Know Before You Go

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Travellers

Travel Updates

British Columbia is in Step 3 of its provincial Restart Plan and visitors are welcome in Whistler.

Fully vaccinated US and international travellers are now welcome to visit Canada. View full entry requirements on the Government of Canada’s website.

Effective September 13, 2021, people aged 12+ must show proof of vaccination to access certain events, services and businesses in BC. Learn more.


Whistler's Doors Open Directory

Adventure Differently

Public Health guidance to prevent community transmission of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms, however mild, and get tested if your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19.
  • Practise physical distancing.
  • Wear a mask in indoor public settings.
  • Wash your hands often.

What You Need To Know: Whistler

  • Whistler is open and visitors are welcome!

  • Health and safety remain top of mind in the resort. Please review Whistler's Doors Open Directory to learn how local businesses are upholding the highest of standards in health and safety for all.

  • Please be patient. Businesses across the hospitality sector are working to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses are short-staffed, which may have an impact on available services and hours of operation. Thank you for being kind to employees who are working hard to deliver a positive guest experience.

  • Arrive with a plan and make restaurant and activity reservations in advance. When in-resort, visit whistler.com/maps for up-to-date information on local businesses, including hours of operation and periodic closures.

  • Whistler Blackcomb and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola are now closed for summer sightseeing and hiking. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park remains open until October 11. Whistler Blackcomb is scheduled to open for the 2021/22 winter season on November 25. See hours of operation for full details.

  • Construction projects in Whistler may affect vehicle access to some of your favourite spots. Visit whistler.ca for up-to-date information.

  • The Whistler Visitor Centre is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. Alternatively, guests can call 1.800.944.7853 or use the Ask Whistler mobile chat service to speak with a Whistler.com agent who can answer questions and provide resort information.

  • Anyone with health questions or symptoms related to COVID-19 should use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or call 8-1-1 to speak to a health care professional. Anyone in Whistler requiring non-emergent care can contact the Whistler Virtual Walk-In Clinic or call the Whistler Health Care Centre at 604.932.4911.

For a complete overview of Whistler’s response to COVID-19, please visit whistler.ca/covid19.

Whistler is a highly immunized community. Visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) website for information about COVID-19 case counts and community vaccination rates. Whistler is located in the Howe Sound Community Health Services Area.

What You Need To Know: British Columbia

  • British Columbia is in Step 3 of its provincial Restart Plan and recreational travel is permitted to and within the province.

  • There is no quarantine requirement for domestic travellers upon arrival in British Columbia.

  • Effective September 13, people aged 12+ must show proof of vaccination to access certain events, services and businesses in BC. This mandatory requirement applies to all residents of BC, as well as travellers visiting from outside of BC. View the full list of where proof of vaccination is required.

  • Residents of BC must show their BC Vaccine Card and a valid piece of government photo ID.

  • Travellers from other Canadian provinces or territories must show their provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record and valid government photo ID.

  • International visitors must show proof of vaccination (ex. what you submitted to the ArriveCAN app) and your passport.

  • A full overview of British Columbia’s province-wide COVID-19 restrictions is available on the Government of British Columbia’s website.

  • Everyone in BC aged 12 and older is required to wear a mask in indoor public settings, regardless of immunization status.

  • Please consult the BC Parks website for information regarding provincial parks in the Whistler area. Some BC Parks, including Garibaldi Provincial Park, Joffre Lakes Park and the Stawamus Chief Park, require Day-Use passes due to high visitor volumes. Passes are free and can be reserved online beginning at 7 AM, one day in advance of your planned visit.

  • Visit the Destination BC website for additional information about travelling within British Columbia, including tips for how to travel safely and responsibly.

For a complete overview of BC’s response to COVID-19, visit the BC government’s website.

Visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) website for information about COVID-19 case counts and community vaccination rates across British Columbia.

What You Need To Know: Canada

  • Fully vaccinated US and international travellers are now welcome to visit Canada. View the full entry requirements on the Government of Canada’s website.

  • Fully vaccinated international travellers who meet Canada’s entry criteria do not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada.

