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Canadian residents, it’s time to explore Victoria! The province has now entered Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan – safe and responsible travel within Canada is now encouraged. If you’re from outside of Canada, we look forward to welcoming you back soon, when the time is right.

 

Entering British Columbia

International Travel

Currently, the Canadian border remains closed for leisure and recreational travel. Please find the most up to date information on the Canada Border Services Agency website. 

 

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.

 

TRANSPORTATION 

BC Ferries has a number of preventive measures in place, including support for physical distancing, screening customers on arrival at the ticket booth, allowing customers to remain in their vehicles on open decks during the sailing, enhanced cleaning, physical barriers and reduced seating density. Customers also are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings at terminals and while onboard 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. The Government of Canada now requires temperature checks for all passengers flying to or within Canada. 

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 remains suspended until April 30, 2021. They will continue to coordinate closely with the government and health officials to provide guidance and direction on their return to service. 

The Coho, a passenger ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, remains closed until the border re-opens to non-essential travel.  

 

WHAT'S OPEN 

Accommodation 

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. 

 

Dining 

Many restaurants and patios are open for dine-in and have new measures in place that allow you to distance yourself from other patrons. Most restaurants are also offering takeout and/or delivery options. 

 

Retail 

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.