Information current

June 18, 2021

Practise the Safe 6 and wear a mask. For medical questions or if you feel ill phone 811, or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

For non-medical questions, contact the COVID-19 infoline: email covid19info@yukon.ca or phone 1-877-374-0425.

Information for people entering Yukon

If you have questions about borders and enforcement, phone toll free 1-877-374-0425 or email covid19enforcement@yukon.ca.

Who has to self-isolate upon arriving in Yukon?

If you're unvaccinated 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.

What if you tested negative for COVID-19 before arriving in Yukon?

If you're unvaccinated and you tested negative for a COVID-19 before arriving in Yukon, you still have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Find out about self-isolation after travel.

If you're arriving in Yukon from outside of Canada

You can travel to your destination in Yukon, but you must follow additional federal rules for quarantine prior to arrival. This is in addition to Yukon self-isolation requirements.

Federal quarantine rules are different from Yukon self-isolation rules. 

Find out what the federal quarantine laws are. 

Where to self-isolate

You must self-isolate for 14 days in Whitehorse unless you’re:

  • staying with a family member who is a Yukon resident and they live outside the city; or
  • a Yukon resident who does not live in Whitehorse.

When you self-isolate or quarantine, you have to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19.

Why is self-isolation 14 days long?

You have to isolate for 14 days because this is how long it takes most people to become sick after they’ve been infected with COVID-19. During most of the time between exposure and infection, people will test negative. This negative result does not mean that people will not become sick.

Learn more about self-isolation.

Who does not have to self-isolate upon arriving in Yukon?

If you’ve received your 2nd dose of a vaccine approved in Canada at least 14 full days before you enter Yukon, you’re fully vaccinated. You do not need to self-isolate.

When you come to Yukon you must:

You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting 1-877-374-0425.

Proof of vaccination

If you got your shots in Yukon or British Columbia, you do not need to submit proof of vaccination.

If you got your shots outside of Yukon and British Columbia, you must submit proof of vaccination.

Children under 12

Starting June 18, 2021, children under 12 returning from outside Yukon will not have to self-isolate for 14 days if they're with a fully vaccinated parent or caregiver.

Critical service workers

You do not have to fully self-isolate if you’re a critical service worker who:

  • has left or arrived in Yukon for work; and
  • is required immediately at your place of work.

You may perform your work duties but you must self-isolate when you are not working.

Residents of Yukon border areas

You live in the British Columbia-Yukon border area or another Yukon border area and you have not been outside the border area in the 14 days before you arrived in Yukon.

Border areas include:

  • Atlin;
  • Lower Post;
  • Fireside;
  • Jade City;
  • Good Hope Lake;
  • Fraser; and
  • Pleasant Camp.
Land 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 from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. 7 days a week.

  1. Travellers arriving outside of these hours will be required to stop at an on-site kiosk.
  2. They must sign a declaration.
  3. Unvaccinated travellers have to submit their self-isolation plan, along with a contact number.
  4. Completing the self-declaration is required by law.

The Canada Border Services Agency controls all land borders into Yukon from Alaska. We are working closely and collaboratively with CBSA.

There are signs directing those travelling along the Dempster Highway to contact us if they're entering from outside of Yukon.

What information must you provide at the border?

You must:

  • show valid government issued identification;
  • provide a self-isolation plan;
  • confirm that you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms; and
  • fill out a declaration form.
    • Fill out Option A if you are wanting to be exempt from self-isolation due to vaccination status.
    • Fill out Option B if you don't qualify for an exemption.
    • Fill out Option C if you are transiting through Yukon.

If you are a critical service worker or resident of Yukon or the BC-Yukon border areas and you have not been outside Yukon or the BC-Yukon border area in the last 14 days, you must also provide valid proof that you are not required to self-isolate.

If you get sick while travelling or working in Yukon

If you feel unwell or have any symptoms of COVID-19 while you're in Yukon:

  1. Self-isolate, and then:
  2. Follow the advice you're given.

Find out how to self-isolate.

Find out how to arrange for testing.

 

Do you have questions or need support with self-isolation?

If you require support while self-isolating, such as mental wellness or substance use care, contact the COVID-19 InfoLine.

If you do not have a place where you can safely self-isolate, you can:

  • email covid19info@yukon.ca; or
  • phone the Self-Isolation Facility Assistance(SIFA) team 867-332-4587.

The SIFA team works to review and approve requests to self-isolate at the facility in Whitehorse. The facility is for emergency use only. The SIFA team can also work with you to develop a safe self-isolation plan. 

Be aware that any costs to do with self-isolation, including food, accommodation or for having to extend your stay in Yukon will be your responsibility.

