Last Updated: March 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM PST
Like you, we’re passionate about exploring BC. But now is not the time to travel. Please stay home and follow the advice of health authorities.
Do your part now, so we can all explore BC again later. In the meantime, find the official links below for the most up-to-date information.
For tourism industry updates about COVID-19, please visit Destination BC’s corporate website, here.
On March 18, the Prime Minister announced more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, support and new measures include:
On March 16, the Prime Minister announced new actions under Canada’s COVID-19 Response, actions include:
In BC, provincial health officials announced updates on BC’s COVID-19 response, including:
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.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is actively monitoring the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and working with the World Health Organization and other international partners.
While keeping health and safety top of mind, we are working hard to gather new information daily from partners and officials on the current state of travel. We are committed to keeping our visitors updated as new information becomes available. Please check this page frequently for updates.
Canadians are to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada, including to the US. Anyone who chooses to travel outside Canada must practice social distancing for 14 days on their return.
For Canadians who choose to travel, Canada has several active travel health notices for COVID-19. Canadians travelling abroad are encouraged to consult the travel health notices on PHAC here, and are advised to sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service here to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or at home.
Each country or area may have different levels of risk. These risk levels may change as the COVID-19 event evolves internationally.
Helpful links on the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) website include:
Canada will deny entry to travellers who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. Some exceptions apply.
If you are considering travelling and you are not a Canadian, please refer to your local health or travel authorities for the latest information.
Canada is denying entry to travellers who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. With some exception such as air crews and diplomats.
Incoming travellers who are permitted into Canada at this time will be health screened at all borders – land, sea and air. Air operators have been formally mandated to prevent any travellers with symptoms to board a plane at point of origin, meaning anyone who has symptoms will not be able to come to Canada.
The federal government has advised Canadians who have travelled to affected areas and feel unwell to speak to their local healthcare provider or call 8-1-1.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has implemented a number of health-screening measured as directed by PHAC, along with additional cleaning processes and procedures. You can find more information about measures underway at YVR here.
Please contact your airline for the latest information.
Currently BC Ferries is operating with reduced service on some of their routes. Read about the proactive measures they’re taking in response to COVID-19, as well their latest updates on their website, here.
Travellers coming to BC as a part of a cruise should contact their cruise line directly for the latest information on cancellations, changes, or other relevant information.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced an update to the February 7 guidelines for cruise passengers and crew. The additional enhanced screening measures in response to COVID-19 are effective March 4, find them here.
Events over 50 people are not permitted in BC at this time. Please contact your event organization or venue directly for the latest details. For gatherings under 50, refer to PHAC’s risk considerations when deciding whether to postpone or cancel your event here.
All travellers who are visiting BC and begin to feel ill can seek medical attention at local hospitals or urgent care centres.
Note: In suspected cases of the coronavirus, it is important to call ahead to the hospital, doctor or urgent care centre first for advice. Where language may be a barrier, tour operators, accommodation providers, and other tourism businesses can provide support by offering to contact a health-care professional on their behalf. (Symptoms of a coronavirus infection include, but are not limited to, fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and difficulty breathing.)
For travellers who suspect they might have coronavirus symptoms, you must provide health-care professionals with the following info (via phone):
International mobile phones on a Canadian network should be able to access the following phone numbers:
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is working with provinces, territories, and international partners, including the World Health Organization, to actively monitor the situation. Public health risk is being continually reassessed as new information becomes available, with updates being posted to the government’s COVID-19 Updates page. The current assessment indicates that there is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
There are also increased health risks for Canadian travellers abroad. Because of these risks, the Government of Canada advises you to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice, including cruise ship travel.
Canada’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak takes a whole-of-government approach, based on plans and guidance related to pandemic preparedness. For an overview on the national response to the virus outbreak, including national updates, travel advice and links to official sources of information, visit PHAC’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Canada’s response page.
For detailed information about Canada’s response, including the measures already taken to respond to the outbreak, new investments to limit the spread of the virus and prepare for its potential impacts, and more, on the Government of Canada takes action on COVID-19 page.
For any questions, call the Health Canada COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397, or email: [email protected]