COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

This page will carry updates from official sources relating to travel and tourism in Kelowna and the Central Okanagan. Additional links are listed below to other sources of information, which are also being updated frequently. 

Federal Health Mandates

Domestic Travel:

If you are 12 years of age or older, you will need to be fully vaccinated in order to board:

  • Domestic or international flights departing from airports in Canada
  • VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains
  • Non-essential passenger vessels, such as cruise ships, on voyages of 24 hours or more departing from ports in Canada, once voyages resume

In addition to the vaccination requirement, all existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for passengers remain in place, including health check questions, and wearing masks inside airports and rail terminals, and while on board planes and trains.

All passengers must wear a mask throughout their entire travel journey except for brief periods while eating, drinking, or taking oral medication, or unless otherwise exempt. For more information about domestic travel, please visit the Government of Canada's website.

International Travel (entering Canada):

Please visit the Government of Canada's website to view the information and mandatory requirements for travellers entering Canada.

Provincial Health Mandates

Mask Mandate 

There is currently a Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Order in place which requires individuals (aged 12 and older) to wear masks in indoor public spaces.

Proof of Vaccination

As outlined on the Government of BC website, proof of full vaccination (two doses) requirement applies to the following businesses, services, and events: 

  • Indoor ticketed sporting events
  • Indoor concerts, theatre, dance, and symphony events
  • Licensed restaurants and cafes, and restaurants and cafes that offer table service (indoor and patio dining), including liquor tasting rooms in wineries, breweries, or distilleries
  • Pubs, bars, and lounges (indoor and patio dining)
  • Nightclubs, casinos, and movie theatres
  • Gyms, exercise/dance facilities/studios and these activities happening in recreation facilities
  • Businesses offering indoor group exercise 
  • Indoor adult group and team sports for people 22 years old or older
  • Indoor organized events with 50 or more people (e.g. wedding receptions, organized parties, conferences and workshops)
  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities with more than 50 people (e.g. pottery, art, and choir)
  • Post-secondary on-campus student housing
  • Spectators at indoor youth sporting events with more than 50 people

Travellers to BC will also be required to show proof of vaccination:

  • Canadian visitors will need to show their provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record and valid government photo ID.
  • International visitors will need to show the proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada (such as ArriveCAN) and their passport.

The proof of vaccination requirement, which has been implemented through Provincial Health Officer Orders, will apply to both BC residents and visitors to the province who are 12 years of age or older. For more information about proof of vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card, please visit the Government of BC website.

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