The SIFA team answers their phone Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The team does not answer this phone on holidays or weekends.

Outside of these hours, you can leave messages on the SIFA phone. These will be returned on the following business day.

You can also call the COVID-19 InfoLine toll-free at 1-877-374-0425 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day.

Find out how to safely self-isolate.

Where can you self-isolate?

Yukon residents

For Yukon residents and their relatives, self-isolation can take place in all communities. After arriving in Whitehorse, they're allowed to travel to their home community to safely self-isolate:

  • at home; or
  • another facility that's capable of meeting the requirements.

Non-Yukon residents

Anyone that is not a Yukon resident, and who is required to self-isolate, must do so in Whitehorse. There are limited exceptions included in the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order.

You are responsible for covering the cost of your self-isolation accommodation, with limited exceptions. 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@yukon.ca.

We recommend that you keep a journal or detailed record of when and where you visited during your time in Yukon. This will help in the event that contract tracing is required. If you do experience symptoms, contact tracing will help us limit the spread. Please have your health care card with you during your trip.

Travelling through Yukon to reach Alaska, NWT or elsewhere
  • You must transit through Yukon within 24 hours.

  • Avoid stopping in rural communities.
  • Do not stop for non-essential reasons. If you must get gas, pay at the pump. If you must stay overnight at a hotel, self-isolate in your room.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms during your transit, stop and phone 811.

Travel to or from Alaska

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. This is legislated in section 2(3) of the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order. We give travellers a map of this route at Yukon borders.

These maps show mandated travel routes.

Read the State of Alaska's health guidance for travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mask wearing is mandatory in Yukon
What are the current orders and directions?

Orders given by the Minister of Community Services and the Chief Medical Officer of Health are enforceable under the Civil Emergency Measures Act and the Public Health and Safety Act. Anyone who fails to obey an order may be subject to a fine up to $500 per day, up to 6 months in prison, or both. Charges under the Public Health and Safety Act (PHSA) may include fines of up to $5,000 per day.

Directions are guidance and advice to limit the spread of COVID-19. Although they are not enforceable, they should be followed.

Read Orders and directions

Information for Yukoners abroad

Get the latest updates about your situation

All Yukoners abroad need to sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service.

Find Government of Canada’s COVID-related travel advice

Get the latest information about your destination or where you are.

Financial help for Yukoners abroad

COVID-19: Financial help for Canadians outside Canada

Travel across Canada-US border

The Canada Border Services Agency infoline provides up-to-date information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Phone the infoline in Canada.

Toll free 1-800-461-9999

TTY (for those with hearing or speech impairments) 1-866-335-3237

Phone the infoline from outside Canada

Long distance charges apply

1-204-983-3500

1-506-636-5064

If you're unvaccinated 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.

What if you tested negative for COVID-19 before arriving in Yukon?

If you're unvaccinated and you tested negative for a COVID-19 before arriving in Yukon, you still have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Find out about self-isolation after travel.

If you're arriving in Yukon from outside of Canada

You can travel to your destination in Yukon, but you must follow additional federal rules for quarantine prior to arrival. This is in addition to Yukon self-isolation requirements.

Federal quarantine rules are different from Yukon self-isolation rules. 

Find out what the federal quarantine laws are. 

Where to self-isolate

You must self-isolate for 14 days in Whitehorse unless you’re:

  • staying with a family member who is a Yukon resident and they live outside the city; or
  • a Yukon resident who does not live in Whitehorse.

When you self-isolate or quarantine, you have to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19.

Why is self-isolation 14 days long?

You have to isolate for 14 days because this is how long it takes most people to become sick after they’ve been infected with COVID-19. During most of the time between exposure and infection, people will test negative. This negative result does not mean that people will not become sick.

Learn more about self-isolation.

If you’ve received your 2nd dose of a vaccine approved in Canada at least 14 full days before you enter Yukon, you’re fully vaccinated. You do not need to self-isolate.

When you come to Yukon you must:

You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting 1-877-374-0425.

Proof of vaccination

If you got your shots in Yukon or British Columbia, you do not need to submit proof of vaccination.

If you got your shots outside of Yukon and British Columbia, you must submit proof of vaccination.

Children under 12

Starting June 18, 2021, children under 12 returning from outside Yukon will not have to self-isolate for 14 days if they're with a fully vaccinated parent or caregiver.

Critical service workers

You do not have to fully self-isolate if you’re a critical service worker who:

  • has left or arrived in Yukon for work; and
  • is required immediately at your place of work.

You may perform your work duties but you must self-isolate when you are not working.

Residents of Yukon border areas

You live in the British Columbia-Yukon border area or another Yukon border area and you have not been outside the border area in the 14 days before you arrived in Yukon.

