Information current

July 10, 2020

We're in Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions. If you have non-medical questions, email covid19info@gov.yk.ca or phone 1-877-374-0425.

For medical questions or if you feel ill, phone 811, or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

Border restrictions during COVID-19

Enforcement numbers updated: July 9, 2020 – 14:50

Total travellers 21,691
CEMA complaints 296
Charges laid under CEMA 4
   

CEMA is the Civil Emergency Measures Act.

Download the Information for People Entering Yukon brochure.

July 1, 2020, travel update for residents of Canada

All residents of Canada can travel into Yukon as of July, 1, 2020. However, some residents of Canada will have to self-isolate in Whitehorse when they arrive in the territory.

While travelling in Yukon remember to practise the 6 steps to staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our CEMA enforcement officers decide who can enter Yukon based on the information the traveller provides.

Find out if you have to self-isolate in Yukon

Who does not need to self-isolate when they arrive in Yukon?

  • Critical workers
  • Residents of Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Nunavut as long as they:
    • can prove they’re a resident of 1 of those 4 jurisdictions by showing valid identification; and
    • complete a declaration to confirm they have not travelled outside of Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut in the 14 days before they enter Yukon.

Minor children travelling with their parents do not need to show proof of residency. If an outbreak occurs, we can change or revoke these self-isolation exemption measures.

Who has to self-isolate in Whitehorse?

  • All residents of Canada who do not live in Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut.
  • Residents of Yukon living in Whitehorse who’ve travelled outside of Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut.
  • Residents of British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut who've travelled outside out these 3 regions and Yukon in the 14 days before arriving in Yukon.
  • Residents of Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut, who fly into Yukon on a flight that has a stopover outside of these 4 regions.

If you're a Yukoner living outside of Whitehorse

Yukoners living in communities outside Whitehorse who’ve travelled outside Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut can self-isolate in their home communities.

If you have to self-isolate, you may be eligible for an alternative self-isolation plan.

Where can you self-isolate in Whitehorse?

You’re responsible for covering the cost of your self-isolation accommodation. You cannot self-isolate at a Government of Yukon campground, but you can self-isolate in a hotel or similar accommodation. Email us and we can help you to figure out your self-isolation plan: covid19info@gov.yk.ca.

Non-essential travel to or through Yukon

Yukon is not open to tourists from outside Canada. Americans in transit to, or from, Alaska must complete their travel through Yukon within 24 hours.

What border restrictions are there?

People entering Yukon will be stopped at either the border or airports. They have to show valid identification and documentation. If they are not residents of Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut, they have to show a detailed self-isolation plan to enforcement officers and self-isolate for 14 days.

Where are enforcement officers located?

Check stations are a measure to ensure that all travellers have the information they need to:

  • prevent the spread of COVID-19; and
  • keep themselves and other Yukoners safe.

Hours for Yukon-British Columbia border enforcement

Travellers entering Yukon from British Columbia have to stop at the Watson Lake weigh station, or the Yukon-British Columbia border at Junction 37. Enforcement officers are on duty at both locations 24/7.

Erik Neilson International Airport

Government of Yukon Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) enforcement officers are at the Whitehorse airport when flights arrive.

Other border crossings

The CEMA enforcement officers are also collaborating with the Canada Border Services Agency and officials in the Northwest Territories (NWT) for the following border crossings:

  • Fraser, British Columbia, border crossing;
  • Pleasant Camp, British Columbia, border crossing;
  • Beaver Creek, Yukon, border crossing; and
  • Yukon-NWT border on the Dempster Highway.
What information is required for travelling to Yukon?

When you stop at the check station, you will need to provide:

  • valid ID;
  • your name;
  • your cell phone or home phone number;
  • your home address or address where you will be self-isolating; and
  • confirmation that you do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Every person has to provide this information when crossing into Yukon.

Proof of residency

If you are a resident of BC, NWT, or Nunavut, you must provide proof of residency. The list below provides some common examples, but other documents that prove your place of residence may be accepted by border enforcement officers.

A government-issued picture ID that also shows your address, such as a:

  • Driver’s license; or
  • BC Services Card. 

