Information current

August 2, 2021

Read exposure notices. As of August 4, 2021, you will not have to:

  • wear a mask in a public indoor space; and
  • self-isolate when returning from domestic travel.

Restaurants and bars can open at full capacity with no physical distancing at bar tops and counters.

Self-isolation after travel

Self-isolation after travel is a 14-day period during which you’re asked to:

  • stay home; and
  • avoid contact with others.

This is because you may have been exposed to COVID-19 during travel.

It can take up to 14 days for people to develop COVID-19 symptoms after they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus. Self-isolation for the full 14 days after travel is important:

  • to protect others; and
  • prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you’re required to self-isolate after travel, you should have a self-isolation plan in place for when you return to Yukon.

Changes to self-isolation effective August 4, 2021

On August 4, you will no longer have to self-isolate after travel, regardless of vaccination status. 

If you are in self-isolation due to travel, you may end your self-isolation at 12:01am August 4, even if you have not completed the 14 days that you were requested to self-isolate for.

Self-isolation changes effective June 18, 2021

Self-isolation for children under the age of 12

All children under the age of 12 arriving in Yukon do not need to self-isolate if they’re:

  • entering Yukon from within Canada; and
  • everyone travelling with them are fully vaccinated including parents, caregivers and siblings who are 12 and over.

After returning to Yukon, children can immediately return to regular activities, including attending summer day camps and daycare.

Learn how to travel safely with unvaccinated children under the age of 12.

Unvaccinated dependents self-isolating after travel

A dependent who is self-isolating after travel:

  • can be in close physical contact (less than 2 metres or 6 feet) with fully vaccinated caregivers; and
  • must follow all other self-isolation requirements outlined in the guidelines.

A dependent is defined as someone who relies on another person because of a:

  • physical disability;
  • mental disability; or
  • health condition. 

Fully vaccinated caregivers can continue to go to work and into the community but must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.  

If possible, limit the number of caregivers who will be in close contact with the dependent. 

Who has to self-isolate after travel?

Travel within Canada

Yukon law requires every person entering Yukon from within Canada to self-isolate for 14 days. There are only a few exceptions.

You must follow the self-isolation guidelines the moment you enter the territory either by land or air.

Travel outside of Canada

If you're arriving in Yukon from outside of Canada you have to follow federal rules for quarantine. These rules are different from Yukon’s self-isolation law. Find out what the federal quarantine laws are.

Other reasons for having to self-isolate

There are other reasons why you may need to self-isolate other than travel.

They include:

  • you’re waiting for a COVID-19 test result;
  • you’re a contact of COVID-19; or
  • you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you’re self-isolating for any of these other reasons, follow the instructions you’re given by Yukon Communicable Disease Control, the COVID Testing and Assessment Centre or your healthcare provider.

Contact Yukon Communicable Disease Control if you have more questions. Phone 867-667-8323 or toll free 1-800-661-0408, extension 8323.

Who does not have to self-isolate after travel within Canada?

People who are fully vaccinated

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.

When you come to Yukon you must:

  • complete a declaration form upon entry confirming you’re fully vaccinated; and
  • consent to having your vaccine status verified.

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

If you're unable to complete a declaration form when you enter Yukon, you're legally required to self-isolate until you've submitted it.

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 that you're vaccinated within 24 hours of entering Yukon.

This documentation for each vaccination must clearly identify:

  • name of the person vaccinated;
  • the jurisdiction (province or territory) where you were vaccinated;
  • vaccination dates; and
  • product used for vaccination (for example, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson).

Critical service workers

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

  • has left Yukon; 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.
Options for self-isolating after travel within Canada

We’ve updated the requirements for self-isolation after travel within Canada because of the rise of COVID-19 variants and how easily they spread. These rules will help keep Yukoners, visitors and communities safe.

Option 1

Self-isolate alone or with your travel companions in a place that is not shared with any others.

Option 2

Self-isolate in a shared space with others who have not travelled.

With this option, all household members must self-isolate for 14 days. The only exception to this is if a household member is fully vaccinated. To be considered fully vaccinated at least 14 full days must have passed since you received the 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada.

