, please visit Destination BC’s corporate website.