Other government-issued ID, together with a:

  • Utility bill from the past month (cell phone bills are not accepted);
  • Signed residential tenancy agreement;
  • Mortgage documentation or property tax bills; or
  • Social assistance benefit confirmation.

All ID must be valid; expired ID is not accepted.

People who'll have to self-isolate

Once through the check station, you must:

  • follow the instructions given to you by the enforcement officers;
  • proceed directly to your home or another suitable safe place;
  • do not stop for groceries or do errands on your way;
  • arrange for someone else to drop off food or provisions for you;
  • avoid unnecessary stops and limit essential stops, such as for gas, as much as possible;
  • if you do stop, practise proper physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from others you may encounter.

Find out how to self-isolate.

Exception to self-isolation 

All people who are not residents of Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Whitehorse, unless:

  • they're visiting a family member in which case they can self-isolate at their residence in Yukon; or
  • they have a home on a mine or work site that they can self-isolate in with family members only. Learn more about self-isolating at work camps. 
Who can you contact about self-isolation?

Phone us toll free between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week, 1-877-374-0425.

Email us between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, covid19info@gov.yk.ca.

If you:

  • do not have a place where you can safely self-isolate; 
  • you require support, such as picking up medication or groceries; or
  • are in need of mental wellness or substance use care while self-isolation:
Who can you contact with questions about enforcement?

If you have any questions about enforcement measures or need to report a possible infraction of a CEMA order:

Travelling through Yukon to Alaska, Northwest Territories or elsewhere

The border between the United States and Canada is closed to all non-essential travel. Americans can travel into Canada if they’re travelling:

  • to Alaska; or
  • from Alaska to the rest of the United States.

Americans travelling through Yukon have to follow a designated travel corridor. We give travellers a map of this route at Yukon borders. 

If you're travelling through Yukon

You're able to transit through Yukon so long as you do so in 24 hours. If you're in transit through Yukon, you'll need to provide confirmation that you do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

You must also:

  • follow the instructions given to you by the enforcement officers;
  • not stay at territorial campgrounds.
  • stop at the information kiosk on the Alaska Highway, just outside of Whitehorse; 
  • avoid stopping in rural communities;
  • avoid stopping for non-essential reasons;
  • practise physical distancing when buying essentials by staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people;
  • self-isolate by staying in your room if you must stay in a hotel;
  • pay at the pump if you must stop for gas; and
  • phone 811 if you develop any COVID-19-like symptoms (cough, fever, or difficulty breathing) after making a declaration at the check station.

If you're travelling to Alaska 

The state of Alaska introduced travel guidance. Read Alaska’s health guidance for travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you're travelling to Northwest Territories

Before you travel, read Northwest Territories travel guidelines.

What are the restrictions for crossing the Yukon-Alaska borders?

The Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders to limit the spread of COVID-19. This is a precautionary measure. Find out about what is considered essential travel

What is a self-isolation plan?

You have to have a self-isolation plan if you are not a resident of:

  • Yukon;
  • British Columbia;
  • Northwest Territories; or
  • Nunavut.

You'll be asked to fill this information out on a declaration form when entering Yukon. A self-isolation plan includes:

  • details of the place where you plan to stay in Yukon for the 14-day period of self-isolation;
  • details of any place where you plan to be after the period of self-isolation; and
  • personal contact information.

Find out more about self-isolation.

Where can you find the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) orders?

All Civil Emergency Measures Act orders can be found on Legislation changes for COVID-19.

What is the difference between an order and a direction?

Orders were put in place under the Civil Emergency Measures Act. Orders are the law and you're required to follow them. If you do not comply you may be fined or face the possibility of imprisonment.

Directions are strong suggestions from the Chief Medical Health Officer that people are asked to follow to ensure public health and safety. Directions are not enforceable. 

Find out the orders and directions in Yukon.

What does a CEMA enforcement officer do?

A Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) enforcement officer enforces all orders under CEMA. They:

  • are stationed at Yukon points of entry that are not staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA);
  • collect contact information of all travellers coming through Yukon or returning home such as details of their 14-day self-isolation plans and declarations of any symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • have the ability to investigate and lay charges to any person in violation of an order under CEMA.
How to report a person breaking a Civil Emergency Measures Act order?