Fully vaccinated household members can continue to go to work and into the community but they must stay physically distanced from the traveller.

 

Option 1

Self-isolation alone or with travel companions

Option 2

Self-isolation in a shared space

Who must self-isolate

· Travellers

· Travellers

· Household members who are not fully vaccinated

Who must maintain physical distance indoors

· Physical distancing inside is not required because everyone in the house has travelled and is self-isolating together

· Travellers must keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from all other household members, including those who are fully vaccinated

 

 

Who must maintain physical distance outdoors

· Travellers may go outside for fresh air

· They must keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from others

· Travellers and household members who are not fully vaccinated may go outside for fresh air

· They must keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from others

Who can have visitors

· Visitors are not allowed in the house

· Visitors are not allowed in the house, even if household members are fully vaccinated

 

How to self-isolate alone or with travel companions

The place where you self-isolate must be completely separate from anyone who is not self-isolating.

  • You can stay in:
    • your own home alone;
    • a self-contained suite;
    • a self-contained vacation home or Airbnb;
    • a recreational vehicle (RV) on private property; or
    • a hotel.
How to self-isolate in a shared space
  • You must stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from anyone who has not travelled, including people who are fully vaccinated.
  • You must have a separate bedroom from the people you’re staying with who have not travelled outside Yukon with you.
  • Use a separate bathroom if possible. If this is not possible, clean your bathrooms daily.
  • Do not share household items with other people in your home, such as:
    • drinking glasses;
    • cups;
    • eating utensils;
    • pillows; or
    • other items.
  • Do not eat meals with others in your household.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Discard tissues into the garbage and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds:
    • after coughing and sneezing;
    • after using the bathroom;
    • before eating; and
    • after emptying the garbage.
  • If you do not have water and soap to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean commonly touched items daily with regular household cleaners. Items can include:
    • toilets;
    • sink taps;
    • handles;
    • door knobs;
    • light switches; and
    • telephones.
General guidance on self-isolating after travel

Go straight home

Only stop for essential reasons on your way to your self-isolation location. If you must get gas, pay at the pump. If you must stay overnight at a hotel, self-isolate in your room. If you’re ordering food, have it delivered outside of your hotel room.

Yukon residents and their relatives can self-isolate in all communities. After arriving in Whitehorse, you’re allowed to travel to your home community to safely self-isolate.

Under current Yukon laws, non-Yukon residents who are required to self-isolate must do so in Whitehorse. You’re responsible for covering the cost of your self-isolation accommodation, with limited exceptions.

You cannot self-isolate at a Government of Yukon campground.

Self-isolation locations that are permitted include:

  • private campgrounds that allow self-isolation; and
  • hotels or similar accommodation.

Stay home

Do not go to any place where you could infect others, such as:

  • a social gathering;
  • work;
  • a school;
  • a day care;
  • a healthcare facility, unless you’re experiencing an emergency;
  • a grocery store;
  • a restaurant, café or bar; and
  • any other public gathering or place.

Get fresh air

You may go outdoors for fresh air when you're in self-isolation. Keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from anyone who has not travelled with you.

Monitor yourself for symptoms

You must monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms:

Do not have visitors

Do not have visitors in your home. Your friends, family or delivery drivers can drop off food or other things you may need outside your door.

Stock up on supplies

Before your travels, stock your home with the essential supplies you’ll need if you have to self-isolate for 14 days. The Public Health Agency of Canada has a list of supplies to get when self-isolating. We encourage you to buy only what you need and to avoid hoarding.

Questions or need support?

Self-Isolation Facility Assistance

The Government of Yukon's Self-Isolation Facility Assistance (SIFA) team provides:

  • support to people who must self-isolate at a self-isolation facility due to an emergency; and
  • reviews and approves requests to stay at a self-isolation facility in emergency situations.

The self-isolation facilities are for emergency purposes only. They are not available to:

  • essential workers;
  • anyone travelling for leisure, tourism or recreation; or
  • employees arriving in Yukon to work. Employers are responsible for their employees’ self-isolation accommodation. This includes mining companies, placer miners and private businesses.

