Q&A: Isolating after travel

Do I need to self-isolate after international travel? 

As you plan your summer vacations, please be mindful of the international travel restrictions currently in place, as well as provincial restrictions that may affect travel within certain provinces and territories within Canada.

Travel within B.C.
During Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan, respectful and safe travel is permitted across the province. Please do not travel or visit public places if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, be keep in mind that a number of B.C. First Nations have restrictions against non-essential travel to their territories.

Travel within Canada
Currently in B.C. there are no travel restrictions on travellers arriving from other provinces. British Columbians travelling to other provinces or territories should check the region’s public health information to find out about travel restrictions and follow the local provincial or territorial guidance.   

Non-essential international travel
Both federal and provincial advisories suggest avoiding international travel at this time. Anyone who travels outside of Canada is subject to the federal government’s Quarantine Act, as well as the Provincial Health Officer’s self-isolation order. All returning travellers must provide their plan for self-isolation and quarantine for 14 days.

Health-care workers crossing the border for personal reasons (personal vacations, visiting friends/family) are subject to the Federal Quarantine Order and must quarantine for 14 days. During this time, they are not permitted to return to work, and VCH will not cover wages for the isolation period. Staff may need to consider booking additional vacation or LOA time to allow for isolation and should contact their manager to discuss options.

Essential international travel
Several categories of people are exempted from this order because they provide critical services. Essential health-care workers crossing the Canadian border specifically for work purposes may be exempt. 

For more information on travel, visit the BCCDC.

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