Information is based on travel restrictions from United Kingdom to Vancouver Island
Most visitors from United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Vancouver Island.
COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to Vancouver Island.
Visitors from United Kingdom are not required to quarantine after entering Vancouver Island.
Returning to United Kingdom from Vancouver Island
COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Vancouver Island are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering United Kingdom.
Visitors from Vancouver Island are not required to quarantine after entering United Kingdom.
Flights from the United Kingdom to Vancouver Island, Canada range from about 9.5h-20h. Your precise flight time will depend on several factors, including departure city, the number, and length of any stopovers, and your budget. With a direct flight, your journey to Vancouver will be on the shorter end of the range, while those with a stopover or two will likely have a flight time of closer to the 20-hour mark, depending on the length of each stopover.
You can enjoy direct flights to Vancouver Island from London Gatwick Airport. These flights are serviced several times daily from airlines including Air Transat and WestJet. Air Transat also provides daily direct flights to Vancouver from Manchester. If your flight to Vancouver Island has stopovers along the way, you can expect these to occur in common layover cities like London, Amsterdam, Newark, Seattle, Edmonton, and Calgary.
When you fly to Vancouver Island from the UK, you’ll alight at Vancouver International Airport (YVR), about 14km from Vancouver city centre. To reach the city centre from the airport, you have several efficient options. You can take the high-speed Canada Line rail outside the international terminal to downtown Vancouver in under 30 minutes, all for about £6. You can instead opt to take a taxi from the 2nd level outside the international terminal. The fare will be about £22, depending on your precise destination, and with a journey time of about 30 minutes. Car rentals are also available onsite for those who wish to drive during their Vancouver holiday. Also be sure to see if your hotel provides shuttle rides, which oftentimes are complimentary.
Vancouver is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada, thanks to its modern and urban feel mixed with its gorgeous natural scenery. During your holiday, be sure to explore Granville Island, which you can access via Aquabus, and experience these eclectic neighbourhoods funky shops, fascinating art galleries, and picture-perfect cafés. Visit Grouse Mountain, an ideal spot for wintertime skiing or off-season hiking, providing breathtaking views and heart-pumping fun all in one afternoon. Love heights? Take a stroll across the Capilano Suspension Bridge 230-feet above the Capilano River in North Vancouver. The bridge is 450-feet long, so be sure you really enjoy heights before starting your trek across. Shop and dine in trendy Robson Street, especially perfect for fashionistas of all ages. There are also many world-class dining spots that celebrate local cuisine.
British citizens travelling to Vancouver Island, Canada need a valid passport to enter the country. A visa is not required for tourists, although you will need an Electronic Travel Authorisation in place before you fly.