Know Before You Go
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources for Travellers
March 30, 2021 Update:
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, BC’s public health officials strongly recommend that all social and recreational travel be avoided in British Columbia until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you to Whistler when the advisory has been lifted.
Whistler Blackcomb is now closed for the 2020/21 winter season.
Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining until April 19, 2021 at midnight.
Learn more about the province’s non-essential travel advisory and current COVID-19 restrictions in British Columbia on the Government of British Columbia’s website.
Whistler's Doors Open Directory
Vancouver Coastal Health, the public health authority for Whistler, continues to strongly advise Whistler residents and potential visitors to follow Public Health guidance to prevent community transmission of COVID-19, including:
- 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, if possible, if you cannot.
- Wash your hands often.
What You Need To Know: Whistler
- Whistler Blackcomb is now closed for the 2020/21 winter season.
- Most businesses in Whistler, including restaurants, accommodations, activity operators and retail stores, continue to have modified operations in response to COVID-19. Please review Whistler's Doors Open Directory for details.
- The Whistler Visitor Centre is currently closed due to the non-essential travel advisory in British Columbia. 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.
- For information about municipal facilities and programs in Whistler, such as Meadow Park Sports Centre and the Whistler Public Library, visit the Resort Municipality of Whistler's website at whistler.ca/covid19.
- 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.
What You Need To Know: British Columbia
View the current province-wide COVID-19 restrictions, including guidance on social interactions and recreational travel.
- There is no quarantine requirement for domestic travellers upon arrival in British Columbia; however, non-essential travel into BC is strongly discouraged at this time. 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 April 19, 2021 at midnight. Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed. Restaurants, bars and pubs must stop serving alcohol at 10 PM. In order 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. Some provincial parks and recreation sites that attract large crowds, including Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, remain closed. Visitors are encouraged to do their research and plan ahead.
- Night clubs and stand alone 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 for leisure and recreational travel. 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. Any visitors with questions about COVID-19 or public health in Whistler are encouraged to consult the Vancouver Coastal Health website.
We will keep this page updated as changes occur. Last update: April 7, 2021.