If you would like to report a possible infraction of a Civil Emergency Measures Act order, you can email covid19enforcement@gov.yk.ca or phone the toll-free InfoLine 1-877-374-0425

Please include all details of your complaint and an investigator will be assigned your file. This investigator will contact you if more information is required.

What happens if someone breaks a CEMA order?

If a complaint is received and an offence has occurred, then a Government of Yukon enforcement officer will follow up. Our approach to enforcement is to educate the public and ask for voluntary compliance before laying any charges.

When should you contact the RCMP?

If there is an emergency or dangerous situation that requires an immediate police response, phone 911.

Do not contact the RCMP for any possible infraction of a CEMA order. Instead, email covid19enforcement@gov.yk.ca

All residents of Canada can travel into Yukon as of July, 1, 2020. However, some residents of Canada will have to self-isolate in Whitehorse when they arrive in the territory.

While travelling in Yukon remember to practise the 6 steps to staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our CEMA enforcement officers decide who can enter Yukon based on the information the traveller provides.

Who does not need to self-isolate when they arrive in Yukon?

  • Critical workers
  • Residents of Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Nunavut as long as they:
    • can prove they’re a resident of 1 of those 4 jurisdictions by showing valid identification; and
    • complete a declaration to confirm they have not travelled outside of Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut in the 14 days before they enter Yukon.

Minor children travelling with their parents do not need to show proof of residency. If an outbreak occurs, we can change or revoke these self-isolation exemption measures.

Who has to self-isolate in Whitehorse?

  • All residents of Canada who do not live in Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut.
  • Residents of Yukon living in Whitehorse who’ve travelled outside of Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut.
  • Residents of British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut who've travelled outside out these 3 regions and Yukon in the 14 days before arriving in Yukon.
  • Residents of Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut, who fly into Yukon on a flight that has a stopover outside of these 4 regions.

If you're a Yukoner living outside of Whitehorse

Yukoners living in communities outside Whitehorse who’ve travelled outside Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut can self-isolate in their home communities.

If you have to self-isolate, you may be eligible for an alternative self-isolation plan.

Where can you self-isolate in Whitehorse?

You’re responsible for covering the cost of your self-isolation accommodation. You cannot self-isolate at a Government of Yukon campground, but you can self-isolate in a hotel or similar accommodation. Email us and we can help you to figure out your self-isolation plan: covid19info@gov.yk.ca.

Yukon is not open to tourists from outside Canada. Americans in transit to, or from, Alaska must complete their travel through Yukon within 24 hours.

People entering Yukon will be stopped at either the border or airports. They have to show valid identification and documentation. If they are not residents of Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut, they have to show a detailed self-isolation plan to enforcement officers and self-isolate for 14 days.

Check stations are a measure to ensure that all travellers have the information they need to:

  • prevent the spread of COVID-19; and
  • keep themselves and other Yukoners safe.

Hours for Yukon-British Columbia border enforcement

Travellers entering Yukon from British Columbia have to stop at the Watson Lake weigh station, or the Yukon-British Columbia border at Junction 37. Enforcement officers are on duty at both locations 24/7.

Erik Neilson International Airport

Government of Yukon Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) enforcement officers are at the Whitehorse airport when flights arrive.

Other border crossings

The CEMA enforcement officers are also collaborating with the Canada Border Services Agency and officials in the Northwest Territories (NWT) for the following border crossings:

  • Fraser, British Columbia, border crossing;
  • Pleasant Camp, British Columbia, border crossing;
  • Beaver Creek, Yukon, border crossing; and
  • Yukon-NWT border on the Dempster Highway.

When you stop at the check station, you will need to provide:

  • valid ID;
  • your name;
  • your cell phone or home phone number;
  • your home address or address where you will be self-isolating; and
  • confirmation that you do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Every person has to provide this information when crossing into Yukon.

Proof of residency

If you are a resident of BC, NWT, or Nunavut, you must provide proof of residency. The list below provides some common examples, but other documents that prove your place of residence may be accepted by border enforcement officers.

A government-issued picture ID that also shows your address, such as a:

  • Driver’s license; or
  • BC Services Card. 

Other government-issued ID, together with a:

  • Utility bill from the past month (cell phone bills are not accepted);
  • Signed residential tenancy agreement;
  • Mortgage documentation or property tax bills; or
  • Social assistance benefit confirmation.

