Last updated: February 13, 2020
Canada continues to be a safe travel destination. The Public Health Agency of Canada is actively monitoring the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and working with the World Health Organization and other international partners. The current assessment indicates that the overall risk to Canadians remains low. For up-to-date and reliable information about the coronavirus and Canada’s response to this issue, visit The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s online resources here.
BC’s health officials have advised that for the general public no special precautions are recommended beyond the usual measures to prevent infection from other common respiratory viruses. You can find preventative information here on the PHAC’s website and call the Health Canada 2019 coronavirus information line at 1-833-784-4397 with further questions.
Travellers are encouraged to read the PHAC travel advisory here. Canadian travellers are advised to sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service here to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or at home.
At this time, Immigration Canada has temporarily closed all of its visa application centres in mainland China until further notice. As a precautionary measure, China has also curtailed travel to varying degrees, both domestically and internationally. According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Chinese carriers have to make sure there are flights remaining on each approved international route following the majority of foreign carriers’ suspension of their China flights. You can find inbound travel suspension information on the Canadian Inbound Tourism Association’s (Asia Pacific) website here.
Flights and border services
YVR is working with the PHAC and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to facilitate and implement health-screening measures at the airport. You can find more information about measures underway at YVR here.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has issued guidelines related to the coronavirus effective February 7. You can find the enhanced protocols for cruise passengers and crew who have recently traveled from or through China, including Hong Kong and Macau, here. British Columbia’s cruise season does not kick off until April and we are actively monitoring the situation with the Port of Vancouver. We will provide an update as soon as information is available.
Destination BC is working closely with Destination Canada – the lead agency for tourism promotion in China – as the situation evolves. We will align with them on the deployment of any marketing activities in market, and decisions will be made collectively as shifts in tactics are needed.
With health and safety top of mind, it is too early to speculate on potential impact to tourism. We are gathering information from partners and officials on new developments as it relates to our sector to keep BC’s tourism industry informed.
This post will be updated below as we receive new information. Please follow our corporate Twitter account to hear updates as they happen.
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