Last updated: September 10, 2021 at 9:00AM
UPDATE! Canada welcomes back international travellers: As of September 7, the Federal Government will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter Canada for non-essential purposes, including tourism, as long as they meet entry conditions. Learn more
UPDATE! Proof of vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card: Effective September 13, people aged 12 and over will be required to show proof of vaccination to get into many events and businesses in BC. Learn more
As we gather details on the vaccine card from the Provincial Government, we will provide updated Messaging Guidance for BC’s Tourism Industry on our Messaging & Toolkit page.
Beginning August 9, fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the USA) have been able to enter Canada for leisure travel. If they meet the entry criteria, fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine upon arrival to Canada. BC tourism businesses and organizations can refer to the Industry Messaging Guidance for US Visitors, which includes key messaging, information on entry requirements, and a comprehensive FAQ.
The Province moved to Step 3 of its Restart Plan on July 1, allowing Canada-wide recreational travel, a return to normal hours for liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs with table limits to be determined by the venue, increased capacity for organized indoor and outdoor gatherings, and more.
While moving to Step 3 signals the end to the provincial state of emergency (on June 30 at 11:59 pm), BC’s public health emergency remains in effect to support amended public health orders from BC’s provincial health officer, Dr Bonnie Henry, with reduced requirements.
During Step 3, businesses are gradually transitioning to new communicable disease plans, and can refer to WorkSafeBC’s Communicable disease prevention: A guide for employers. These guidelines were developed in consultation with public health and businesses will continue to be supported by WorkSafeBC and the PHO as they transition.
BC tourism businesses can refer to the Messaging Guidance for July 1 until further notice related to Step 3 of BC’s four-step Restart Plan. The document includes marketing messaging, responsible travel infographics, and a comprehensive FAQ.
The Province’s Restart Plan to bring British Columbians back together is following a careful, four-step framework focused on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal. Please visit the Government of BC’s Restart page for more information, including guidelines and advice, at: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart
View BC’s Restart Plan Step 3 changes at a glance here: news.gov.bc.ca/files/RestartBC_Step3.pdf
If you have symptoms and may have been exposed to COVID-19, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for the virus. You can complete the assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.
To arrange for further assessment or testing, call your local primary care provider or 8-1-1, or for deaf or hard of hearing call 7-1-1.
In partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, BC’s Ministry of Health, and other industry partners, we have created an FAQ. This will be continually updated, providing information from BC, national, and international partners to give you the information you need as it relates to travel and tourism. It will help you answer questions from your staff, visitors, and partners.FAQs
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