Know Before You Go
COVID-19 Information and Resources for Travellers
British Columbia is in Step 3 of its provincial Restart Plan and visitors are welcome in Whistler.
A number of province-wide COVID-19 restrictions are in place in BC to help keep everyone safe. Details are available on the Government of British Columbia’s website.
Fully vaccinated US and international travellers are welcome to visit Canada. View full entry requirements on the Government of Canada’s website, including the new temporary border restrictions and measures Canada has implemented to address the COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern.
People aged 12+ must show proof of vaccination to access certain events, services and businesses in BC. 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
- Wear a mask in public settings.
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 the 2021/22 winter season. Face coverings are required in all indoor public settings, including gondolas, and proof of vaccination is required to dine at all indoor, sit-down and cafeteria-style restaurants. Reservations are required to dine on the mountain and can be booked through TOCK, the Epic Mix App or through QR codes on the mountain beginning at 7 AM the day prior to your reservation date. 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; however, all travellers departing from Canadian airports, as well as travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, are required to be fully vaccinated. See What You Need to Know: Canada for more information.
- Province-wide COVID-19 restrictions are in place in British Columbia to help keep everyone safe, including:
- 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.
- Everyone in BC aged 5+ is required to wear a mask in indoor public settings, regardless of immunization status.
- 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
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.
- Fully vaccinated US and international travellers are welcome to visit Canada. *New: Canada has introduced temporary border restrictions and measures to address the COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern. View the full entry requirements on the Government of Canada’s website.
- 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, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN.
- 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.
- *NEW: In response to the new Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern, all fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air from departure points other than the United States will be subject to arrival testing. Please note that US travellers may still be selected for Canada’s mandatory randomized arrival testing program.
- The arrival test will be free for travellers and must be taken as directed on the day you enter Canada.
- Those travellers subject to arrival testing will be permitted to travel on to their final destination where they will then be required to isolate until they receive their negative test result.
- Test result times may vary, but are typically received between 12 - 72 hours.
- Travellers are strongly encouraged to pre-register for their arrival test for a faster experience, and to insist on being tested at the airport (versus taking an at-home testing kit) if possible. For more information and to pre-register for your arrival test at YVR Vancouver International Airport, visit yvr.ca.
- Learn more about Canada’s new arrival testing requirement on the Government of Canada’s website.
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.
Effective November 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. 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?
- Effective January 9, 2022, pre-departure tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers to enter England.
- Before travelling to England, fully vaccinated travellers must book and pay for a COVID-19 test to be taken after arrival in England (lateral flow tests are acceptable) and complete a passenger locator form.
- After arriving in England, travellers must take a COVID-19 test. This is the test that was booked before travel. Travellers do not need to isolate while awaiting their test results.
- 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 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. Quarantine requirements upon arrival in the country 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
- PCR (24 – 48 hours): $299
- Rapid Antigen: $149
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.
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.
Bon Voyage Medical
For Guests of Four Seasons Resort Whistler and Westin Resort & Spa
- Rapid Antigen: $190
- PCR (next day): $295
Learn more about Bon Voyage Medical’s COVID-19 testing services at bonvoyagemedical.com.
Whistler Testing – Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa
- PCR (24 – 48 hours): $269
- Rapid Antigen: $149
Learn more about Whistler Testing’s COVID-19 testing services at www.whistlertesting.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.
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!
- 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.
- 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.
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: January 17, 2022.