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Updated: June 14th, 12:12pm

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.

Key Resources

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

FEDERAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

(Effective June 20th, 2022)

Those travelling within or leaving Canada are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination to board a plane or train.

All travellers entering Canada via air or land border 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.
  • Travellers who don’t qualify as fully vaccinated must provide a valid pre-entry test to enter Canada.
  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers entering Canada 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.

For more information on current federal border measures and requirements, including crossing the border via car, please visit the Government of Canada website here.

 

PROVINCIAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

BC is thrilled to welcome visitors for safe and responsible travel in the province.

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

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.

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.

Roads and Driving

Driving 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.

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

Highway Closures & Construction

  • The Alaska Highway is experiencing single lane alternating traffic 377 to 415 km north of Fort Nelson due to a washout. Follow pilot car and obey signs. Learn more at DriveBC.
  • Construction on the Highway #1 Kicking Horse Canyon Project has begun, and the anticipated completion date is in winter of 2024.
    • All summer (starting June 1st), there will be no daytime stoppages from 7am – 8pm. View the full closures schedule here.
  • Closures remain along Highway #8 between Merritt and Spences Bridge.

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.