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Vaccine Passports and what that means for travellers in Vancouver?

Update on March 11, 2022:
On April 8, 2022 at 12:01 am, further restrictions will be lifted and proof of vaccination will no longer be required under public health order to access businesses, events and services. Please visit the BC government site for the latest information regarding the vaccine passports and restrictions


With easing international travel restrictions, fully vaccinated travellers are once again allowed to enter Canada for non-essential purposes. International travellers who meet entry conditions are also happy to learn that they will not have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. However, with more and more provinces requiring proof of vaccinations to enter restaurants, venues and events, visitors are worried about being denied entry and left wondering what they need to do.  


Do I need to show I’m vaccinated? 

Yes, you will need to show a proof of vaccination as well as a piece of valid government photo identification to access some events, services and businesses. You must show proof that you’re fully vaccinated (with 2 doses) to access some events, services and businesses. 

Local residents must show proof of vaccination with the BC Vaccine Card and a valid government photo identification. 

Canadian travellers not from B.C. must show proof of vaccination with a province or territory’s officially recognized vaccine record and a valid government photo identification. 

International travellers will be required to show the same proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada, as well as their passport. 


Places, events and venues where proof of vaccination is required for entry 

  • 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)
    Includes liquor tasting rooms in wineries, breweries or distilleries

  • Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining)

  • Nightclubs and casinos Movie theatres, including the Royal BC Museum and IMAX theatre

  • Gyms, exercise and dance facilities or studios Includes these activities happening in recreation facilities

  • Businesses offering indoor exercise/fitness

  • Indoor adult group and team sports for people 22 years old or older

  • Indoor organized events
    For example, wedding and funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home), organized parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops

  • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities
    For example, pottery studios, art classes or choir rehearsals

  • Post-secondary student housing

  • Spectators at indoor youth sporting events

Do I qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller? 

To qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, visitors must meet all other entry requirements, have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19, have received the full series of accepted COVID-19 vaccines at least 14 full days prior to the date of entry and uploaded a proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN. 

These are the accepted COVID-19 vaccines in Canada: 

  • Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty (tozinameran, BNT162b2) 

  • Moderna Spikevax (mRNA-1273) 

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222) 

  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S) 

Visit the Government of Canada website for more information on COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada.