Travel and COVID-19

B.C. is welcoming visitors from Canadian provinces and territories. Respect communities, make a plan before you leave and arrive at your destination prepared.

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Last updated: August 12, 2021

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Recreational travel in B.C.

Recreational travel within B.C. is allowed. This includes travel for:

  • Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities
  • Visiting family or friends for social reasons
  • Recreation activities

Respect communities

Some towns and communities who rely on tourism are eager to welcome visitors from their region.

Others might be hesitant to welcome visitors and people need to respect that.

If communities are welcoming visitors, support their small businesses when you can.

Visiting Indigenous communities

Some Indigenous communities in B.C. are not welcoming visitors at this time.

Indigenous Tourism BC has a list of Indigenous experiences in the province that are currently open and welcoming visitors.

Entering B.C.

From another province or territory

If you travel to B.C. from another province or territory, you do not need to self-quarantine when entering B.C. You must follow the same province-wide restrictions as everyone in B.C.

From a United States border crossing

Fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United States can enter Canada for non-essential travel. Entry to Canada will continue to be prohibited for travellers who are not fully vaccinated.

At the border, you must provide a negative pre-entry test result. Antigen tests are not accepted for entry to Canada.

From an international destination

Travel restrictions are in place across all ports of entry. The Canadian border is closed to most international travellers. You are allowed to enter Canada if you are a:

  • Canadian citizen
  • Permanent resident of Canada
  • Temporary resident of Canada
  • Fully vaccinated United States citizen
  • Fully vaccinated United States permanent resident
  • Protected person (refugee status)
  • Person registered under the Indian Act
  • Foreign national with a non-discretionary (non-optional) reason to travel to Canada

Find out if you can travel to Canada

Federal entry requirements

Federal entry requirements and travel information change often. 

Leaving B.C.

If you travel outside of B.C., do your research before you leave.