Travel / Immigration
Although the Canada-US border remains closed for discretionary travel, those with valid work permits will be permitted to travel for work.
Recreational travel within B.C. is allowed. This includes travel for: Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities; Visiting family or friends for social reasons.
When travelling, follow the same public health guidance you use at home to prevent COVID-19, and plan ahead by checking that towns, communities and regions are ready to welcome you.
The border remains closed to non-for discretionary travel and travel restrictions are in place across all border crossings.
The following points outline the current Government of Canada regulations for Foreign Nationals seeking entry into Canada for employment:
- B.C. TRAVELLERS AND EMPLOYERS ORDER: Stay apprised of changes through the “B.C. Travellers and Employers Order” under the Provincial Health Officer's "Orders, Notices and Guidance".
- VALID WORK PERMITS: Provided that they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and that all other immigration admissibility criteria are met, travelers with valid or approved work permits will be permitted to travel (See links below for supporting documentation). The type of work that is being done in Canada is not relevant for the purpose of determining whether travel is discretionary or non-discretionary. The CBSA has taken steps to ensure that this misconception is dispelled at the ports of entry. Click here for measures in place for foreign nationals in the film and television industry
ARRIVAL IN CANADA
- COVID-19 TESTING FOR TRAVEL: Effective January 6th, 2021, all travellers five years of age or older are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or LAMP test result to their airline prior to boarding international flights to Canada or to border agents at land crossing. Please refer to the Transport Canada news release for full details.
AIR TRAVEL: The test must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada and must be presented at the time of boarding.
DRIVING: The test must be conducted within 72 hours of arrival at a land border and must be presented at the time of crossing.
- ARRIVAL IN CANADA PROCEDURES – VACCINATED TRAVELLERS
As of July 5th, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions and are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel.
To prepare for arrival in Canada, fully vaccinated travellers should ensure they meet all eligibility requirements and familiarize themselves with requirements for before travel, at the border, and after arrival.
- ARRIVAL IN CANADA PROCEDURES – UNVACCINATED OR PARTIALLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS
To prepare for arrival in Canada, all travellers should familiarize themselves with the requirements for before travel, at the border, and after arrival in Canada.
As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET, all air travellers, unless exempted, will be required to:
- reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada (online booking options available)
- take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada
- stay in the government-authorized hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 molecular test taken on arrival
- pay for the cost of the hotel stay, as well as all associated costs for: food, security, transportation, infection prevention and control measures
- Travellers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN.
- Travellers will still be required to complete the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine after their mandatory hotel stopover.
14-DAY QUARANTINE AFTER ARRIVAL PROCEDURES: In accordance with the existing federal order by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), all travellers, unless exempted, must quarantine for 14 days upon entering Canada (in this case British Columbia) and will need to submit a BC self-isolation plan and complete the federal ArriveCAN application for approval prior to their return to B.C., or upon arrival. The B.C. self-isolation plan can either be completed/submitted online or using a paper form (although the recommendation is to complete/submit the form online before travel to B.C.) At this time, PHAC has not identified any alternatives to this measure. Supporting tools: