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Travel Guidance

*Note: All information marked with an asterisk indicate that this content has been added/updated in the last 48 hours. If you have a question that has not been addressed on the BCIT COVID-19 resource page, please email

The Government of Canada has ordered a Quarantine Act that makes it mandatory for any person entering Canada to self-isolate and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days upon their arrival. Anyone entering British Columbia from outside of Canada are also required to complete and register a self-isolation plan.

Consistent with the Government of Canada’s order to limit all non-essential international travel and the BC Health Officials’ order to practice physical distancing, BCIT is restricting all BCIT-related travel, both domestic and international, until May 31, 2021.

Effective immediately, restrictions on BCIT-related domestic and international travel include:

  1. All student field school trips, practicum placements, conferences, and events
  2. All faculty and staff conferences, meetings, professional development travel, and any other travel that represents the Institute

*The BC Government has issued a new order under the Emergency Program Act to prohibit non-essential travel between three regional zones in the province, using health authority boundaries. These orders are in effect from April 23, 2021 and will be in place through May 25, 2021. Failure to follow these travel guidelines may result in a $575 fine.

The regional zones are:

  1. Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (Fraser Health and Coastal Health regions);
  2. Vancouver Island (Island Health region); and
  3. Northern/Interior (Interior Health and Northern Health regions).

The travel restrictions apply to all non-essential travel including:

  • Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities
  • Visiting family or friends for social reasons
  • Recreation activities

Frequently Asked Questions – Travel