Border areas include:

  • Atlin;
  • Lower Post;
  • Fireside;
  • Jade City;
  • Good Hope Lake;
  • Fraser; and
  • Pleasant Camp.

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 from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. 7 days a week.

  1. Travellers arriving outside of these hours will be required to stop at an on-site kiosk.
  2. They must sign a declaration.
  3. Unvaccinated travellers have to submit their self-isolation plan, along with a contact number.
  4. Completing the self-declaration is required by law.

The Canada Border Services Agency controls all land borders into Yukon from Alaska. We are working closely and collaboratively with CBSA.

There are signs directing those travelling along the Dempster Highway to contact us if they're entering from outside of Yukon.

What information must you provide at the border?

You must:

  • show valid government issued identification;
  • provide a self-isolation plan;
  • confirm that you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms; and
  • fill out a declaration form.
    • Fill out Option A if you are wanting to be exempt from self-isolation due to vaccination status.
    • Fill out Option B if you don't qualify for an exemption.
    • Fill out Option C if you are transiting through Yukon.

If you are a critical service worker or resident of Yukon or the BC-Yukon border areas and you have not been outside Yukon or the BC-Yukon border area in the last 14 days, you must also provide valid proof that you are not required to self-isolate.

If you feel unwell or have any symptoms of COVID-19 while you're in Yukon:

  1. Self-isolate, and then:
  2. Follow the advice you're given.

Find out how to self-isolate.

Find out how to arrange for testing.

 

If you require support while self-isolating, such as mental wellness or substance use care, contact the COVID-19 InfoLine.

If you do not have a place where you can safely self-isolate, you can:

  • email covid19info@yukon.ca; or
  • phone the Self-Isolation Facility Assistance(SIFA) team 867-332-4587.

The SIFA team works to review and approve requests to self-isolate at the facility in Whitehorse. The facility is for emergency use only. The SIFA team can also work with you to develop a safe self-isolation plan. 

Be aware that any costs to do with self-isolation, including food, accommodation or for having to extend your stay in Yukon will be your responsibility.

The SIFA team answers their phone Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The team does not answer this phone on holidays or weekends.

Outside of these hours, you can leave messages on the SIFA phone. These will be returned on the following business day.

You can also call the COVID-19 InfoLine toll-free at 1-877-374-0425 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day.

Find out how to safely self-isolate.

Where can you self-isolate?

Yukon residents

For Yukon residents and their relatives, self-isolation can take place in all communities. After arriving in Whitehorse, they're allowed to travel to their home community to safely self-isolate:

  • at home; or
  • another facility that's capable of meeting the requirements.

Non-Yukon residents

Anyone that is not a Yukon resident, and who is required to self-isolate, must do so in Whitehorse. There are limited exceptions included in the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order.

You are responsible for covering the cost of your self-isolation accommodation, with limited exceptions. 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@yukon.ca.

We recommend that you keep a journal or detailed record of when and where you visited during your time in Yukon. This will help in the event that contract tracing is required. If you do experience symptoms, contact tracing will help us limit the spread. Please have your health care card with you during your trip.

  • You must transit through Yukon within 24 hours.

  • Avoid stopping in rural communities.
  • Do not stop for non-essential reasons. If you must get gas, pay at the pump. If you must stay overnight at a hotel, self-isolate in your room.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms during your transit, stop and phone 811.

Travel to or from Alaska

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. This is legislated in section 2(3) of the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order. We give travellers a map of this route at Yukon borders.

These maps show mandated travel routes.

Read the State of Alaska's health guidance for travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Orders given by the Minister of Community Services and the Chief Medical Officer of Health are enforceable under the Civil Emergency Measures Act and the Public Health and Safety Act. Anyone who fails to obey an order may be subject to a fine up to $500 per day, up to 6 months in prison, or both. Charges under the Public Health and Safety Act (PHSA) may include fines of up to $5,000 per day.

Directions are guidance and advice to limit the spread of COVID-19. Although they are not enforceable, they should be followed.

Read Orders and directions

Get the latest updates about your situation

All Yukoners abroad need to sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service.

Find Government of Canada’s COVID-related travel advice

Get the latest information about your destination or where you are.

Financial help for Yukoners abroad

COVID-19: Financial help for Canadians outside Canada

Travel across Canada-US border

The Canada Border Services Agency infoline provides up-to-date information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Phone the infoline in Canada.

Toll free 1-800-461-9999

TTY (for those with hearing or speech impairments) 1-866-335-3237

Phone the infoline from outside Canada

Long distance charges apply

1-204-983-3500

1-506-636-5064