Information current as of

Friday, May 29, 2020 ‒ 10:20

Border enforcement during COVID-19

Enforcement numbers updated: May 29, 2020 – 14:00

Total travellers 10,077
Travellers denied entry 93
CEMA complaints 122
Charges laid under CEMA 1
   

Download the Information for People Entering Yukon brochure.

Border Control Measures Order

A new Border Control Measures Order under the Civil Emergency Measures Act has come into force to strengthen enforcement at all Yukon borders during the COVID-19 emergency. The new orders are very explicit in detailing exactly who and under what circumstances entry will be permitted. Travellers entering Yukon will be required to produce appropriate identification and documentation and a detailed self-isolation plan.

Entry into Yukon is permitted for people providing acceptable evidence to an enforcement officer that they are:

  • Yukon residents;
  • a non-resident family member of a Yukon resident that will be staying at the residence of that family member;
  • delivering a critical or essential service;
  • transiting through Yukon to a neighbouring jurisdiction (24-hour limitation); or
  • exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right (for the time needed to exercise the right).
Measures in place at Yukon borders

Check station locations

Check stations staffed by Government of Yukon Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) enforcement officers are located at the following crossings:

  • weigh scales on the Alaska Highway south of Watson Lake;
  • weigh scales at the junction of the Alaska Highway and the Stewart-Cassiar Highway; and
  • Whitehorse airport, when flights are arriving.

These 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.

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

Starting when?

Monday, April 6, 2020.

Residents of Atlin, Lower Post, Fire Side, Jade City, Fraser and Pleasant Camp

There will be no enforcement officers at the border between Atlin, BC, and Yukon. Atlin residents travelling to Yukon do not need to self-isolate, as long as they have not travelled outside of Yukon or Atlin in the past 14 days. The same exemptions apply to residents of Lower Post, Fire Side, Jade City, Fraser and Pleasant Camp.

What information will you need to provide?

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

  • your name;
  • your cell phone or home phone number;
  • your home address or address where you regularly live and 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.

Yukon residents

Once through the check station, you must:

  • follow the instructions given to you by the enforcement officers;
  • proceed directly to your home;
  • do not stop for groceries or do errands on your way;
  • arrange for a friend or family member to drop off food or provisions outside your door;
  • avoid unnecessary stops and limit essential stops, such as for gas, as much as possible;
  • when 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.

Non-residents travelling to Yukon

If you are not a Yukon resident, depending on your circumstances for being in Yukon, you will also need to provide:

  • details of the place where you plan to stay in Yukon for the period of self-isolation;
  • details of any place where you plan to be after the period of self-isolation; and
  • 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 at Yukon check stations;
  • self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Whitehorse, unless:
    • you are visiting a family member in which case you must self-isolate at their residence in Yukon; or
    • you have a home on a mine or work site that you can self-isolate in with family members only. Learn more about self-isolating at work camps. 
  • do not stop for food or provisions;
  • limit essential stops, such as for gas, as much as possible; and
  • when you do stop, practise proper physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people you may encounter. 
Who to contact about self-isolation

Contact us between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

You do not have a place to safely self-isolate

Email covid19info@gov.yk.ca and our staff will be in contact with you to talk about a solution. 

All other questions

Phone toll free: 1-877-374-0425
​Email: covid19info@gov.yk.ca

Who to contact with questions related to enforcement

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

Are Yukon borders closed?

In order to enter into Yukon, you must provide evidence to an enforcement officer that you are 1 of the following:

  • a Yukon resident; or
  • a non-resident family member of a Yukon resident that will be staying at the residence of that family member;
  • delivering a critical or essential service;
  • transiting through Yukon to Alaska or other parts of Canada, leaving Yukon within 24 hours; or
  • exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right for the time needed to exercise the right.
You'll be stopped at the border

Any person entering Yukon will be met by a Government of Yukon enforcement officer or a Canadian Border Services Officer stationed at Yukon points of entry.

These officers ensure that all travellers coming through Yukon or returning home provide information and proper evidence that they're able to enter into Yukon. Officers will ensure people have the proper information regarding COVID-19 and the mandatory 14-day self-isolation.

Anyone attempting to enter with symptoms of COVID-19 will be addressed accordingly.

What information and evidence you have to give to an enforcement officer

Enforcement officers will require people to provide evidence of their valid purpose for entering Yukon. This includes a signed declaration and other documentation such as a:

  • Yukon driver’s licence;
  • letter or email confirming that a member of their family is expecting them to stay;
  • bill of lading for goods being delivered;  or
  • contract for essential services being provided.

You'll need to provide your:

  • name;
  • cell or home phone number;
  • home address or address where you regularly live and will be self-isolating; 
  • confirmation that you do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19;
  • details of any travel outside Yukon in the previous 14 days; and
  • a self isolation plan. 

