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Updated: January 24, 3:43 pm

If you are a tourism industry partner seeking updates about COVID-19 or BC’s flooding situation, please visit Destination BC’s corporate website. For detailed information about how to plan your route around BC, see How to Travel BC This Winter.

Travel Updates

 

Current public health measures:

  • No organized indoor social events and gatherings of any size
  • Concerts, sports games and theatres are reduced to 50% seated capacity, regardless of venue size
  • Bars and nightclubs that do not offer full meal service are closed
  • Tables at restaurants, cafes and pubs are limited to a maximum of six people per table with physical distancing or barriers
  • Indoor, personal gatherings are limited to the household/residents plus 10 individuals, or one additional household maximum, and everyone aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated
  • The BC Vaccine Card is required for organized events of all sizes and the QR code is scanned at events
  • Movement between tables at food and liquor-serving premises is restricted, and masks must be worn when not seated
  • Venues of 1,000 individuals or more are limited to 50% of the seating capacity with reinforced masking requirements and scanning of the BC Vaccine Card QR code
  • All sports tournaments are paused

 

Highway closures and travel restrictions:

  • Please check Drive BC for an up-to-date list of the latest restrictions and advisories
  • On January 19, the Coquihalla Highway will reopen to all traffic
  • On January 24, Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon will reopen to all traffic
  • Closures remain along Highway 8 between Merritt and Spences Bridge

 

Air travel to BC:

Incoming air travellers from all countries except the United States will be required to take COVID-19 tests when they arrive in Canada (at the airport where they land). There is no cost to the traveller for these tests.

  • For those arriving at YVR, please read here for more information.
  • For those arriving at other international airports in BC, please read here for more information.
  • Tests will be required of all travellers, regardless of their vaccination status. The requirement will also apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
  • Incoming travellers will have to self-isolate until they receive results of the test.
  • Canada has temporarily implemented travel restrictions to incoming travellers from certain countries in response to the omicron variant. See the list here.
  • All travellers aged 12 and older taking flights leaving Canadian airports or travelling on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains must be fully vaccinated before boarding.
  • Marine passengers on non-essential passenger vessels like cruise ships must also complete the vaccination series before travelling. Marine vessels do not include ferries.
  • 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.

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.

Key Resources

Border Info

Canadian Border

The Canadian border is now open to fully-vaccinated international visitors who meet the entry criteria:

  • Incoming air travellers from all countries except the United States will be required to take COVID-19 tests when they arrive in Canada (at the airport where they land). There is no cost to the traveller for these tests.
    The tests will be required of all travellers, regardless of their vaccination status. The requirement will also apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
    Incoming travellers will have to self-isolate until they receive results of the test.
  • Fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the USA) are able to enter Canada for leisure travel.
  • Fully vaccinated international visitors from all other countries are now enter Canada for leisure travel.
  • You will need proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses, including indoor ticketed events, indoor and patio dining at restaurants, and fitness centres.
  • International visitors must show:
    • Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada (like ArriveCAN)
    • Passport
  • Learn more about proof of vaccination here.
  • Find out if you can enter Canada here.
  • For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website 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.

  • You need proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses, including indoor ticketed events, indoor and patio dining at restaurants, and fitness centres.
  • People from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:
    • Provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record
    • Valid government photo ID

Learn more about proof of vaccination, here.

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

 

Skiing

What do you need to know? For information on winter fun both on and off the slopes, visit Skiing & Snowboarding. To get the inside scoop on pre-travel prep, see How to Plan Your Ski Trip This Year.

If you are considering planning a trip to BC’s backcountry, please see Avalanche Canada’s Safety in the Snow: What You Need to Know and BC AdventureSmart’s 3 Outdoor Winter Safety Tips Everybody Should Know article for tips on staying safe.

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.

Prepare Your Car

Plan ahead with BCAA’s Ultimate Guide to Safe Road-Tripping in BC, including helpful resources such as the BCAA vehicle checklist, how to pack for an emergency, and more.

