Information about business travel during COVID-19.
Latest Update: November 19th: In the latest Provincial Health Order, Dr. Bonnie Henry has strongly recommended all non-essential travel should be avoided across the entire province. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. See the latest PHO Order.
Update - November 7th, 2020: From November 7th, 2020 at 10pm to November 23rd, 2020 at 12pm travel into and out of the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley should be limited to essential travel only. See the latest PHO Order.
Latest: Canada-US border to remain closed until at least December 21st, 2020.
The Government of British Columbia is advising against all non-essential travel outside B.C., including international travel. From June 24th, 2020, you can travel within B.C. if you follow the guidelines below.
Before you travel anywhere, research Government of B.C. travel information.
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.
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
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.