COVID-19 Update – April 23, 2021 – New Travel Restrictions + Extension of PHO Province-wide Restrictions

Please note the following COVID-19 updates for April 23, 2021:

  1. New Travel Restrictions
  1. New provincial travel order effective April 23, 2021

A new order will expand existing travel restrictions to ensure that British Columbians stay within their local areas and reduce non-essential travel.

o   Travel restrictions to stop non-essential travel between geographic regions in B.C. will be in effect until May 25, 2021.

o   All non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel for vacation and recreation purposes.


§  Essential travel includes travel for post-secondary education and training.

  • Travel to attend classes or receive training through a post-secondary institution, including participating in practical learning activities such as fieldwork, practicums and clinical placements, is not subject the travel restrictions as part of a broad exemption for post-secondary education and training.
  1. Government of Canada suspension of flights from India and Pakistan effective April 22, 2021 for 30 days

o   Mental health supports, including, are available to B.C. post-secondary international students who are affected by the new federal flight restrictions between India, Pakistan and Canada.

o   B.C. will continue to monitor changes to federal travel restrictions and communicate with institutions to ensure BC is responding to all new federal requirements.

  1. Extension of PHO Province-Wide Restrictions

The existing province-wide restrictions have been extended until midnight May 25, 2021 to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Thank you for the important role you play in supporting the provincial COVID-19 response. Please share this update broadly within your respective institutions.


COVID-19 Resources:

  • COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for BC’s Post-secondary Sector are hosted on government’s public website.
  • Guidance and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer are available online at the COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information website.
  • If you require advice regarding a potential COVID-19 case, please contact your local Medical Health Officer.