Know Before You Go
COVID-19 Information and Resources for Travellers
Fully vaccinated US and international travellers are welcome to visit Canada. Effective April 1, fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Visit the Government of Canada’s website for full details on Canada's entry requirements.
British Columbia has lifted its public health mask mandate and Proof of Vaccination program. Learn more.
Whistler's Doors Open Directory
If you are concerned about COVID-19 symptoms, call 8-1-1 and follow the directions you are given.
Vancouver Coastal Health advises the most important steps residents and visitors can take to protect themselves and our community from COVID-19 are:
- Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face
- Stay home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms
- Practice good cough and sneeze etiquette
- Follow Public Health orders
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 struggling with ongoing labour challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These labour challenges are resulting in some businesses needing to modify their available services and hours of operation. We ask all visitors to Whistler to be understanding and respectful of the current situation, and we thank you for being kind to employees who are working extremely hard in these challenging conditions.
- Visitors are strongly encouraged to do their research ahead of time, to arrive with a plan, and to 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 is open for spring skiing and riding on Blackcomb Mountain until May 23 with access via the Blackcomb Gondola and Excalibur Gondola. Spring sightseeing is accessible via the Blackcomb Gondola until May 23. Please note the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and Whistler Village Gondola are now closed and will reopen for the summer season on May 21. Please see Whistler Blackcomb’s Hours of Operation for full details. Reservations are no longer required to access on-mountain restaurants. Learn more about Whistler Blackcomb’s commitment to safety and what to expect on the mountains this season.
- 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
- Recreational travel is permitted to and within British Columbia.
- There are no quarantine or COVID-19 testing requirements for domestic travellers visiting British Columbia.
- Effective March 11, face coverings are no longer required for indoor public settings in BC. While no longer a mandatory public health order, some individual businesses and organizations may continue to require masks on their premises and these policies must be respected. Note: Masks are still required for all federally regulated travel in Canada, such as air travel, and face coverings continue to be encouraged on public transit and BC Ferries.
- Effective April 8, proof of vaccination is no longer required to access non-essential events, services and businesses in BC. While no longer a mandatory public health order, some individual businesses and organizations may continue to require proof of vaccination on their premises and these policies must be respected. Note: proof of vaccination continues to be required for all federally regulated travel in Canada, such as air travel.
- A full overview of British Columbia’s province-wide COVID-19 restrictions is available on the Government of British Columbia’s website.
- 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 welcome to visit Canada. Effective April 1, fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Visit the Government of Canada’s website for full details on Canada's entry requirements.
- For entry into Canada, 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, tozinameran, BNT162b2), Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273), AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222), Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C), Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV), Novavax (NVX-COV2373, Nuvaxovid, Covovax) and Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc).
- Have received their last vaccine dose 14+ days before entering Canada
- Upload travel details and required documentation into the secure ArriveCAN app
- Complete the arrival test requirement if randomly selected by a border official. Note: travellers selected for Canada’s random COVID-19 arrival testing program are not required to isolate while awaiting their rest results.
- Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 are permitted to enter Canada with their fully vaccinated parents / guardians and are exempt from quarantine without any prescribed conditions limiting their activities.
- Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated youth 12 to 17 years of age are permitted to enter Canada but they are subject to the full 14-day quarantine, and all testing requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests, whether or not they are accompanied by a traveller who qualifies as a fully vaccinated traveller.
- 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.
- All travellers departing from Canadian airports, as well as travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. Learn more.
- 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 is open to fully vaccinated non-essential travellers effective November 8, 2021.
- There is no COVID-19 testing requirement to enter the United States via a land border crossing.
- All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, entering the United States by air are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than one (1) day before travel to the US. Rapid Antigen Tests are acceptable and testing facilities are available in Whistler so that travellers can maximize their time in resort. See COVID-19 Testing for details. Alternatively, testing facilities are also available at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and travellers can book appointments in advance that work with their flight times 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?
- Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to England or after arrival. There is also no quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers after arrival in England.
- Before travelling to England, all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to complete a passenger locator form.
- 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 are currently no testing or quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers returning to Germany.
- Travellers returning to Germany after visiting Canada are required to complete a Digital Registration on Entry form to verify proof of vaccination and/or test results, proof of quarantine or recovery, as well as any exemptions from entry regulations.
- Additional information is available on the Official German Website.
What Do Australian Travellers Need to Know about Returning to Australia?
- Fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents are now eligible for international travel without seeking a travel exemption.
- To leave the country, Australian citizens and permanent residents will need to be fully immunized with a vaccine approved or recognized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), possess an internationally recognized vaccination certificate (Vaccine Passport), and have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departure.
- To return home to Australia from abroad, fully immunized international travellers are required to show proof of a negative test result through rapid antigen test (RAT) taken within 24 hours of the flight departure time. Testing facilities are available in Whistler so that travellers can maximize their time in resort. See COVID-19 Testing for details. Alternatively, testing facilities are also available at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and travellers can book appointments in advance that work with their flight times for a smooth and efficient travel experience.
- Quarantine requirements for international travellers upon arrival in Australia vary from state to state.
- Additional information is available on the Australian Government’s website.
COVID-19 Testing for Travellers
Airwolf Medical (Dr. Renata Lewis) – Whistler Activity Centre
- Rapid Antigen: $149
- PCR (24 – 48 hours): $299
Fully-accredited COVID-19 testing for travel, business, conferences, and special events. Learn more about Airwolf Medical’s COVID-19 testing services at airwolfmedical.com. The Whistler Activity Centre is located adjacent to the Whistler Conference Centre.
Bon Voyage Medical – Westin Resort & Spa
- Remote Antigen and Molecular NAAT via telehealth: Starting from $99 (results available within 3 hours of sample collection)
- Rapid Antigen: $95 (results available within 3 hours of sample collection)
- Same Day Molecular NAAT/NEAR: $210 (results available by 11 PM same day as sample collection)
- Next Day PCR: $210 (results available by 11 PM day after sample collection)
- Same Day PCR: $325 (results available by 11 PM same day as sample collection)
- 3-hour PCR: $450 (results available within 3 hours of sample collection)
- 1-hour PCR: $475 (results available within 3 hours of sample collection)
Learn more about Bon Voyage Medical’s COVID-19 testing services at bonvoyagemedical.com or email email@example.com to organize special events.
Go Rapid Test – Whistler Wellness Centre, 209-4368 Main Street
- Rapid Antigen (90 minutes): $99
Learn more about Go Rapid Test’s COVID-19 testing services at www.gorapidtest.ca.
Whistler Testing – Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa
- Rapid Antigen: $99
- PCR (24 – 48 hours): $219
Learn more about Whistler Testing’s COVID-19 testing services at www.whistlertesting.com.
BettrCare (Dr. Clark Lewis) – Mobile Testing
- PCR (24 hours): $350 for 1 person, $300 each for 2 people, $275 each for 3 people, $250 each for 4+ people
Learn more about BettrCare’s COVID-19 testing services at bettrcare.com.
- PCR (same day before 9:30 AM, next day before 3 PM): $289 for 1 person, $269 each for 2 people, $249 each for 3 people, $229 each for 4+ people
Learn more about Creekside Health’s COVID-19 testing services at www.myhealthaccess.ca/branded/creekside-health.
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: May 16, 2022.