Last Updated: Friday 19th November 2021

Skiing and riding this year will be different; we’re here to welcome you back to winter as smoothly as possible. This guide is a brief overview of what to expect when travelling to and around Canada and in resort this winter.

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The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office issues advice relating to the safety of a country or destination to travel to. If you travel against this advice, there could be serious ramifications for the cover provided under your travel insurance policy. Please read their advice and your travel insurance policy very carefully before booking and travelling.


NHS COVID Pass & Booster Doses

As of Friday 19th November, the NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination has been updated to demonstrate proof of third or other booster vaccinations. Please refresh your NHS COVID Pass after this date to ensure all appropriate doses are included on your NHS COVID Pass.

Currently, Canada does not require a third dose to be considered “fully vaccinated” (see below). However, if offered, you should strongly consider taking up your third “booster” dose, to ensure swift compliance with any changes in international regulations.


Vaccine Eligibility 

In the eyes of Canadian authorities and for the purposes of this overview, a person is considered fully vaccinated if they have received; 

           ·       A full course of any vaccination against COVID-19 approved by the Government of Canada. This includes all four vaccines regularly administered by the NHS in the UK.  

Your final dose must have been administered at least 14 days ago, with the date of administration considered Day 0.

More details can be found here. 

 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are subject to change at short notice. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s advice for Canada for the latest guidance.

Vaccinated – vaccinated travellers are now permitted to access a quarantine exemption for “discretionary” travel to Canada; that is, without needing a valid reason. To gain entry, you must fill out the ArriveCAN form on either App (iOS and Android) or website no more than 72hrs before your arrival in Canada. This will ask for the following information;

          -          Proof of a full course (see above) of vaccination against COVID-19

          -          Proof of negative molecular test (e.g. PCR, but NOT antigen test) taken within 72hrs of your arrival.

          -          A Declaration that you do not currently have any symptom of COVID-19

          -          Whether you have visited another country in the past 14 days.

      You do NOT have to take a Day 8 molecular test.

Furthermore, you must agree to submit to testing if asked by a Canadian border guard, and provide a suitable plan for quarantine in the event your quarantine exemption is denied by Canadian Border Services and you must quarantine for 14 days – note this can include a hotel or rental apartment, but must not be a “group” setting (i.e. hostel or student accommodation), nor with “at risk” individuals or individuals who work in an “at risk” environment. It can include simply returning to your origin country.

Unvaccinated – unvaccinated travellers are not permitted to enter Canada unless they have a right to do so, such as Canadian citizens and permanent residents. You will have to undergo 14 days quarantine, which can be in a hotel or apartment, but can’t be in a shared environment (such as hostel or student accommodation) or with someone classified as “at risk” or working with “at risk” individuals.

To gain entry, you must fill out the ArriveCAN form on either App (iOS and Android) or website no more than 72hrs prior to arrival in Canada. This will ask for the following;

          -          Proof of a negative molecular test (e.g. PCR, but NOT antigen test) taken within 72hrs of your arrival.

          -          TA declaration that you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19

          -          Whether you have visited another country in the past 14 days.

          -          A quarantine plan, indicating where you intend to spend your quarantine period

You must undergo testing on day 1 and 8 of your quarantine period.

 

Getting Around – Bars, Restaurants, Etc.

You will need to be asymptomatic when boarding flights to and within Canada, as well as on inter-city public transport. Facemasks are mandatory within all Canadian airport buildings.

Explicit guidance on face coverings vary between provinces/territories. However, they are expected or mandatory in all indoor environments and outdoors where it is impossible to maintains social distancing, including all lifts.

Social distancing is being implemented and recommended in all indoor venues.

Many provinces have now rolled out vaccine passports to access bars, restaurants, and, in some cases, ski lifts for everyone aged 12 or over. The exact specifics will vary from province to province. You must carry ID with you as part of these checks. Negative tests taken within the last 72hrs will also be accepted in place of this. Please check the exact restrictions in place with your destination resort.

 

What to Expect in Resort?

Social distancing is being encouraged in resort, so capacity is expected to be limited on lifts. Vail Resorts has confirmed that it will limit ticket sales at its 34 North American resorts during three major North American holiday weeks throughout the season to prioritise users of their Epic Pass. This will include Christmas (25th Dec.-2nd Jan), the weekend covering Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (Jan 14th-17th) and Washington Week (Feb. 18th-27th). This will affect Whistler Blackcomb.

Explicit guidance on face coverings vary between provinces/territories. However, they are expected or mandatory in all indoor environments and outdoors where it is impossible to maintains social distancing, including all lifts.

Social distancing is being implemented and recommended in all indoor venues.

Many provinces have now rolled out vaccine passports to access bars, restaurants, and, in some cases, ski lifts for everyone aged 12 or over. The exact specifics will vary from province to province. You must carry ID with you as part of these checks. Negative tests taken within the last 72hrs will also be accepted in place of this. Please check the exact restrictions in place with your destination resort.