Travel and COVID-19

If you're travelling within Canada or leaving the country, make a plan to show proof of vaccination.

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Last updated: November 30, 2021

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Federal requirements for travel within Canada

The Government of Canada requires all travellers 12 years and 4 months of age and older to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination to use federally regulated methods of travel:

  • Departing from any Canadian airport
  • Travelling on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains
  • Staying on a non-essential passenger vessel for more than 24 hours (like a cruise ship)
    • ​BC Ferries does not require proof of vaccination

Note: For travel within Canada, you're considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you get your second dose of vaccine.

Federal COVID-19 proof of vaccination for travel

The Government of Canada has created a federal COVID-19 proof of vaccination document for travel. It's recommended you use the document for travel within Canada and internationally.

What the federal COVID-19 proof of vaccination looks like

The federal COVID-19 proof of vaccination document has the Government of Canada flag and a QR code that contains your COVID-19 vaccination history.


How to get the federal COVID-19 proof of vaccination

People who live in B.C. have 3 options to get Canada's COVID-19 proof of vaccination for travel, the same way you got your BC Vaccine Card. It's free to get. If someone is asking you to pay for the document, it's a scam. 

I don't have the BC Services Card app

To log in securely without the app, you need to provide your:

  • Date of birth 
  • Personal Health Number (PHN)
  • Date you got dose 1 or dose 2

Once you've logged in, you can save or print the PDF document containing your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination. Select the Save As option and pick PDF (Federal proof). 

Log in with PHN

I have the BC Services Card app

You can log in to Health Gateway securely using the BC Services Card app. Once you've logged in, Canada's COVID-19 proof of vaccination is available on your Health Gateway dashboard and can be saved or printed as a PDF.

Log into Health Gateway

You can order a paper copy to be sent to you by mail.

Note: You can't request a paper copy for someone else.

Call: 1-833-838-2323 | Translators are available

Outside Canada and the USA: 1-604-681-4261

Seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm (PDT)

Statutory holidays, 9 am to 5 pm (PDT)

Telephone for the Deaf: Dial 711

Video Relay Services (VRS) provides sign language interpretation free for registered deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired people.

You can print a copy at most Service BC offices. Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey locations don't offer printed copies​.

Office hours vary by location. Check before you go:

Note: If you need a printed copy for a child, you must bring them with you to the office.


Travelling internationally

Many international destinations may accept Canada's COVID-19 proof of vaccination. Each country makes the final decision on what they accept as proof of vaccination.

When you return to Canada, you must use ArriveCAN to submit your travel and health details in the 72 hours before your arrival back in the country.