Issue 20-140: Visitor Entries

July 2, 2020

In May, B.C. welcomed around 42 thousand non-resident travellers (seasonally adjusted), of which 76.0% were from the United States. Non-resident traveller entries to Canada through British Columbia went down by 0.2% compared to the previous month and are down by 94.0% when compared to February. Non-essential travel restrictions related to COVID-19 health measures established in March were extended in May, causing travel to be significantly down since March and at a virtual standstill compared to February.

The number of Canadians returning home via B.C. from the U.S. and overseas grew by 5.4% in May compared to April, reaching six thousand travellers in the month although it remains well below February levels (‑99.4%).

Nationally, Canadians made 148,108 trips abroad in May, of which 89.9% were to the United States. Travel to the United States was down 96.4% compared to February. Canadian travel to international destinations outside the United States came to a standstill, with 98.5% fewer trips than in February.

Travel to Canada in May was down by 20.9% in May compared to April, and down 93.7% compared to February. The reduction in the number of travellers entering Canada was widespread across all regions of origin.

Data Source: Statistics Canada