Letter from the Provincial Health Officer on testing prior to travel in B.C.

Re: COVID-19 testing prior to travel is not available to travelers from British Columbia, Canada

We recognize that some countries require COVID-19 testing or proof of negative test results prior to entry.

This letter is to inform you that at this time, COVID-19 testing for travel-related purposes is not available in British Columbia (BC), Canada.

In response to the pandemic, BC has successfully implemented a range of measures and methods to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, BC is among the jurisdictions globally that have low rates of COVID-19 transmission, with very low levels of COVID-19 infection in the general population.

BC’s COVID-19 testing guidelines are focused on targeted case-finding among individuals with compatible symptoms of COVID-19 infection, or who are potentially exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Accordingly, routine screening of people without symptoms for COVID-19 infection for any reason, including for travel, is not performed in BC. There are also no widely available options for travelers to pay privately for COVID-19 testing in British Columbia.

Sincerely,

Bonnie Henry MD, MPH, FRCPC

Provincial Health Officer

BCGov Letter from the Provincial Health Officer on testing prior to travel in B.C.