Know Before You Go

Know before you go resources for locals and visitors.

Canada welcomes back fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter Canada for non-essential purposes, including tourism, as long as they meet entry conditions. Find out if you can enter Canada, here.

We encourage all international travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. This includes the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app. Travellers should plan for extra time in the lead up, and upon the arrival of their trip.

For travel updates in British Columbia, please visit Destination BC’s Know Before You Go guide.

BC Vaccine Card

Effective September 13, people aged 12 and over will be required to show proof of vaccination to get into many events and businesses in BC. Key dates:

September 13th
Individuals must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to gain entry into identified events, services and businesses and be able to show government approved proof of vaccination.

From September 13th - September 26th
The use of the BC Vaccine Card will be phased in to allow people extra time to transition to their new cards. From September 13-26, 2021, people will also be able to use the vaccination records they received at BC vaccine clinics or pharmacies as valid proof of vaccination. A full list is outlined here.

Starting September 27, 2021, only the BC Vaccine Card will be accepted for people vaccinated in BC.

October 24th
Individuals must be fully vaccinated (having received your second dose at least 7 days prior) to gain entry into identified events, services and businesses.

January 31st, 2022

The requirement is in place until this time and could be extended.

Plan Ahead

Take more time to plan your visit. Many businesses and services across BC are encountering staffing shortages forcing them to operate at a reduced capacity, with limited hours, or require advanced bookings.

Be Calm, Be Patient, Be Kind

Remember, everything may take longer than usual, or places may be at closed if you don't check in advance. Have a Plan B researched and ready in case your first choice isn’t possible. Be calm, patient, and kind, and remember, we’re all in this together.

There are lots of changes and restrictions updates are being made as needed. Mandatory mask wearing is required in public indoor settings even for those who have had both vaccination shots. It’s important to remember we are all learning as we go, and we need to have kindness and patience at the heart of everything we do.

We’re asking everyone to be patient as we work to get our services to the same high levels they were before the pandemic. We’re improving quality all the time as we address staffing shortages, train new staff, and adapt to new guidelines.

Support Local Businesses

Many local businesses are still struggling and new restrictions are often difficult to introduce. Throughout the pandemic, tourism businesses have continued to implement stringent protocols to keep staff and visitors safe, and will continue to do so at every stage—including the latest requirement to verify proof of vaccination for guests (where applicable), and visitors are asked to return the favour by travelling responsibly.

Be AdventureSmart

No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, you must be prepared. Remember to follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to get informed before heading outdoors.

Practice Leave No Trace

When exploring BC’s outdoors, always leave it in a better state than when you arrived.

Learn about the key principles of Leave No Trace, a set of seven guidelines for enjoying the outdoors responsibly while minimizing your impact on the landscape. Tip: Visit to learn more about responsible outdoor recreation.

Catch Up on the Camper's Code

The British Columbia Lodging and Campgrounds Association has created a great resource for camping etiquette, here: The Camper's Code has 9 rules that are really easy to follow. When all campers follow them, these good things happen:

  • Camping continues to be enjoyable for all
  • Nature remains pristine and beautiful
  • People camping in the same area become friends
  • Animals stay wild and free

Safety First


No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, be prepared. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.

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