Travellers arriving in the Yukon from anywhere in Canada may be exempt from the 14-day self-isolation period if:
- The traveller has received their second dose of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 full days before arrival; or
- The traveller is under 12 years old and is travelling with fully vaccinated parents, guardians or caregivers.
Travellers entering the Yukon from anywhere in Canada must:
- complete a declaration form upon entry confirming their full vaccination; and
- consent to having their vaccine status verified.
If you’re unvaccinated or have only received one dose, you have to self-isolate when you arrive in Yukon. You must follow the self isolation guidelines the moment you enter the territory either by land or air, even if you tested negative for COVID-19 before arriving in the Yukon.
Effective August 4, 2021 COVID-19 guidelines in the Yukon will be changing:
- There will no longer be a self-isolation requirement for travellers entering the Yukon
- Masks will not be mandatory in indoor public spaces
- Restaurants and bars can return to full capacity
Must Know Before You Go
Proof of Vaccination
If a traveller received their vaccination in Yukon or British Columbia, they are not required to submit proof of vaccination. If a traveller received their vaccination in any other jurisdiction, they must submit proof of vaccination. Travellers can withdraw consent at any time by contacting 1.877.374.0425.
Arriving in the Yukon
If you are arriving by air:
Please check their websites for information regarding availability, safety protocols and traveller requirements.
Upon arrival in the Yukon, travellers will be met by a Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) information officer who will provide a mandatory declaration form. Canadians who are fully vaccinated, and youth under 12 travelling with fully vaccinated guardians, who are arriving from within Canada may be exempt from the self-isolation requirements. Every person who is not fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine entering the territory is required to self-isolate for 14 days.
If you are arriving by road:
There are two main points of entry to the Yukon:
- The Alaska Highway (Highway 97)
- The Stewart-Cassiar Highway (Highway 37)
When visitors arrive at the Yukon via any of our border crossings, they can expect to be greeted by a Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) information officer who will ensure they are permitted to enter the Yukon. Canadians who are fully vaccinated, and youth under 12 travelling with fully vaccinated guardians, who are arriving from within Canada may be exempt from the self-isolation requirements. Every person who is not fully vaccinated entering the territory is required to self-isolate for 14 days.
The Yukon/Alaska border is restricted for non-essential travel.
The restriction on all non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border remains in place until further notice. See the Government of Canada website for updates on the Canada-U.S. border restrictions.
- Find additional information on border enforcement measures in the Yukon.
- Get the details on visitor eligibility for people entering the Yukon.
- For complete details on self-isolation requirements, check out the resources for people entering the Yukon.
International Travellers Entering Canada
The Government of Canada is prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada by taking a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening our borders. Thanks to the hard work of Canadians, rising vaccination rates and declining COVID-19 cases, the Government of Canada is able to move forward with adjusted border measures.
On September 7, 2021, provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.
As a first step, starting August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel. This preliminary step allows for the Government of Canada to fully operationalize the adjusted border measures ahead of September 7, 2021, and recognizes the many close ties between Canadians and Americans.
- Visitors can feel confident in making travel plans as tourism businesses throughout Canada have made huge investments in new hygiene protocols.
- Canada’s adult population has one of the world’s highest rates of COVID-19 vaccination.
- Travel to Canada is going to be different than it was prior to the pandemic.
- 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.
Complete information here.
Domestic Travellers Entering the Yukon
Effective August 4, 2021, there are no self-isolation requirements for travellers entering the Yukon from within Canada. Complete details here.
Keeping Safety in Mind
COVID-19 poses a risk to the rural and remote Yukon communities. Travellers are being asked to protect the Yukoners that call these places home by being respectful of health guidelines and travel advisories. Before travelling to any Yukon community, check the Community Travel guidelines on Yukon.ca.
Always practice the Safe 6 + 1 to stay safe and be aware that some Yukon communities may have stations along the highway and will ask for personal information and travel plans before you enter their communities.
If you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms while travelling in the Yukon, self-isolate immediately and call 811 to determine if you require testing. If your symptoms worsen and you need immediate, urgent medical attention call 911. If you are in a health region and would like to get in touch with the health care centre there for guidance, you can find their contact information here. If a COVID-19 test is required, you can book a test online or by calling the clinic: 867-393-3083.
You will need to self-isolate while you wait for the results. Self-isolation for non-residents is only permitted in Whitehorse. The Emergency Support Services team can assist you in determining the safest self-isolation plan. Costs associated with self-isolation, including food, accommodation, or having to extend your stay in Yukon will be your responsibility.
While travelling, we recommend keeping a journal of when and where you visited should contact tracing be required. Please also ensure you have your health care card with you during your trip.
All Yukon businesses, including hotels and accommodations, restaurants, bars, stores, and tourist attractions that are welcoming visitors and customers are required to have a COVID-19 operational plan to ensure they are meeting the requirements of the public health measures. Many Yukon businesses have built their diligent and industry-leading safety practices around the World Travel & Tourism Council ‘Safe travels’ accreditation.
To maintain a healthy and safe atmosphere in line with health and safety guidelines, these plans include:
- Systems to maintain 2-metre physical distancing;
- Hand hygiene practices for both staff and the public;
- Employees stay home when sick;
- Adherence to self-isolation where applicable; and
- Shared areas and surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected.
Campgrounds & National Parks
Most parks and campgrounds are open and have guidelines for visitors. Always follow the safe six + 1 to stay safe. It is advised to be as self-sufficient as possible.
Government of Yukon campground guidelines for campers and park visitors:
- Pre-purchase your camping permit online (for Yukon residents) or at a licensed vendor.
- Bring extra water, soap, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.
- Stick to your social bubbles.
- Clean picnic tables before and after use.
- Do as much at your campsite or in your camper/RV’s as possible.
- Campsites are required to provide greater distances between sites and more contained areas.
- Respect the rules and safety measures put in place by campground owners.
- Tent only with a member of your household or someone in your social bubble.
National Parks & Historic Sites
- Visitors will have access to the following services and facilities:
- The Kluane National Park and Reserve Vistors Ventre at Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction
- The Thechàl Dhâl' Visitor Centre
- Kathleen Lake Campground
- Day use area
- Campfires are allowed in established rings only. Firewood supplied on site.
- Overnight visitation within the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site is permitted, however crossing the Canadian/US border while hiking the Chilkoot Trail is not permitted given the closure of the Canada/USA border. Your 2021 Chilkoot experience will be limited to hiking the Canadian or American portion only.
- Open for the summer season
- Tours are limited to social bubbles of 6 people
- Interpretive programs are running.
- Visitors can access the following services and facilities at Klondike National Historic Sites.
- The park is open with limitations based on current border measures
Restaurants and Bars
What to expect when visiting restaurants and bars in the Yukon:
- Restaurant dining rooms and bars are open to full capacity pending adherence to health guidelines.
- Businesses must maintain a list of customers’ contact information and keep the information for 30 days.
- There must be adequate signage to inform customers of physical distancing and sanitation/hygiene efforts, as well as those advising people who arrive with COVID-19-like symptoms to return home.
- Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol must be made available near doors, pay stations, and other high-touch locations for customers and staff to use.
- Single-use containers must be provided for take-out foods.
- There may be no use of reusable or customer-supplied containers.
- Customers may use their own utensils when necessary.
- Customers must wear their mask when walking about the establishment but can remove it when they are at their table.
We understand there are a lot of questions surrounding travel at this time. If you have a question about travelling to the Yukon, we’ve provided answers to some frequently asked questions so you can travel with peace of mind.