All ID must be valid; expired ID is not accepted.

People who'll have to self-isolate

Once through the check station, you must:

  • follow the instructions given to you by the enforcement officers;
  • proceed directly to your home or another suitable safe place;
  • do not stop for groceries or do errands on your way;
  • arrange for someone else to drop off food or provisions for you;
  • avoid unnecessary stops and limit essential stops, such as for gas, as much as possible;
  • if you do stop, practise proper physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from others you may encounter.

Find out how to self-isolate.

Exception to self-isolation 

All people who are not residents of Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Whitehorse, unless:

  • they're visiting a family member in which case they can self-isolate at their residence in Yukon; or
  • they have a home on a mine or work site that they can self-isolate in with family members only. Learn more about self-isolating at work camps. 

Phone us toll free between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week, 1-877-374-0425.

Email us between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, covid19info@gov.yk.ca.

If you:

  • do not have a place where you can safely self-isolate; 
  • you require support, such as picking up medication or groceries; or
  • are in need of mental wellness or substance use care while self-isolation:

If you have any questions about enforcement measures or need to report a possible infraction of a CEMA order:

The border between the United States and Canada is closed to all non-essential travel. Americans can travel into Canada if they’re travelling:

  • to Alaska; or
  • from Alaska to the rest of the United States.

Americans travelling through Yukon have to follow a designated travel corridor. We give travellers a map of this route at Yukon borders. 

If you're travelling through Yukon

You're able to transit through Yukon so long as you do so in 24 hours. If you're in transit through Yukon, you'll need to provide confirmation that you do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

You must also:

  • follow the instructions given to you by the enforcement officers;
  • not stay at territorial campgrounds.
  • stop at the information kiosk on the Alaska Highway, just outside of Whitehorse; 
  • avoid stopping in rural communities;
  • avoid stopping for non-essential reasons;
  • practise physical distancing when buying essentials by staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people;
  • self-isolate by staying in your room if you must stay in a hotel;
  • pay at the pump if you must stop for gas; and
  • phone 811 if you develop any COVID-19-like symptoms (cough, fever, or difficulty breathing) after making a declaration at the check station.

If you're travelling to Alaska 

The state of Alaska introduced travel guidance. Read Alaska’s health guidance for travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you're travelling to Northwest Territories

Before you travel, read Northwest Territories travel guidelines.

The Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders to limit the spread of COVID-19. This is a precautionary measure. Find out about what is considered essential travel

You have to have a self-isolation plan if you are not a resident of:

  • Yukon;
  • British Columbia;
  • Northwest Territories; or
  • Nunavut.

You'll be asked to fill this information out on a declaration form when entering Yukon. A self-isolation plan includes:

  • details of the place where you plan to stay in Yukon for the 14-day period of self-isolation;
  • details of any place where you plan to be after the period of self-isolation; and
  • personal contact information.

Find out more about self-isolation.

Orders were put in place under the Civil Emergency Measures Act. Orders are the law and you're required to follow them. If you do not comply you may be fined or face the possibility of imprisonment.

Directions are strong suggestions from the Chief Medical Health Officer that people are asked to follow to ensure public health and safety. Directions are not enforceable. 

Find out the orders and directions in Yukon.

A Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) enforcement officer enforces all orders under CEMA. They:

  • are stationed at Yukon points of entry that are not staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA);
  • collect contact information of all travellers coming through Yukon or returning home such as details of their 14-day self-isolation plans and declarations of any symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • have the ability to investigate and lay charges to any person in violation of an order under CEMA.

If you would like to report a possible infraction of a Civil Emergency Measures Act order, you can email covid19enforcement@gov.yk.ca or phone the toll-free InfoLine 1-877-374-0425

Please include all details of your complaint and an investigator will be assigned your file. This investigator will contact you if more information is required.

If a complaint is received and an offence has occurred, then a Government of Yukon enforcement officer will follow up. Our approach to enforcement is to educate the public and ask for voluntary compliance before laying any charges.

If there is an emergency or dangerous situation that requires an immediate police response, phone 911.

Do not contact the RCMP for any possible infraction of a CEMA order. Instead, email covid19enforcement@gov.yk.ca