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Fernie Travel & COVID Updates

Monday • July 18, 2022

Travel is fully welcome to Fernie!

Fernie is expecting a busy summer and fall season, we recommend booking your accommodations soon. Fernie is experiencing some labour shortages like many other destinations, please plan ahead, be kind and be patient.

NEW - As of July 19th the Canadian Government has re-established mandatory random testing offsite of airports for air travellers arriving into Canada. Mandatory random testing continues at land border points of entry.

COVID-19 Travel Updates:

USA & International Travellers

International border travel is controlled by the Canadian Government - click here for all travel rules.

To enter Canada all non-essential (ie tourists) travellers 12 years of age and older must:

  • Be fully vaccinated. Vaccinations must be those approved by the Canadian government and you must have received your 2nd dose at least 15 days prior to travel into Canada.  Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under 12 years of age are not required to test if they are travelling with fully vaccinated adult.
  • use the ArriveCAN App prior to travelling. You must submit your information into the ArriveCAN app within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada. The App will require you to submit contact and travel details, proof of vaccination details, and more.

Upon your entry to Canada by air or at a land border crossing, the border services officer may notify you that you've been randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test.  For more details read recent article.

Ensure you are aware of any travel requirements by your own government on your return back into your country or that of any other countries you are travelling to. Allow the time needed for any COVID-19 testing.

Vaccination Requirements

As of April 8, 2022 - Proof of vaccination NO LONGER required when in BC. The Provincial Health Officer order requiring events, services or businesses to check for proof of vaccination in British Columbia is no longer in place.

As of June 20, 2022 passengers travelling within Canada no longer need to be fully vaccinated to board a plane or train in Canada. Masks are still mandatory.

To enter Canada all non-essential (ie tourists) travellers 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated and use the ArriveCAN app prior to travelling to Canada.


Current Mask & Gathering Restrictions

  • Masks are no longer mandatory in public indoor spaces in all of BC. However, health centres, airports and other government facilities masks are or may be still required.
  • There are no gathering size restrictions or capacity limitations (personal gatherings, organized gatherings, weddings, restaurants, bars, pubs, theatres, vacation rentals etc).

Need a COVID TEST while in Canada?

If you are unwell please call 811 for advice. If you need to see a doctor visit the local emergency department at the Fernie Hospital, if you are not a resident ask about the costs first. Rapid tests are now available at local pharmacies.

Testing for Travel Purposes:

The nearest location to Fernie for COVID-19 testing for travel purposes is in Cranbrook, an hour drive west of Fernie. For details visit:

Testing is also available at the Calgary and Vancouver International Airports for travellers flying but must be booked in advance.

  • Calgary and at the Calgary International Airport with Numi Health
  • Vancouver and at the Vancouver International Airport with LifeLabs

Testing in the USA, nearby locations:

Testing for COVID If You Have Symptoms:

Local COVID-19 testing is in Sparwood (20 min drive from Fernie) but is only for those experiencing symptoms or those who have been sent for testing by local health care providers. A COVID-19 test can be booked online at "Book a Covid-19 Test”. Alternatively, the Test Booking Phone line can be reached by calling 1-877-740-7747.


Questions? Our website has lots of information to get you started. For more details contact individual businesses directly or call the Fernie Visitor Centre staff at 1-778-519-0748 or by email at

When you arrive in town, the staff at the Fernie Visitor Centre, located on Hwy 3 north of town, open Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm (Spring season hours), will be available to help answer any of your questions.

When visiting please be kind and patient. All tourism destinations big and small are facing some labour shortages. We appreciate everyone being able to understand and support the many front-line workers in our industry.

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