Crossing the Border

Travelling to Canada

BC is in Step 3 of the Restart Plan, which means that travellers from across Canada are invited to visit BC, and as of August 9, 2021, the Canada-US border has reopened to fully vaccinated US travellers and is intended to reopen to fully vaccinated travellers from other international countries on September 7, 2021.  We encourage all travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. This includes the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app. Travellers should plan for extra time in the lead-up, and upon the arrival of their trip. For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada’s website

Planning Your Travel
  • People who travel, regardless of citizenship, need to follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep Canadians safe, particularly given the COVID-19 variants in Canada and around the world.
  • To qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, you must:
    • Be eligible to enter Canada on the specific date you enter
    • Have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
    • Have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines 
    • Have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
      • Example: if your last dose was anytime on Thursday July 1st, then Friday July 16th would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
    • Upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
    • Meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test)
  • For detailed information, including the steps you should follow before your trip, please visit the Government of Canada website.
  • Make sure when travelling into Canada you have proper identification for yourself, and any children travelling with you, to help confirm your legal right or authorization to enter into Canada. All international traveller’s identification must be acceptable as well as valid visas (if necessary) to ensure entry; a passport is recommended because it is the only reliable, universally-accepted travel/identification document for the purpose of international travel. To learn more about identification requirements and other important information about crossing the USA/Canada border check out the Canadian Border Services Agency website or the Canada Welcomes You website

SUrrey's Borders

Surrey is home to two borders that cross into the United States: the Peace Arch Border Crossing and the Pacific Highway Border Crossing. The Peace Arch Border Crossing is slightly more accessible, making it the more popular point of entry for international travellers. As the two borders are just under a mile apart, the Pacfic Highway Crossing is a great alternative for when the Peace Arch Crossing becomes overwhemingly backed up. 

PEace Arch Border Crossing

The Peace Arch Border Crossing connects the city of Surrey with the small town of Blaine, Washington. It is located along Highway 99 on the Canadian Side, and Interstate 5 on the American side. As the border is connected by major highways on both sides, it is the prefered point of entry to get to larger cities, such as Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, since it provides the most direct routes. It is the third busiest border crossing between the two countries; at peak times, waits can be up to four hours long, with an average of 4,800 cars crossing through per day. Click here for live footage of the Peace Arch Border line-up going both North and South bound

Pacific Highway Border Crossing

Like Peace Arch, the Pacific Highway Border Crossing also connects the city of Surrey with the small town of Blaine, Washington. It is located on the what was once know as the Pacific Highway which runs from Vancouver, British Columbia to San Diego, California. On the Canadian side, the highway is now signed as British Columbia Highway 15 and on the American side it now the Washington State Route 543. Since 1970, all commericial vehicles are required to use the Pacfic Highway Crossing if they are planning to cross the border between Surrey and Blaine. It is now one of the top five busiest commercial border crossings between Canada and the USA. Click here for live footage of the Pacific Highway Border line-up going both North and South bound. 

The Best Things to Do Once You've Crossed The Border

Once you arrive in Canada you will be moments away from some of Greater Vancouver’s best restaurants, activities, events, and more!  Surrey is a fantastic travel hub, minutes from downtown Vancouver and close to nature trails, amazing beaches, eclectic, local shops, global restaurants and one-of-a-kind heritage sites that will transport you back in time to the pioneer days.

Here are a few highlights and resources: