Travel advisory: Safe travel this fall - Last updated October 14, 2021 View ×

Your journey. Your safety. Our priority. 

Canada-wide recreational travel is back and all BC Ferries routes are open to all types of travel.

Extra cleaning and sanitizing measures will remain in place to ensure a safe travel experience for customers and crew this fall.

Following the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, as of October 12:

  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces on BC Ferries vessels and at terminals for all passengers 5 and older, with the following exceptions:
    • when inside a vehicle
    • when consuming food or drinks in designated areas
    • persons with a medical condition or disability that inhibits the ability to wear a mask
    • persons unable to place or remove a mask without assistance
    • BC Ferries employees working behind a physical barrier or within employee-only areas, provided physical distancing is maintained
  • Proof of vaccination is not required.
  • Be respectful of others’ personal space and continue to practice good hygiene, including frequent handwashing.
  • If you or anyone in your family feel sick stay home and get tested.
  • Find more information on BC’s Restart Plan and how it impacts your travel plans.

We’re asking customers to continue to heed Dr. Bonnie Henry's advice to be kind, be calm, and be safe. BC Ferries does not tolerate any abuse, including verbal abuse, towards its employees. Any customer who abuses an employee will be denied service. 

Travel to Indigenous Communities 

In keeping with BC’s Restart Plan, most Indigenous communities in BC are accepting visitors as of June 15th. Haida Gwaii will start to accept visitors from BC and across Canada from July 1st onwards. Before visiting, we recommend that you check the latest information available from the accommodation, activity and local transportation businesses you are planning to visit and use. 

Indigenous Tourism BC has a list of Indigenous communities and experiences in the province that are currently open and welcoming visitors, including tips on how to visit responsibly.

Foot passengers

When travelling, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces on BC Ferries vessels and at terminals for passengers 5 and older, with the above exceptions. Reservations for foot passengers are available for travel between Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen - Duke Point, Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay, Tsawwassen - Southern Gulf Islands, and our North Coast routes, and can now be made online.  On all other routes, foot passengers will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis until passenger capacity has been reached, and tickets may be purchased at the terminal.


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For Immediate Release
July 30, 2020

Province removes priority boarding for residents of ferry sailing destinations

VICTORIA – Today, the Province amended Ministerial Order (MO84) to remove priority loading for residents of ferry sailing destinations. BC Ferries will implement this change starting tomorrow, July 31, 2020.
Order in Council No. 451 repeals section 10 (1) (b) of Ministerial Order MO84. Here is the excerpt:

10 (1) British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. and all other ferry operators within the Province which carry both vehicles and passengers must implement all procedures necessary to ensure priority loading on ferries for the following:
(a) vehicles carrying essential goods and supplies;
(b) residents of ferry sailing destinations.

In line with the amendment, starting tomorrow, BC Ferries will return to providing equal access to all customers without reservations, with the exception of vehicles carrying essential goods and supplies as defined in MO84. These vehicles will continue to receive priority loading. Drivers of vehicles carrying essential good and supplies should inform the ticket agent when arriving at the ticket booth.

“More and more British Columbians are choosing to vacation at home this summer, and we are working to balance all the needs and pressures on the ferry system,” said Corrine Storey, BC Ferries’ Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We know that many communities want to bring back tourism while ensuring safety in the communities to restart their economies. We believe this amendment to the Ministerial Order will help. BC Ferries will continue to load reserved traffic as booked and standby vehicles carrying essential goods on the next available sailing, before other customers.”

BC Ferries requires customers to possess a face covering and wear it when physical distancing of two metres cannot be maintained. Please continue to follow Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice to be kind, be calm, and be safe. Vessel and terminal staff are working hard to adjust to changing circumstances and to implement protocols and procedures that keep everyone safe and healthy.

“We recognize all these changes have been frustrating for some customers. We ask that you bear with us as we monitor and respond to what is happening as quickly as we can,” adds Storey. “We are all in this together and we appreciate your patience as our team works to navigate this new normal. We have a zero-tolerance policy for abuse of our workers, which includes verbal abuse. We take this issue so seriously that abuse of any kind may result in denial of service.”
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