  • For entry into Canada (including US citizens), all international travellers must:
    ◦ Confirm they are eligible to enter Canada by completing this brief questionnaire on the Government of Canada’s website.
    ◦ Have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
    ◦ Be fully vaccinated with one of Canada’s accepted COVID-19 vaccines or a combination of accepted vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccines currently accepted by the Government of Canada include: Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty, Moderna Spikevax, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.
    ◦ Have received their last vaccine dose 14+ days before entering Canada.
    ◦ Upload travel details, proof of vaccination and a quarantine plan into the secure ArriveCAN app.
    ◦ Have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before your scheduled flight or arrival at the Canadian border. Please note that antigen tests are not accepted for entry into Canada.
    ◦ Take an on-arrival test, if randomly selected by a border official.

  • The Public Health Agency of Canada has prepared a one-page document outlining the requirements for all travellers entering Canada by land or air: Entering Canada by LAND and AIR during COVID-19.

  • Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 are permitted to enter Canada with their fully vaccinated parents / guardians and are exempt from quarantine as long as they adhere to the necessary public health requirements. Please note: unvaccinated children must avoid schools, camps and daycares for the first 14 days they are in Canada. This applies to bike programs and snow school at Whistler Blackcomb.

  • Travellers from the United States and other international countries should also ensure they are informed on the government mandated requirements for returning to their home countries before making travel plans. See What International Travellers Need To Know About Returning Home for more information.

  • The following Canadian airports are currently accepting international flights: Vancouver International Airport, Toronto Pearson International, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Calgary International Airport, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and Edmonton International Airport.

  • 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.

What International Travellers Need to Know about Returning Home

US and International travellers should ensure they are fully informed on their government’s mandated requirements for returning to their home countries before making travel plans. Re-entry requirements for travellers from some of Whistler’s key travel markets are detailed below.

Disclaimer: The information on this page is provided for reference only. We will do our best to keep this information as up to date as possible, but all travellers are strongly encouraged to do their own research and to confirm their re-entry requirements via official government resources.

What Do US Travellers Need to Know about Returning to the United States?

  • The land border between Canada and the US remains closed to non-essential travel until October 21, 2021. US citizens returning home from Canada via a land border crossing is considered essential travel and is permitted by the US Government.

  • There is no testing requirement for US citizens returning to the United States via a land border crossing.

  • US citizens returning to the United States by air are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than three (3) days before their flight departs. Rapid Antigen Tests are acceptable and testing facilities are available at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Book an appointment in advance for a smooth and efficient travel experience.

  • Additional information for US travellers planning their re-entry into the United States is available on the US Centre for Disease Control website.

What Do UK Travellers Need to Know about Returning to England?

  • Canada is currently on the UK’s Green List.

  • All travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to England from abroad. The test must be taken within three (3) days before you travel to the UK. Acceptable pre-entry COVID-19 tests include: PCR tests, LAMP tests and antigen tests, such as an LFD (lateral flow device) test. Testing facilities are available at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and travellers are encouraged to book their testing appointment in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient travel experience.

    *Update: From 4 AM, Monday, October 4, 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. After October 4, pre-departure tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers to enter the UK. Learn more.

  • Travellers are required to book and pay for a Day 2 COVID-19 test to be taken after their arrival in the UK. You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive. Children aged four (4) and under do not need to take this test.

  • Travellers are also required to complete a passenger locator form online before arrival in the UK.

  • Additional information for UK travellers planning their re-entry into the United Kingdom is available on the UK Government website.

What Do Mexican Travellers Need to Know about Returning to Mexico?

What Do German Travellers Need to Know about Returning to Germany?

  • There is currently no testing or quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers returning to Germany. Additional up to date information is available on the Official German Website.

What Do Australian Travellers Need to Know about Returning to Australia?

  • At this time, Australia has extended their outbound travel ban until December 17, 2021. This means anyone who wants to leave Australia must apply for an exemption from the Government. This exemption is only allowed for special circumstances or people who can prove they reside outside of Australia usually.

  • Additional information is available on the Australian Government’s website.

