Self-Quarantine on Return to B.C.
Unless you are exempt, all international travellers returning to B.C. are required by law to self-quarantine for 14 days and complete the federal ArriveCAN application prior to their return or upon arrival.
Last updated: September 3, 2020
On this page:
- Complete the federal ArriveCAN application
- Assessment process on arrival
- Optional: Complete a B.C. self-quarantine plan
- Inter-provincial travel
Travellers arriving in B.C. from international locations including the United States by air, land or sea must complete the federal ArriveCAN application. The application can be completed prior to your return or on arrival.
Submit your ArriveCAN application online
Comply with the Federal Quarantine Act
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
Service BC will conduct compliance and wellness checks to ensure travellers can effectively maintain their 14-day self-isolation.
The following people are exempt from the federal Quarantine Act. They do not have to complete the federal ArriveCAN application and are not required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Workers who are on the B.C. government's list of essential services but not on this list are still required to self-isolate.
- 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
In addition to the ArriveCAN application, federal screening measures are in place for all travellers arriving in Canada, including B.C.
When entering Canada, you'll be:
- Asked if you have a cough, fever or difficulty breathing
- Required to acknowledge that you must:
- Quarantine for 14 days if you don't have symptoms
- Isolate for 14 days if you have symptoms
- Quarantine for 14 days if you don't have symptoms
- Provide traveller contact information through the ArriveCAN application
In addition to the federal ArriveCAN Application, travellers arriving in B.C. are encouraged to complete a self-quarantine plan. Completing the plan will help you prepare to self-quarantine successfully. It's important to consider:
- The location of your 14-day self-quarantine
- How you will travel to your quarantine location
- Arranging the necessary supports:
- Child care
- Cleaning supplies
- Pet care
- Social or family support
Submit your B.C. self-quarantine plan Note: The form does not work on Internet Explorer
How to Self-Quarantine Successfully
The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has guidelines on how to self-quarantine.
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Unless you have COVID-19 symptoms or are within 14 days of returning to Canada, you do not need to self-quarantine when entering B.C. from another Canadian province or territory. You are expected to follow the same travel guidelines as everyone else in B.C. and travel safely and respectfully.