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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources for Travellers
Travel Advisory – Updated April 23, 2021
The Government of British Columbia has implemented a new order restricting recreational and leisure travel in British Columbia until May 25, 2021. Learn more about the current travel advisory in British Columbia.
Now is not the time to travel to Whistler for recreational purposes.
Only essential travel will be welcome in Whistler and our neighbouring communities of Squamish and Pemberton until the non-essential travel advisory is lifted. This includes both day trips and overnight trips to the Sea to Sky region.
We look forward to inviting visitors back to our community soon.
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Public Health guidance to prevent community transmission of COVID-19:
- Keep to your household bubble and avoid social gatherings.
- Avoid all non-essential travel.
- Stay home if you have any symptoms, however mild, and get tested if your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19.
- Practise physical distancing and wear a mask.
- Wash your hands often.
What You Need To Know: Whistler
For a complete overview of Whistler’s response to COVID-19, please visit whistler.ca/covid19.
What You Need To Know: British Columbia
View the current province-wide COVID-19 restrictions and travel advisory in British Columbia.
- The Government of British Columbia has implemented a new order restricting recreational and leisure travel in British Columbia until May 25, 2021. View the details on the Government of British Columbia’s website.
- For British Columbians, travel is limited to essential reasons only. British Columbians are asked to stay within their health region, support local businesses, and not travel outside of their community.
- There is no quarantine requirement for domestic travellers upon arrival in British Columbia; however, Canadians should be avoiding all non-essential travel to BC until further notice.
- The Canadian border remains closed to international leisure and recreational travellers. See What You Need to Know: Canada for further information.
- Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining until May 25, 2021. Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed. Restaurants, bars and pubs must stop serving alcohol at 10 PM. To limit the spread of COVID-19, people should only be dining at restaurants with their household bubbles.
- Masks are required for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces in British Columbia. This includes retail stores, restaurants and common areas in hotels. Learn more here.
- Up to 10 people can gather in an outdoor setting in British Columbia, such as a park or a backyard in a private residence. Patios and outdoor areas at restaurants, pubs and bars are not included as places to gather with 10 people at one table. No indoor gatherings of any size are currently permitted. Learn more about the current restrictions on gatherings and events in BC.
- Please consult the BC Parks website for information regarding provincial parks in the Whistler area, including COVID-19 updates and operational statuses. Visitors are encouraged to do their research and plan ahead.
- Night clubs and banquet facilities are currently closed in British Columbia.
- Visit the Destination BC website for additional information about travelling within British Columbia.
For a complete overview of BC’s response to COVID-19, visit the BC government’s website.
What You Need To Know: Canada
- The Canadian border remains closed to international leisure and recreational travellers, including those who have been vaccinated. See the Canadian Border Services Agency website for details.
- Essential international travel over the Canadian border is permitted, however, anyone who arrives from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14 days. Either before or upon arrival, travellers must provide a quarantine plan for federal officials to review. Not respecting the mandatory requirements is a serious offence with consequences and penalties.
- Effective February 15, 2021, anyone arriving in Canada via a land border crossing with the United States will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. Travellers must have received the negative result within 72 hours.
- Important information for air travellers (these requirements also apply to Canadian nationals looking to return home from abroad):
◦ Air travellers 5 years of age or older are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada;
◦ Air travellers are required to take a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival in Canada at their own cost, and;
◦ Air travellers are required to reserve a room in a Government of Canada-approved hotel for up to three nights at their own cost while they wait for their test results.
◦ Travellers with negative test results must complete their 14-day quarantine at home under increased surveillance and enforcement.
◦ Travellers with positive test results will be transferred to designated quarantine facilities.
- Only four Canadian airports are currently accepting international flights, including Vancouver International Airport, Toronto Pearson International, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and Calgary International Airport.
- A global travel advisory is in effect and Canadians have been instructed to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada.
- Visit the Government of Canada’s website for additional information about travel restrictions, exemptions and advice.
For a full overview of Canada’s response to COVID-19, visit Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Canada’s Response.
In Whistler, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is the official health authority. Anyone with questions about COVID-19 or public health in Whistler is encouraged to consult the Vancouver Coastal Health website.
We will keep this page updated as changes occur. Last update: April 26, 2021.