November 22nd, 2021: As parts of British Columbia have been impacted by heavy rain and flooding, there are multiple highway closures and travel restrictions in place for impacted areas to ensure the movement of essential goods and services. Please check DriveBC for the latest information on delays and road closures.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has confirmed that given the current situation in BC, travellers who must transit through the United States to get to their residence in Canada are exempt from the COVID-19 pre-arrival test, the test in Canada, and quarantine requirements. Pre-existing exemptions within the Orders in Council (OIC) can be applied to travellers in this situation:
Exemption – Pre-Arrival Test – By Land S1.T2.I20: A person who enters Canada to return to their habitual place of residence in Canada after carrying out everyday functions that, due to geographical constraints, necessarily involve entering the United States
Exemption – Quarantine S2.T1.I14: A person who enters Canada to return to their habitual place of residence in Canada after carrying out everyday functions that, due to geographical constraints, necessarily involve entering the United States
Exemption – Test in Canada S2.T2.I14: A person who enters Canada to return to their habitual place of residence in Canada after carrying out everyday functions that, due to geographical constraints, necessarily involve entering the United States
For the latest travel information and updates, including BC Wildfire information, road conditions, and the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) please click below.
COVID- 19 (Coronavirus) Update
Destination Osoyoos continues to monitor the situation closely to ensure the most up-to-date information is available and recommended practices and protocols are followed.
The information below is precautionary and for information sharing purposes. It does not indicate any additional risk in our community. For additional resources, please visit hellobc.com.
Updated November 22, 2021:
BC is currently in Step 3 of its Restart Plan and is thrilled to welcome visitors from across Canada as well as fully vaccinated visitors from the US and other countries who meet the entry criteria for safe and responsible travel in the province. If they meet the entry criteria, fully vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine upon arrival to Canada. Find out if you can enter Canada, here.
Federal Requirements for Travel Within Canada
The Government of Canada requires all travellers 12 years and 4 months of age and older to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination to use federally regulated methods of travel:
- Departing from any Canadian airport
- Travelling on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains
- Staying on a non-essential passenger vessel for more than 24 hours (like a cruise ship)
- BC Ferries does not require proof of vaccination
Note: For travel within Canada, you’re considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you get your second dose of vaccine.
Proof of Vaccine Requirement in British Columbia
By order of the Provincial Health Officer, BC requires proof of vaccination to access certain events, services and businesses. As of October 24, you must be fully vaccinated, with 2 doses, and will be required to show a valid BC vaccine passport (or equivalent) and government-issued ID. See section below regarding the Proof of Vaccination requirements, or visit the BC Government website here for more information.
The requirement applies to all people 12 yrs and older and covers:
- Indoor ticketed concerts, theatre, dance, symphony and sporting events
- Indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs and bars
- Nightclubs and casinos
- Movie theatres
- Gyms, pools and recreation facilities
- Does not include youth recreational sport
- Indoor high intensity group exercise
- Indoor organized gatherings like weddings, parties, conferences, meetings and workshops
- Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities like pottery and art
- Does not include K to 12 school and before and after school programs
- Post-secondary on-campus student housing.
People visiting from other Canadian provinces or territories must show:
- Provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record
- Valid government ID from the same province or territory
International visitors must show:
- Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada
For more information, visit the Government of British Columbia website.
Planning and Prevention Measures:
- Visit Health Link BC’s website.
- Call the Health Canada 2019 COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397. Interpretation services are available in multiple languages. Or email: email@example.com
- Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s website for the latest outbreak update on COVID-19.
- Visit the Health Link BC website for detailed information on COVID-19, including FAQs.
- Visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC) website for the latest on how to prevent the transmission of diseases. Follow BC CDC on Twitter for regular updates: @CDCofBC
- Follow Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter: @CPHO_Canada
- Learn more about the British Columbia Pandemic Provincial Coordination Plan.
The Canadian border is now open to fully-vaccinated international visitors:
- Fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the USA) are able to enter Canada for leisure travel. If they meet the entry criteria, fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival to Canada.
- Fully vaccinated international visitors from all other countries are now enter Canada for leisure travel. If they meet the entry criteria, fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival to Canada.
- Starting September 13, you will need proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses, including indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining at restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and indoor organized events, including conferences and weddings. Starting October 25, capacity limits at these businesses/events will be lifted. International visitors must show:
- Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada (like ArriveCAN)
- Learn more about proof of vaccination, here.
- Find out if you can enter Canada, here.
- For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website here.
Osoyoos Visitor Centre
The Osoyoos Visitor Centre is open with enhanced safety measures in place.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 250-495-5070, or message us on google for virtual visitor inquiries and click here for more information on visitor centre hours and to find our updated reopening plan.
What’s Open in Osoyoos
For a full list of businesses and services, including shops, restaurants, wineries, attractions, click here.