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COVID-19 assessment for travel

Many countries continue to have travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada has advised travellers to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada. If you must travel, check the travel advisories in Canada and your destination country before you leave.

If you do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and require an assessment or documentation for travel outside of Canada, please visit the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Travel/Vaccination Clinic or a primary care provider.

Testing or documentation for asymptomatic individuals is not being provided through the public health system at our COVID-19 assessment centres. If your destination requires a COVID-19 test to enter the country, please see options below: 

Primary care provider

A primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) can offer a COVID-19 clearance letter. Please visit your primary care provider or walk-in clinic.

VCH Travel/Vaccination Clinic

The travel clinic will be providing consultations with a physician for those requiring COVID-19 clearance for travel. COVID-19 tests will not be conducted, but a letter from the physician will be provided stating you have been medically cleared to travel. Appointments are required and standard visit fees will apply.

Contact information

Vancouver Coastal Health Travel/Vaccination Clinic
Unit L5 – 601 West Broadway, Vancouver
Telephone: (604) 736-9244

Click the map to see this location on Google Maps.

Private pay clinics

There are some private pay clinics that offer testing for a fee to people who require asymptomatic testing for reasons that fall outside of B.C. public health recommendations, as outlined in the testing guidelines, such as for travel or employment.

Please contact these clinics directly to learn more and to arrange for this testing.

Returning from travel

If you travel outside of Canada, you are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days and complete a self-isolation plan. Self-isolation plans must be reviewed by provincial government officials before travellers can return home. Learn more about travellers entering Canada on the Government of Canada website

Stay home if you are sick

The Public Health Agency of Canada is advising travellers to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. If you have cold, influenza or COVID-19 symptoms, even mild ones, staying at home is the best way to prevent the spread of contagious respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Follow advice from your health-care provider, use the COVID-19 self-assessment tool at bc.thrive.health or call 8-1-1. If your symptoms worsen and, if indicated, get tested at your local COVID-19 collection centre

For more information, visit the COVID-19 section on VCH.ca.

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