Contact the SIFA team

You can phone the SIFA team 867-332-4587, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The team is not available on holidays or weekends.

Outside of these hours, you can leave messages on the SIFA phone. The team will return your call the following business day.

COVID-19 InfoLine

If you’re phoning outside the SIFA’s phone hours or have more general questions about self-isolation, contact the COVID-19 InfoLine. This is available between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

Phone: toll free 1-877-374-0425

Email: covid19info@yukon.ca

Border requirements and infractions

For information on border requirements see border and travel restrictions during COVID-19.

To report someone who is not following Yukon’s self-isolation law:

Self-isolation for children under the age of 12

All children under the age of 12 arriving in Yukon do not need to self-isolate if they’re:

  • entering Yukon from within Canada; and
  • everyone travelling with them are fully vaccinated including parents, caregivers and siblings who are 12 and over.

After returning to Yukon, children can immediately return to regular activities, including attending summer day camps and daycare.

Learn how to travel safely with unvaccinated children under the age of 12.

Unvaccinated dependents self-isolating after travel

A dependent who is self-isolating after travel:

  • can be in close physical contact (less than 2 metres or 6 feet) with fully vaccinated caregivers; and
  • must follow all other self-isolation requirements outlined in the guidelines.

A dependent is defined as someone who relies on another person because of a:

  • physical disability;
  • mental disability; or
  • health condition. 

Fully vaccinated caregivers can continue to go to work and into the community but must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.  

If possible, limit the number of caregivers who will be in close contact with the dependent. 

Travel within Canada

Yukon law requires every person entering Yukon from within Canada to self-isolate for 14 days. There are only a few exceptions.

You must follow the self-isolation guidelines the moment you enter the territory either by land or air.

Travel outside of Canada

If you're arriving in Yukon from outside of Canada you have to follow federal rules for quarantine. These rules are different from Yukon’s self-isolation law. Find out what the federal quarantine laws are.

Other reasons for having to self-isolate

There are other reasons why you may need to self-isolate other than travel.

They include:

  • you’re waiting for a COVID-19 test result;
  • you’re a contact of COVID-19; or
  • you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you’re self-isolating for any of these other reasons, follow the instructions you’re given by Yukon Communicable Disease Control, the COVID Testing and Assessment Centre or your healthcare provider.

Contact Yukon Communicable Disease Control if you have more questions. Phone 867-667-8323 or toll free 1-800-661-0408, extension 8323.

People who are fully vaccinated

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.

When you come to Yukon you must:

  • complete a declaration form upon entry confirming you’re fully vaccinated; and
  • consent to having your vaccine status verified.

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

If you're unable to complete a declaration form when you enter Yukon, you're legally required to self-isolate until you've submitted it.

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 that you're vaccinated within 24 hours of entering Yukon.

This documentation for each vaccination must clearly identify:

  • name of the person vaccinated;
  • the jurisdiction (province or territory) where you were vaccinated;
  • vaccination dates; and
  • product used for vaccination (for example, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson).

Critical service workers

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

  • has left Yukon; 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.

We’ve updated the requirements for self-isolation after travel within Canada because of the rise of COVID-19 variants and how easily they spread. These rules will help keep Yukoners, visitors and communities safe.

Option 1

Self-isolate alone or with your travel companions in a place that is not shared with any others.

Option 2

Self-isolate in a shared space with others who have not travelled.

With this option, all household members must self-isolate for 14 days. The only exception to this is if a household member is fully vaccinated. To be considered fully vaccinated at least 14 full days must have passed since you received the 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada.

Fully vaccinated household members can continue to go to work and into the community but they must stay physically distanced from the traveller.

