Travel Affected by COVID-19

Travel precautions are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. British Columbians who feel comfortable traveling around B.C. must do it in a way that protects the communities they visit.

Last updated: July 3, 2020

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Canada-U.S. Borders 

The restriction of all non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border is now extended to July 21, 2020.

Additional screening measures are in place at key points of entry.

  • Unless exempt, travellers returning to Canada are required to complete and submit a Self Isolation Plan 

U.S. Travellers through B.C.

Travel to Canada for non-essential reasons, such as for tourism, recreation or entertainment, is currently prohibited.

The Canada Border Service Agency is permitting individuals to enter Canada to travel directly to Alaska or from Alaska to mainland U.S., with the expectation they proceed directly to their destination and self-isolate during any necessary overnight stops.

  • People traveling to or from Alaska must take a direct route, making only necessary stops for gas (pay at the pump), food (drive-through if possible) or overnight rest and should follow all COVID-19 safety precautions
  • People travelling through B.C. under this exemption should not interact with others
  • People should not travel through B.C. if they are ill or have COVID-19 symptoms
  • If people are misleading officials at the border and not proceeding directly to their final destination, there are penalties and fines relating to the federal Quarantine Act

On July 2, the Government of Canada extended the Emergency Order requirements related to mandatory isolation and quarantine until Aug. 31, 2020, for travellers entering Canada.


Inter-Provincial Travel

If you are travelling to B.C. from another province or territory within Canada you are expected to follow the same travel guidelines as everyone else in B.C. and travel safely and respectfully.

If you are travelling from B.C. to another province, please check with that province for travel restrictions or guidance in place.


Air Travel

All air travellers, with some exceptions, are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while travelling.


Ferries

BC Ferries

BC Ferries has temporarily reduced sailings on some routes.

  • Visit BC Ferries for information about service reductions and current schedules

Please Note: Passengers over the age of two on routes longer than 30 minutes are required to be in possession of a face covering that covers their mouth and nose.

  • Passengers are asked to wear this covering in situations when a physical separation of two meters cannot be maintained

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.  
  • Follow direction of crew at all times. 
  • These measures are in effect until further notice.  
  • Find restrictions and other information related to specific sailings

Recreational Sites

Before travelling, check if there are restrictions in place for active transportation routes and recreational sites.

BC Parks

On May 14, 2020, the majority of provincial parks opened for day-use.

On June 1, 2020, BC Parks campgrounds and backcountry camping opened for overnight use and reservations.

  • Not all parks and campgrounds are open
  • Check the BC Parks website for closures

Recreation Sites and Trails BC

On June, 1 2020, camping opened for overnight use.

Parks Canada

On June 1, 2020, some Parks Canada locations started offering limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures and some Parks Canada locations have since also opened for camping.

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


Highway Operations

DriveBC

Provincial highway operations continue to provide safe and efficient travel.

Rest Areas

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

Safe and clean facilities are important for all travellers, 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 handwashing stations or fully plumbed washrooms
  • For facilities that do not, people are encouraged to use disposable rubber gloves or their own handwashing/sanitizing supplies

Passenger Transportation

Public Transportation

Taxi, Ride-Hail and Intercity Buses

Transportation services such as taxis, ride-hailing and intercity buses are 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.