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Do visitors from Ontario have to quarantine upon arrival in B.C.?

Last Updated Apr 1, 2021 at 5:32 am PDT

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Visitors from other provinces do not need to self-quarantine when they arrive in British Columbia

While it is not banned, B.C. government says all non-essential travel should be avoided

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Lynn Johnson asks: “Do visitors from Ontario coming to B.C. have to quarantine on arrival? Are they required to get a COVID test before departure if coming by air from Toronto?”


According to the Government of British Columbia website, if you are travelling to B.C. from another province or territory “you are expected to follow the same travel and public health guidelines as everyone else in B.C. You do not need to self-quarantine when entering B.C. from another province or territory.”

However, because of the province’s current COVID-19 travel advisory, the B.C. government says all non-essential travel should be avoided.

This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province — for example, you should not travel to or within B.C. for a vacation and you should not travel to visit friends or family outside of your household or core bubble.

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Air travellers from Ontario do not require a negative COVID test prior to boarding a flight to B.C. But there are some restrictions for domestic flights within Canada.

The federal government has mandated that air travelers won’t be allowed to board if they have symptoms of COVID-19, unless they have a medical certificate stating their symptoms are not COVID-19 related. People are also not allowed to board if they have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19; or are subject to a provincial or local public health order.

All air travellers must also wear a non-medical mask. The only exemptions are children under two years old, people who are unable to remove the mask without assistance, and people who provide a medical certificate certifying that they are unable to wear a face mask for a medical reason.

If you do come to B.C., you are expected to follow all current public health orders.

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