Proof of vaccination
Proof of vaccination is no longer required to access businesses, events and services in B.C.
Last updated: April 29, 2022
On this page:
- The provincial proof of vaccination requirement has been lifted
- Federal proof of vaccination travel requirements
- Information for businesses
There is no Provincial Health Officer order requiring events, services or businesses to check proof of vaccination.
Individual businesses and event organizers may continue to require proof of vaccination for entry to their premises. It’s important that we respect the choices of people, businesses and one another.
The Government of Canada requires all travellers 12 years and 4 months 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
You can download proof of vaccination for you and your family, including kids under 12.
Events, services and businesses aren't required to check proof of vaccination.
If you want, your business can choose to continue requiring proof of vaccination. If you decide to require proof of vaccination, you must do your own due diligence and follow all relevant laws. You can also continue to use the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app.
Scan the customer's QR code
You can use the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app to scan a customer's QR code to verify their proof of vaccination. The QR code will be on their phone or a piece of paper. You can scan:
- BC Vaccine Cards
- Federal proofs of vaccination
- QR codes from other provinces and territories (PDF, 612 KB)
A QR code is the square shaped image and is a type of bar code that can be read by a digital device. B.C. is using the SMART Health Card QR code format, a requirement of the federal government. This means the QR code only stores the absolute minimum level of information and is not connected to other health records.
The Vaccine Card Verifier app
Download the BC Vaccine Card Verifier app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app is free to download and works on smartphones and tablets.
- Download the app on iOS (Requires Apple iOS 11 or later)
- Download the app on Android. (Requires Android 8.1 or later)
After you've finished downloading, you can continue to use the app offline. No internet connection is required to scan QR codes. You must allow the app to access your device camera.
The QR code is a personal document. You can't take a photo of a customer's vaccine card, even if they consent. If a customer is concerned about privacy, you can tell them:
- The BC Vaccine Card Verifier app does not store any data
- The QR code contains the minimum information required to verify a vaccination record
- The vaccine card system is not connected to any other health records