Information about business travel during COVID-19. Before you travel anywhere, research Government of B.C. travel information.
Latest Update - April 23rd, 2021: An order restricting non-essential travel between certain regions of the province is in place until midnight on May 25th, 2021. This includes travel for:
- Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities
- Visiting family or friends for social reasons
- Recreation activities
On this page:
- Guidelines for International Travel
- Guidelines for B.C. Travel
- Canada's Flight Plan for Navigating COVID-19
Guidelines for International Travel
Unless you are exempt, all travellers returning to Canada are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days.
- For travellers arriving to Canada by land, as of February 15, 2021, all travellers, with some exceptions, will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival, or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival.
- As of February 22, 2021, travellers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine.
- All travellers arriving to Canada by air, as of February 22, 2021, with some exceptions, will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. With limited exceptions, air travellers, will also be required to reserve, prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. Travellers will be able to book their government-authorized stay starting February 18, 2021. These new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travellers.
- From February 22, 2021, all travellers, whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight.
- Effective February 3rd, 2021, all international flights (including private/business and charter flights) will be funnelled through Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal.
Self-Isolation and Quarantine
On March 25, 2020, the Government of Canada implemented a self-isolation plan for returning international travellers 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
On January 29th, 2021, the Government of Canada announced steps to ensure travellers’ compliance with quarantine requirements. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is working with security companies to help complete compliance checks for travellers arriving in Canada. Screening Officers will visit travellers’ quarantine locations to ensure they are following quarantine protocols they identified upon entry into Canada.
International travellers will not be able to access recovery benefits during mandatory quarantine.
- View Government of British Columbia information on Travel Affected by COVID-19.
Guidelines for B.C. Travel
All non-essential travel within B.C. should be avoided at this time. If you must travel, take the same precautions as you do at home and work:
- Wash your hands often
- Practice safe distancing of 2m
- Spend time in small groups and open spaces
- Clean spaces often
- If you are feeling sick, stay home
- Plan ahead to make sure the community you want to visit is welcoming visitors
- Be respectful of locals
- Contact the local tourism association or Chamber of Commerce to learn what services are available
If you are travelling to smaller communities:
- Bring groceries and essential supplies, if possible
- If you get sick, self-isolate immediately and contact 8-1-1 for guidance and testing
- If communities are welcoming visitors, support their small businesses when you can
If you develop symptoms while travelling, self-isolate immediately and contact 8-1-1 for guidance and testing.
Canada's Flight Plan for Navigating COVID-19
Transport Canada has worked closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada, provinces and territories, air operators, and airports to put in place a series of health and safety measures to protect travellers.
Key safety measures include:
- Physical distancing measures in airports
- Cleaning and disinfecting protocols in airports
- All screening staff in airports to wear gloves and masks
- All crew members and most airport staff to wear face coverings and undertake temperature checks
- All travellers to wear face coverings or non-medical masks and undertake health checks and visual screenings for symptoms at airports
Read the full Canada’s Flight Plan for Navigating COVID-19.