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Frequently Asked Questions Covid-19

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation means staying in the place you are isolating and avoiding situations where you could come in contact with others. You may have been exposed to the virus and are at risk for developing COVID-19 and passing it on to others. You should not self-isolate in a place where you will be in contact with vulnerable people, such as seniors and individuals with underlying health conditions. Adapted from the BC Centre form Disease Control website (BCCDC).

Who needs to self-isolate?

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to self-isolate.
  • Even if you aren’t recommended for testing, it’s still important to stay home to reduce any potential spread of COVID-19.
  • If you travel outside of Canada: Certain people entering the BC from outside of Canada will need to self-isolate upon arrival. This is a federal regulation and is determined by the Government of Canada. 

To find out if you need to self-isolate after traveling, visit the Government of Canada’s website.

Follow the instructions provided by the Government of Canada on how to self-isolate and quarantine.

How long should I self-isolate?

The amount of time you need to self-isolate depends on your vaccination status and age. Click here for more information

I am arriving to Canada

All eligible travelers should complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada at least 14 days before traveling.

Check the latest federal regulation for international travelers here.

How do I download the ArriveCan application?

Travelers must submit a BC self-isolation plan and complete the federal ArriveCAN application for approval prior to their return to BC, or upon arrival. Download the ArriveCAN application:

I will not be able to visit a bank while in self-isolation? What should I do?

We recommend you have enough money to pay for rent for the first month and a credit card that is accepted in Canada to make any payments for groceries/medications etc.

For further information, please review the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC)

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