 

Option 1

Self-isolation alone or with travel companions

Option 2

Self-isolation in a shared space

Who must self-isolate

· Travellers

· Travellers

· Household members who are not fully vaccinated

Who must maintain physical distance indoors

· Physical distancing inside is not required because everyone in the house has travelled and is self-isolating together

· Travellers must keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from all other household members, including those who are fully vaccinated

 

 

Who must maintain physical distance outdoors

· Travellers may go outside for fresh air

· They must keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from others

· Travellers and household members who are not fully vaccinated may go outside for fresh air

· They must keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from others

Who can have visitors

· Visitors are not allowed in the house

· Visitors are not allowed in the house, even if household members are fully vaccinated

 

The place where you self-isolate must be completely separate from anyone who is not self-isolating.

  • You can stay in:
    • your own home alone;
    • a self-contained suite;
    • a self-contained vacation home or Airbnb;
    • a recreational vehicle (RV) on private property; or
    • a hotel.

  • You must stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from anyone who has not travelled, including people who are fully vaccinated.
  • You must have a separate bedroom from the people you’re staying with who have not travelled outside Yukon with you.
  • Use a separate bathroom if possible. If this is not possible, clean your bathrooms daily.
  • Do not share household items with other people in your home, such as:
    • drinking glasses;
    • cups;
    • eating utensils;
    • pillows; or
    • other items.
  • Do not eat meals with others in your household.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Discard tissues into the garbage and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds:
    • after coughing and sneezing;
    • after using the bathroom;
    • before eating; and
    • after emptying the garbage.
  • If you do not have water and soap to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean commonly touched items daily with regular household cleaners. Items can include:
    • toilets;
    • sink taps;
    • handles;
    • door knobs;
    • light switches; and
    • telephones.

Go straight home

Only stop for essential reasons on your way to your self-isolation location. If you must get gas, pay at the pump. If you must stay overnight at a hotel, self-isolate in your room. If you’re ordering food, have it delivered outside of your hotel room.

Yukon residents and their relatives can self-isolate in all communities. After arriving in Whitehorse, you’re allowed to travel to your home community to safely self-isolate.

Under current Yukon laws, non-Yukon residents who are required to self-isolate must do so in Whitehorse. You’re responsible for covering the cost of your self-isolation accommodation, with limited exceptions.

You cannot self-isolate at a Government of Yukon campground.

Self-isolation locations that are permitted include:

  • private campgrounds that allow self-isolation; and
  • hotels or similar accommodation.

Stay home

Do not go to any place where you could infect others, such as:

  • a social gathering;
  • work;
  • a school;
  • a day care;
  • a healthcare facility, unless you’re experiencing an emergency;
  • a grocery store;
  • a restaurant, café or bar; and
  • any other public gathering or place.

Get fresh air

You may go outdoors for fresh air when you're in self-isolation. Keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from anyone who has not travelled with you.

Monitor yourself for symptoms

You must monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms:

Do not have visitors

Do not have visitors in your home. Your friends, family or delivery drivers can drop off food or other things you may need outside your door.

Stock up on supplies

Before your travels, stock your home with the essential supplies you’ll need if you have to self-isolate for 14 days. The Public Health Agency of Canada has a list of supplies to get when self-isolating. We encourage you to buy only what you need and to avoid hoarding.

Self-Isolation Facility Assistance

The Government of Yukon's Self-Isolation Facility Assistance (SIFA) team provides:

  • support to people who must self-isolate at a self-isolation facility due to an emergency; and
  • reviews and approves requests to stay at a self-isolation facility in emergency situations.

The self-isolation facilities are for emergency purposes only. They are not available to:

  • essential workers;
  • anyone travelling for leisure, tourism or recreation; or
  • employees arriving in Yukon to work. Employers are responsible for their employees’ self-isolation accommodation. This includes mining companies, placer miners and private businesses.

Contact the SIFA team

You can phone the SIFA team 867-332-4587, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The team is not available on holidays or weekends.

Outside of these hours, you can leave messages on the SIFA phone. The team will return your call the following business day.

COVID-19 InfoLine

If you’re phoning outside the SIFA’s phone hours or have more general questions about self-isolation, contact the COVID-19 InfoLine. This is available between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

Phone: toll free 1-877-374-0425

Email: covid19info@yukon.ca

For information on border requirements see border and travel restrictions during COVID-19.

To report someone who is not following Yukon’s self-isolation law: