Travel Directives and Additional Resources
** NEW ** Effective October 30, 2021: To travel from Canadian airports, travellers will need to be considered fully vaccinated.
Travellers: Please arrive 90-minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.
The Government of Canada has issued a number of directives and screening measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website.
- To qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, you must:
- Be eligible to enter Canada on the specific date you enter
- Have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
- Have received the full series of an accepted vaccines
- Have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
- Upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
- Provide a negative pre-entry test result from one of the accepted types of molecular tests (ex. PCR), not an antigen test
- Meet all other entry requirements
- Just Arrived to Canada?
If you are travelling to Canada from another country, all travellers 5 years of age and older will require a negative molecular COVID test 72-hours prior to your departure, regardless of if you are vaccinated or not. As well, travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to take another COVID test upon landing. Travellers who are fully vaccinated may be selected for random mandatory testing upon arrival.
- Domestic Travel Restrictions
If you are travelling within Canada, you do not require a COVID test. The federal government has indicated that they are planning to make this a requirement in the future. Also, some provinces may still have discretionary travel restrictions. Please check with the province you are travelling to for their latest requirements. Travellers who board flights in Canadian airport will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test beginning October 30. Proof of full vaccination will be required as of October 30, 2021.
- Overseas and U.S. Travel Restrictions
If you are travelling internationally, many countries require a negative COVID test for entrance. It is best to get the latest information for testing requirements - including the type of test (molecular or antigen) required - directly from the country you are travelling to. For more information on entry requirements from the International Air Transport Authority's interactive map on entry requirements.
There are no international flights permitted at Victoria International Airport (YYJ at this time as part of the Government of Canada COVID-19 restrictions on international travel.
- The Government of Canada requires air passengers to have non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during portions of their travel through Canadian airports and in-flight. Travellers without a mask will not be allowed to continue with their travel.
For a complete list of COVID-19 measures, updates and guidance issued by Transport Canada please visit their website.
- CATSA, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority under direction from Transport Canada is temporarily permitting additional 350ml of hand sanitizer through security screening. Passengers may be asked to surrender it upon arrival international destinations.
- In response to COVID-19, CATSA has made several changes at security screening to ensure a safe, secure screening experience before you board your flight.
- Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and COVID-19 Information Line 883-784-4397
- Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel advice
- Government of Canada COVID-19 Suite of Tools
- Health Canada has developed a list of tools to help Canadians contain the spread of COVID-19 as the economy continues to re-open and grow. Included in the above link are links to: the COVID Alert app, the Canada COVID-19 app the ArriveCAN app and the Wellness Together portal along with a variety of infographics and videos on how to go out safely and how to use a non-medical mask.
- BC Centre for Disease Control (CDC)
- COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool
- COVID-19 Common Questions
- HealthLink 8-1-1
- 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319)
- Prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Testing and collection centres
- Public Exposures - Flight Exposures
- Travel Advice and Advisories
- ArriveCAN App Information
- Mandatory Self-Isolation on Return to BC
- Aviation Measures in Response to COVID-19
- Canada Covid-19 Mobile App
- Instructions for making a sew and no-sew face covering
- PHAC's Twitter feed.
Canadians Abroad In Need of Emergency Assistance
Canada has active COVID-19 travel advisories and several restrictions now in place and travellers are asked to consult the destination page at travel.gc.ca for the latest travel advisories. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning.
- Where Can I Travel Right Now? An interactive Map to provide key travel information for destinations across Canada.