Self-Isolation on Return to B.C.

Last Updated: June 26, 2020

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Comply with the Quarantine Act

On March 17, 2020, the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) issued a self-isolation order directing people returning to, or arriving in, B.C. from international destinations, including the U.S., to self-isolate.

On March 25, 2020, the federal government implemented a self-isolation plan for returning international travellers on select flights under the Quarantine Act.

  • The federal government will continue to use its authority under the Quarantine Act to ensure compliance with the order to self-isolate, enforceable by RCMP or local police
  • Maximum penalties for breaking self-isolation orders include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months

Information for returning travellers

Self-isolation means staying home and avoiding situations where you could come in contact with others.

Complete the Federal ArriveCAN Application

Travellers must submit a B.C. self-isolation plan and complete the federal ArriveCAN application for approval prior to their return to B.C., or upon arrival.

Download the ArriveCAN application:

Complete a B.C. Self-Isolation Plan

Your plan should be completed and submitted online before, or when, you arrive back in British Columbia.

A self-isolation plan is a legal commitment to self-isolation, enforceable under the Public Health Act.

Your self-isolation plan must consider:

  • The location of your 14-day self isolation 
  • How you will travel to your isolation location
  • Arranging the necessary supports:
    • Food
    • Medications 
    • Child care
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Pet care
  • Social or family support 

Submit your self-isolation plan Note: The form does not work on Internet Explorer

Assessment Process on Arrival

Additional screening measures are in place for people returning to B.C. from international locations including the United States by air, land or sea. 

If you have COVID-19 Symptoms

You are required to disclose symptoms in your self-isolation plan. A government official will review your plan.

  • If your self-isolation plan is adequate, you will proceed home (or your identified location) via private transportation to self-isolate
  • If you do not have an adequate self-isolation plan, you will be directed to government-managed accommodation where you can safely complete your 14-day self-isolation

During your 14-day period of isolation, you must:

  • Undergo any health assessments that a quarantine officer requires
  • Monitor your signs and symptoms
  • Report to the public health authority specified by a screening officer or quarantine officer if you require additional medical care

If you don't have COVID-19 Symptoms

Even if you don't have symptoms, you are required to submit a self-isolation plan that outlines where and how you will self-isolate for 14 days. Your plan will be reviewed by government officials.

If you arrive without an appropriate self-isolation plan in place:

  • Please indicate that you do not have a plan to federal officials at your point of entry into Canada
  • Federal officials will discuss self-isolation requirements and options with you   

How to Self-Isolate Successfully

The BCCDC has guidelines on how to self-isolate.

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Who Must Go Through the Assessment Process?

Unless you are exempt, all international travellers returning to British Columbia must create a self-isolation plan.

  • Workers on the provincial list of essential services who are not named on the federal exemption list must self-isolate and submit a self-isolation plan
  • Workers may be permitted to go to work during their 14 days of self-isolation if their employer deems them critical to operations
  • Permitting an essential service worker to leave self-isolation to go to work is allowed only under certain circumstances as outlined in the Provincial Health Officer's Travellers and Employers Order

Who is Exempt?

Workers exempt from the federal Quarantine Act do not have to create a self-isolation plan. 

  • They are not required to self-isolate for 14 days

Workers exempt under the federal Quarantine Act 

  • Air crew
  • Transportation crew on any plane, train, bus or marine vessel
  • A person invited by the federal Minister of Health to assist with the COVID-19 response
  • A member of the Canadian Forces or a visiting force
  • A person who provides an essential service:
    • Persons making necessary medical deliveries
    • Asymptomatic people in the trade and transportation sector who are important for the movement of goods and people, including:
      • Truck drivers
    • Asymptomatic people who have to cross the border regularly to go to work, including:
      • Health care sector
      • Critical infrastructure workers
    • Asymptomatic people who have to cross the border to provide or receive essential services, including: 
      • Emergency responders
      • Personnel providing essential services to Canadians related to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • A person whose presence in Canada is in the national interest (as defined by federal Ministers)
  • A person permitted to work in Canada as a provider of emergency services
  • A person providing medical care or transporting essential medical equipment, supplies, or means of treatment
  • A person who enters Canada to receive essential medical services or treatments, other than services or treatments for COVID-19

Points of Entry

Government officials are reviewing self-isolation plans at B.C. airports and land border crossings.