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Welcome back! Canada now allows entry to fully-vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the US) for leisure travel. If you meet the entry criteria, fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine upon arrival to Canada. More information.


Entering British Columbia

International Travel

All travelers entering Canada by land, air or water, regardless of citizenship, must meet COVID-19 requirements. Information on entry requirements can be found here: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions-entry. To find out if you can enter Canada, see the Government of Canada webpage here: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/wizard-start

Please note: Pre-tests are not required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. However, you must still use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada. Information on ArriveCAN is found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/border-services-agency/services/arrivecan.html

Domestic Travel

If you are travelling to B.C. from another province or territory within Canada you are expected to follow the same travel guidelines as everyone else in B.C. and travel safely and respectfully. If you are travelling from B.C. to another province, please check with that province for travel restrictions or guidance in place. Find more information here.



BC Ferries  More information on BC Ferries safety measures can be found here.

Victoria International Airport requires masks to be worn by all passengers and employees in the terminal.  

Harbour Air Seaplanes is operating with reduced seating to allow for physical distancing from other passengers. Passengers are required to complete a health declaration before travel and must wear a mask.

The Clipper’s service between Seattle and Victoria has resumed as of April 15, 2022.

The Coho, a passenger ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, is now operational with three daily sailings from both terminals. 



Boundless Medical is Vancouver Island's premier independent COVID-19 testing lab. A physician-led facility that offers rapid same-day COVID-19 testing for travel, work, and events. With certified antigen tests within 20 minutes, RT-PCR results in as little as 2-3 hours, and bespoke on-site or virtual options, Boundless Mediacal has you covered.




Hotels around the city are opening with enhanced safety measures and cleaning regimens. Please check with your property of choice for their COVID-19 Safety Plan. 

Find more places to stay here. 


Attractions & Activities

Most iconic attractions and activities are open and operating with new health and safety measures while others have anticipated opening dates. 



Many restaurants and patios are open for dine-in and have new measures in place that allow you to distance yourself from other patrons. In British Columbia, proof of vaccination is required for indoor dining. Most restaurants are also offering takeout and/or delivery options. 



Many brick and mortar stores you know and love in Greater Victoria are open with new safety measures in place to make your shopping experience, a safe one. These include limiting the number of customers in-store, sanitizing high touch areas, using contactless pay and more. Check directly with the store for their COVID-19 Safety Plan. 


Find more COVID-19 resources and updates from Destination Greater Victoria here.