Travellers arriving in the Yukon are no longer required to complete a self-isolation period.
Mask use in indoor spaces is no longer mandatory but is strongly encouraged, particularly when people are in close quarters where it is difficult to physically distance. The following establishments have the right to request that their clients wear masks before entering a space and their requests should be respected:
- Retail shops and grocers
- Bars and restaurants
- Recreational centres
- Public or private transit
- Bars and restaurants will be able to return to full capacity for bar and countertop services.
Effective 30 November 2021, proof of vaccination will be required to access non-essential services in the Yukon. All patrons of non-essential services, public events, and participants in recreational activities will be required to show proof they are fully vaccinated. This will not apply to youth recreational leagues for those under 12.
Learn more about the current COVID-19 situation in the Yukon.
Know Before You Go
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.
Effective September 7th, 2021 fully vaccinated, asymptomatic international travellers will be eligible to enter Canada. These individuals must:
Be fully vaccinated: a traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
Have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or their arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Antigen tests, often called “rapid tests” are not accepted;
Submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan;
Be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
Take a test on arrival, if selected.
PCR tests are available at Hummingbird Mobile Health in downtown Whitehorse. Tests results are available within 24 hours and are internationally recognized. Bookings are required and can be made here. Hummingbird Mobile Health has a physician consultant who signs off on the appropriate paperwork that the other national government require in addition to the test result. They provide this document in addition to a travel certificate (hard copy/email).
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.
Restaurants & bars are open to full capacity. 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:
- Hand hygiene practices for both staff and the public
- Employees stay home when sick
- Adherence to self-isolation where applicable
- Shared areas and surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected
Restaurants & Bars
What to expect when visiting restaurants and bars in the Yukon:
- Restaurant dining rooms and bars are open to full capacity.
- 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