April 5, 2022: Due to the heavy rain and flooding in November 2021, multiple highways throughout British Columbia were impacted and in many cases closed for a period of time. While many are open again to non-essential travel, work is still being done to fully restore these routes. Please see here for status updates on the highway repair projects, including:
Follow Drive BC for the most up-to-date information. Please be aware that highway status may change, and be sure to always drive to 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 for information sharing purposes, it does not indicate the measure of risk in our community. For additional resources, please visit hellobc.com.
Updated April 8, 2022:
Due to lowered hospitalisation and transmission rates in British Columbia regarding COVID-19, the Government of BC has announced changes to mask and vaccine passport requirements, as well as certain safety measures:
- Masks are no longer required in public indoor settings under a public health order, and are now largely considered a personal choice
- Masks are encouraged on public transit and BC Ferries, but not required
- Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring masks on their premises
- Masks are still required for federally regulated travel, like air travel, as well as in all health care settings such as vaccine clinics and hospitals.
- Proof of vaccination is no longer required under public health order to access businesses, events and services
- Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring proof of vaccination for entry
- Federal proof of vaccination is still required for federally regulated travel, like air travel
- There are no restrictions on indoor or outdoor personal gatherings, including sports activities; and restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs can operate at full capacity with normal liquor service hours, no limits on table size, and customers no longer having to remain seated.
Rapid antigen tests are available for free for BC residents who are 18 yrs and older, see here for more details.
Find the most up-to-date information on Provincial restrictions and Public Health Orders via the Government of British Columbia.
Updated April 5, 2022: The Travel Health Notice has been adjusted from a Level 3 to a Level 2. This means that the Government of Canada no longer recommends that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes. Travellers should understand the risks that are still associated with international travel given the high incidence of Omicron, and take necessary precautions.
- Canadians returning to Canada: Travellers must use ArriveCAN to submit your travel and health details in the 72 hours before your arrival back in the country. Fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. See here for more details on requirements for return or travel to Canada.
- Travellers arriving to Canada: Travellers arriving from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, will be randomly selected for arrival testing. Those who have been selected are not required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.
- Partially or unvaccinated travellers will continue to be required to test on arrival. Unvaccinated foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter Canada unless they meet one of the few exemptions.
- Find more information on accepted pre-entry COVID-19 test results for those who do not qualify as fully vaccinated here.
All travellers continue to be required to submit their mandatory information in ArriveCAN before their arrival in Canada. Travellers who arrive without completing their ArriveCAN submission may have to test on arrival and quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status. Travellers taking a cruise or a plane must submit their information in ArriveCAN within 72 hours before boarding.
*As travel requirements can change, please ensure you are up to date with federal regulations and review current international travel advisories. You can find out more about who is eligible to enter Canada and what exemptions are currently in place by viewing the Travel Requirements & Exemptions list.
Federal Requirements for Travel Within Canada
Updated March 10, 2022: 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:
- domestic or international flights departing from most airports in Canada, including charter and foreign airlines carrying commercial passengers
- Medevac flights are excluded, regardless of where they depart or land
- Private flights that don’t require access to airports with a vaccination requirement are excluded
- VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains
- cruise ships
- many cruise lines require vaccination for children 5 years and older
Contact your airline, railway company, or cruise line about their boarding requirements and refund policies.
Note: For travel within Canada, you’re considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you get your second dose of vaccine.
Find more information on travel within Canada, including specific provincial & territorial requirements, here.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
Updated April 5, 2022:
The Government of Canada has announced an ease in border restrictions as of April 1, 2022. Please see here for full details. Travellers should understand the risks that are still associated with international travel given the high incidence of Omicron, and take necessary precautions
To find out if you are eligible to enter Canada, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
Osoyoos Visitor Centre
The Osoyoos Visitor Centre is open with enhanced safety measures in place.
Please email us at email@example.com, 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.