Travel Affected by COVID-19

Provincial highway operations continue to ensure safe and efficient travel. The transportation network is essential for maintaining the critical supply chain and ensuring people have access to essential food, medicine, goods and services. 

Travel restrictions and precautions are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Asymptomatic people in the trade and transportation sector, including truck drivers, may be exempt from restrictions.

Now is not the time to travel for tourism or recreation. By temporarily avoiding non-essential travel, British Columbians can do their part to protect vulnerable people in communities from COVID-19.

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Canada-US Borders 

All Canada-US border crossings are restricted to essential travel March 21 for the duration of the provincial state of emergency, at which point it will be reviewed by both parties. “Non-essential” includes travel considered tourism or recreational in nature.  

Additional screening measures are in place at the borders, and travelers returning to Canada will be required to complete and submit a Self Isolation Plan unless they are exempted.

BC-Alberta Border

AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL over the BC-ALBERTA BORDER

BC-Northwest Territories Border

BC-Yukon Border

Access to Recreational Sites and Active Transportation Routes

There are restrictions and full closures in place for active transportation routes and recreational sites (including parks and protected areas).

Active Transportation 

Guidelines and resources for communities developing active transportation routes that allow for recommended physical distancing.

Recreation Sites and Trails BC

BC Parks

On May 14, BC Parks will start to reopen the majority of provincial parks for day-use. 

On June 1, BC Parks will re-open most provincial campgrounds and back-country camping.

Parks that attract large crowds will remain closed until it is safe to reopen at a later date. Backcountry campgrounds in some parks with high day use will also remain closed.

Parks Canada

Starting June 1, some Parks Canada places will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. Openings will differ across the country. 

Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open. Commercial and through traffic is permitted on these corridors. Please note that parking is not permitted on highways and roadways. 

Rest Areas

Provincial highway rest areas are open and our maintenance contractors are systematically monitoring them to ensure they are clean, sanitary and well stocked daily.

Safe, clean facilities are important for all travellers, and especially commercial truckers moving essential goods to maintain the supply chain.

  • Use only the supplies you need during your stop
  • Practise physical distancing and proper hygiene
  • Most provincial rest areas are equipped with either hand washing stations or fully plumbed washrooms
  • For facilities that do not, people are encouraged to use disposable rubber gloves or their own hand washing/sanitizing supplies

Ferries

BC Ferries

BC Ferries has temporarily reduced sailings on some routes. Visit BC Ferries for information about service reductions and proactive measures they are taking to mitigate the​ spread of infectious disease including COVID-19 at coastal ferries and terminals.

Inland Ferries

Inland Ferries are in compliance with federal directives on COVID-19, and the following measures are now in place: 

  • Passengers must remain inside vehicles during sailings. 
  • All passenger amenities aboard the ferry are closed.  
  • Walk-on passengers, cyclists and motorcyclists must remain inside designated zones while in the terminal, and while aboard the ferry.  
  • Walk-on passengers, cyclists, and motorcyclists with symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted aboard the inland ferries.  
  • Busy sailings may be impacted by reduced passenger limits.  
  • Avoid all non-essential travel. 
  • Follow direction of crew at all times. 
  • These new measures are effective April 6, 2020 until further notice.  
  • Find restrictions and other information related to specific sailings

Passenger Transportation

Essential service workers rely on the passenger transportation industry to get them to work and home. It is also critical for the wheelchair accessibility community who may need to get to medical appointments, or pick up items such as prescriptions or groceries.

Public Transportation

For information see

Taxi, Ride-hail and Intercity Buses

Transportation services such as taxis, ride-hailing and intercity buses are encouraged to remain open.

Transportation services must follow the orders and guidance provided by the Public Health Officer to ensure safe operations and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

George Massey Tunnel Shuttle

The shuttle operator is currently limiting the number of passengers per trip, but will return to pick up overflow. The operator may choose not to carry someone showing symptoms.

Air Travel

Travel restrictions and precautions are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.