Check Weather Conditions

BC’s mountainous terrain means weather conditions can change rapidly within relatively short distances, and snowfall can happen any month in the higher-elevation mountain passes. Before heading out on the road, always check the current weather conditions and weather alerts along your planned journey. Drive for the conditions. If the weather is bad (i.e. snowfall warning along the Coquihalla), delay your drive until the weather and road conditions improve, or consider an alternate route or a different mode of transportation.

Winter Tires

BC’s winter road conditions can include snow and ice. Drivers legally need winter tires from October 1 until April 30 when travelling on all BC highways, even if there’s no snow on the road. Learn all the details about the winter tire requirement from the Government of British Columbia website.

BC Road Rules

Whether you’re new to driving in BC or need a refresher about province’s road rules, see ICBC’s Driving Guides to refresh your knowledge and skills.

What's Open

BC tourism businesses are open and ready to experience in a safe and responsible manner, but it’s still not business as usual. Right now we recommend that you check with the tourism businesses you are hoping to visit to get the latest on-the-ground information. Here are some helpful resources to get you started:

Visitor Centres

If you’re looking to connect with a local tourism expert, there are more than 100 community-owned Visitor Centres and booths across the province that make up BC’s Visitor Services Network.

Accommodations

See our BC Accommodations listings for a full list of accommodations in BC, including hotels, B&Bs, campgrounds, and more.

Attractions

See our Experience Providers listings for a full list of attractions in BC.

Indigenous Experiences

Please visit Indigenous Tourism BC’s website for a list of Indigenous experiences currently open in BC, and familiarize yourself with their valuable tips on how to visit responsibly.

Travel Deals

Find the latest special offers and travel deals for your next BC getaway.

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.

Hiking, Beaches, and Parks

Be AdventureSmart

This summer, many visitors are looking to explore the outdoors in new ways, such as hiking on a new trail, taking up mountain biking, or learning how to kayak. No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, do your research in advance and be prepared. Learn the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials—and apply them to all your outdoor adventures.

Tip: AdventureSmart.ca will be your best friend when it comes to outdoor safety in BC.

Practice Leave No Trace

When exploring BC’s outdoors, always leave it in a better state than when you arrived. Respect local wildlife. Minimize the impact of campfires and check BC Wildfire Service for fire bans and fire safety tips. Pack out what you pack in and dispose of waste properly. These are just some of key principles of Leave No Trace, a set of seven guidelines for enjoying the outdoors responsibly while minimizing your impact on the landscape.

Tip: Visit LeaveNoTrace.ca to learn more about responsible outdoor recreation.

National Parks (Parks Canada)

Check the Parks Canada website for the latest updates on BC’s national parks, such as Pacific Rim (including the West Coast Trail), Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, Mount Revelstoke, and Gwaii Hanaas.

Provincial Parks (BC Parks)

For more information on BC’s provincial parks, please visit the BC Parks website.

Recreation Sites & Trails BC (RSTBC)

For more information, please visit Recreation Sites and Trails BC.

Note: Recreation sites and trails are often accessed by resource roads, also known as forest service roads (FSR). BC’s resource roads are not built or maintained to the same standards as public highways, with many additional hazards such as rough, loose gravel, potholes, sharp corners, large industrial vehicles and other unmarked hazards. High-clearance 4WD vehicles are often required. Remember to check your insurance policy, as some coverage may be void when using these roads. Please read road safety, road use regulations, and road policy information before travelling on forest service roads. For more information, please visit the Government of BC website.

Regional & Municipal Parks

Not all parks fall within national or provincial jurisdiction; many are managed by regional or municipal parks boards, which set their own rules, regulations, openings, and closures to ensure visitor safety. Always check with the park’s website before planning your visit to learn about the latest updates.

Camping

Camping is an extremely popular way to experience British Columbia’s outdoor spaces. Please plan ahead, adhere to any campfire bans, and ensure you’re taking all the appropriate steps to have a safe and enjoyable time. Campground reservations are strongly recommended.

For safety tips, see COVID-19 Tips for Camping and RVing.

Camper’s Code

Please camp responsibly and follow the Camper’s Code.

Private Campgrounds & RV Parks

To find a complete list of campgrounds and RV parks throughout British Columbia, visit the Camping & RV in BC website.

Provincial Parks (BC Parks)

Reservations for BC Parks campgrounds can be made on Discover Camping.