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Oct 07
Returning to school after travelling outside Canada while unvaccinated

Global travel graphic.jpgWe're a month into the new school year, and we're sure some of you are already dreaming of taking a vacation – here's what you need to know about travelling if your child is not yet vaccinated and what that means for returning to school.

Federal travel guidance around COVID-19 states that unvaccinated persons including children who travel outside of Canada cannot attend school for 14 days following their return. This restriction also applies to:

  • day cares and camps
  • settings with vulnerable people (i.e. long-term care facilities)
  • large crowded indoor or outdoor settings (i.e. amusement parks, sporting events)
  • crowded public transportation that does not ensure physical distancing and masking


If you decide to travel internationally during the school year, please coordinate with your teacher and school beforehand to ensure your child stays on top of schoolwork while they are away and for the 14 days following their return.

Unvaccinated children returning from travel must also limit contact with others for the next 14 days, especially those who have underlying medical conditions, compromised immune systems or are 65 and older. Returning travellers ages five and up must also take a COVID-19 molecular test, monitor their health and watch for symptoms related to COVID-19.

For more information on federal guidance and restrictions, visit canada.ca/coronavirus. For information on provincial measures, visit bccdc.ca/covid19 or call 811.

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