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 is now closed for summer operations, including sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Whistler Blackcomb is scheduled to open for the 2021/22 winter season on November 25. Learn more about Whistler Blackcomb’s commitment to safety and what to expect on the mountains this winter.

  • 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 are no quarantine or COVID-19 testing requirements for domestic travellers visiting British Columbia. Note: Effective October 30, 2021, 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. See What You Need to Know: Canada for more information.

  • 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 5 and older is required to wear a mask in indoor public settings, regardless of immunization status.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Effective October 30, 2021, 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. For travellers who are in the process of being vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test result within 72 hours of departure, but that transition period will end on November 30. Learn more.

  • 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 November 8, 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 COVID-19 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?

  • To travel to England from abroad, all fully vaccinated 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.

  • Travellers are also required to complete a passenger locator form online within 48 hours of arrival in the UK. Travellers must enter their Day 2 COVID-19 test booking reference number on their passenger locator form.

  • Beginning October 4, 2021, pre-departure COVID-19 tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers to enter 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?

  • On October 1, 2021, Australia’s Prime Minister announced fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will be eligible for international travel without seeking a travel exemption beginning in November as states and territories reach the national 80 per cent double-dose vaccination target. The exact timing of when international travel will resume will vary from state to state.

  • 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 Australian citizens and permanent residents will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure and must quarantine at home for seven (7) days upon return to the country. Note: the seven day at home quarantine is not required for travellers flying into New South Wales.

  • 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. Everyone in BC aged 5 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: October 18, 2021.