COVID-19 Testing for Travellers

At this time, Whistler does not have a public COVID-19 testing facility for travellers, but the resort is looking into solutions to address this need.

In the meantime, there are two private COVID-19 testing services available in Whistler offering PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing for travellers:

BettrCare

BettrCare offers accredited COVID-19 PCR and rapid testing for travellers flying out of Canada. Tests are performed at your hotel or accommodation.

PCR Tests – Results within 24 Hours
  • Canadian residents (with provincial health insurance): 1 person $350, 2 for $300 each, 3+ for $250 each.

  • Non-residents and visitors: add $100 to above (PCR tests only, doesn't apply to rapid tests).

  • Prices will increase by $100 from December 24, 2021 – January 3, 2022 due to increased transport cost for PCR tests (no courier).
Rapid Antigen Tests – Travel Certificate Ready in 15 Minutes
  • 1 person $250, 2 for $225 each, 3+ for $200 each. No extra cost for non-residents.

Learn more about BettrCare’s COVID-19 testing services at bettrcare.com.

Airwolf Medical

Airwolf Medical offers asymptomatic COVID-19 testing services in the Whistler area. Tests are preformed at your hotel or accommodation.

RT-PCR COVID-19 Travel Test – Now Available
  • $349 + tax

  • Test results in 12 – 24 hours. Includes Travel Certificate.
Rapid PCR COVID-19 Travel Test – Coming Soon
  • $349 + tax

  • Test results in 1 – 2 hours. Includes Travel Certificate.
Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Travel Test – Coming Soon
  • $149 + tax

  • Test results in 30 minutes. Includes Travel Certificate.

Learn more about Airwolf Medical’s COVID-19 testing services at airwolfmedical.com.

Testing at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

There are a number of COVID-19 testing programs available at the Vancouver International Airport. Travellers flying out of YVR can book their COVID-19 testing appointments in advance to save time and ensure a smooth and efficient travel experience. Learn more.

BCCDC COVID-19 Testing Resources

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) website features a comprehensive list of private pay clinics in British Columbia offering testing to people who require asymptomatic testing for reasons such as travel. View the full list to find a location that works best for you.

Whistler Travel Manners 2.0

Planning a trip to Whistler? Be sure to follow the recommendations of BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and brush up on your travel manners before you arrive!

Get Vaccinated

  • Ensure you are fully vaccinated before travelling. You are fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Effective September 13, people aged 12+ must show proof of vaccination to access certain events, services and businesses in BC. This mandatory requirement applies to all residents of BC, as well as travellers visiting from outside of BC.

Know Before You Go

  • Visit whistler.com/covid for information and resources for travellers.

  • Arrive with a plan and make restaurant and activity reservations in advance. It helps the business prepare for your arrival and it will mean a more seamless experience for you. When in resort, visit whistler.com/maps for up-to-date information on local businesses including hours of operation and periodic closures.

  • Be respectful of health and safety protocols and physical distancing measures in place across the resort. Visit Whistler's Doors Open Directory to learn more about how local businesses are upholding the highest standards in health and safety for all.

Follow Mask Guidelines

  • Follow mask guidelines. Effective August 25, 2021, anyone in BC aged 12 and older is required to wear a mask in indoor public settings, regardless of immunization status.

Respect Personal Space

Clean Your Hands

  • Watch for signage around Whistler providing direction to public washrooms and hand sanitizer stations.

Support Local

  • Buying locally from shops and services enhances our community, connects us socially, creates jobs and boosts the economy.

  • Please be patient. Businesses across the hospitality sector are working to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses are short-staffed, which may have an impact on available services and hours of operation. Thank you for being kind to employees who are working hard to deliver a positive guest experience.

If Sick, Stay Home

  • If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been instructed by public health officials to self-isolate, please postpone your visit.

  • If you begin to feel unwell while visiting Whistler, self-isolate in your accommodation immediately. Call 8-1-1 to speak to a health care professional, or call the Whistler Health Care Centre at 604-932-4911.
Dr. Bonnie Henry's Travel Manners 2.0

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: September 22, 2021.