Do I need to self-isolate after international travel?
Yes. Anyone who travels outside of Canada is required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return per the federal government’s Quarantine Act, as well as the Provincial Health Officer’s self-isolation order.
Health care workers who travel outside of Canada for personal reasons (i.e., vacation, visiting family/friends), must quarantine for 14 days and complete a self-isolation plan. During this time, you are not permitted to attend work; however, if the nature of an employee’s role allows for work from home, they may be able to do so; prior to departing on vacation staff must contact their manager to discuss options (e.g., booking additional vacation or LOA time to allow for isolation).
PHC will not cover wages for the isolation period. Staff must advise their manager if they plan on leaving Canada during their vacation and request an approved leave for the duration of the 14-day self-isolation period prior to departing on vacation. Leave requests are subject to operational requirements, and if approved, would be considered additional vacation days or unpaid leave.
Please be mindful of current international travel as well as provincial restrictions that may affect travel within certain provinces and territories within Canada.
Travel within B.C.
During Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan, respectful and safe travel is permitted across the province. Please do not travel or visit public places if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, be keep in mind that a number of B.C. First Nations have restrictions against non-essential travel to their territories.
Travel within Canada
Currently in B.C. there are no travel restrictions on travellers arriving from other provinces. British Columbians travelling to other provinces or territories should check the region’s public health information to find out about travel restrictions and follow the local provincial or territorial guidance.
Non-essential international travel
Both federal and provincial advisories suggest avoiding international travel at this time. Anyone who travels outside of Canada is subject to the federal government’s Quarantine Act, as well as the Provincial Health Officer’s self-isolation order. All returning travellers must provide their plan for self-isolation and quarantine for 14 days.
Health-care workers crossing the border for personal reasons (personal vacations, visiting friends/family) are subject to the Federal Quarantine Order and must quarantine for 14 days. During this time, they are not permitted to return to work, and PHC will not cover wages for the isolation period. Staff may need to consider booking additional vacation or LOA time to allow for isolation and should contact their manager to discuss options.
Essential international travel
Several categories of people are exempted from this order because they provide critical services. Essential health-care workers crossing the Canadian border specifically for work purposes may be exempt.
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