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

If you are not a Yukon resident, depending on your circumstances for being in Yukon, you will also need to provide:

  • details of the place where you plan to stay in Yukon for the period of self-isolation;
  • details of any place where you plan to be after the period of self-isolation; and
  • confirmation that you do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Travelling through Yukon to Alaska, NWT or elsewhere

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;
  • travel through Yukon within 24 hours of the time of entry;
  • 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;
  • phone 811 if you develop any COVID-19-like symptoms (cough, fever, or difficulty breathing) after making a declaration at the check station.
Travelling from another province: you have to self-isolate

If you meet the requirements for entering Yukon and are coming from outside of Yukon, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

For limited exceptions to this legal requirement, please read the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order and the Civil Emergency Measures Self-Isolation Exception for Traditional Activities (COVID-19) Order.

Self-isolation can take place in all communities. People arriving in Whitehorse are allowed to travel to their home community to safely self-isolate:

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

For more information

Contact us between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week:

What is a self-isolation plan?

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.

Denied entry to Yukon: how to appeal

If you're refused entry into Yukon you can appeal the decision to the Minister of Community Services.

  1. You can request an appeal form at 1 of our check stations. You can submit it to an enforcement officer, or email it to covid19enforcement@gov.yk.ca​.
  2. The appeal then goes to an appeals secretariat who will work with the Minister of Community Services to make a final decision. The Minister has the power to uphold the decision to refuse the applicant entry to Yukon, or to reverse the decision and allow entry.
  3. The appeals secretariat will communicate the decision in writing to the person who made the appeal.
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 recommendation?

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.

If you are self-isolating, you must follow the direction presented in the orders regarding self-isolation.

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

How we prevent travel to Yukon for non-essential reasons

We're preventing people from travelling to Yukon for non-essential reasons such as recreation and tourism. We're coordinating with airports and airlines to ensure that passengers are aware of the current travel restrictions before boarding their flight.

What do enforcement officers do?
  • Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) enforcement officers are responsible for enforcing all orders under CEMA.
  • These Government of Yukon enforcement officers are stationed at Yukon points of entry that are not staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to collect contact information of all travelers coming through Yukon or returning home, details of their 14-day self-isolation plans, and declarations of any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • These enforcement officers are a part of the CEMA Response Team and have the ability to investigate and lay charges to any person in violation of an order under CEMA.
Who to contact if someone is 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.

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

Email: covid19enforcement@gov.yk.ca
Phone the InfoLine: 1-877-374-0425

What happens if someone breaks a CEMA order?

If a complaint is received and it is determined that an offence has occurred, then a Yukon government 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 situation that requires an immediate police response, you should phone 911. For any possible infraction of a CEMA order, email covid19enforcement@gov.yk.ca. Do not contact the RCMP. 

What to do when you see out of territory licence plates

At this time, Yukon borders remain open to non-residents if they're:

  • family members of residents;
  • transiting through Yukon within 24 hours of entry; or
  • providing a Critical or Essential Service.

This may be the reasons why a person has an out-of-territory license plate. Any person who entered Yukon after April 6, 2020, has been met by an enforcement officer or a Canadian Border Services officer stationed at Yukon points of entry. These officers are there to ensure that all travellers coming through Yukon:

  • meet the requirements of entry into Yukon; and
  • have the proper information regarding COVID-19 and mandatory 14-day self-isolation.
Do critical service workers have to self-isolate?

Critical service workers may provide a critical service without having self-isolated for 14 days. However, they must self-isolate to the extent that is feasible while still providing the critical service.

Critical service workers have to follow the advice given to the public by the Chief Medical Officer of Health in relation to self-distancing and other prudent behaviour for the avoidance of the spread of COVID-19, including seeking medical advice should they begin to exhibit symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 and complying with that advice.

Find the list of critical services. 

Bought or leased a home or residential unit in Yukon ‒ can you enter the territory?

You will be permitted to enter Yukon if you are moving from elsewhere in Canada to make Yukon your only place of residence for at least a year. You must be able to show proof that you have:

  • bought, or leased for at least a year, a house or residential unit to be your place of residence in Yukon; and
  • sold, or terminated the lease on, your previous place of residence in Canada.

You must provide an enforcement officer with:

  • documentary proof that you meet these two conditions; or
  • a statutory declaration (provided by enforcement officers) confirming that you meet these two conditions, including the addresses of your intended residence in Yukon and your former residence elsewhere in Canada.​

A new Border Control Measures Order under the Civil Emergency Measures Act has come into force to strengthen enforcement at all Yukon borders during the COVID-19 emergency. The new orders are very explicit in detailing exactly who and under what circumstances entry will be permitted. Travellers entering Yukon will be required to produce appropriate identification and documentation and a detailed self-isolation plan.

Entry into Yukon is permitted for people providing acceptable evidence to an enforcement officer that they are:

  • Yukon residents;
  • a non-resident family member of a Yukon resident that will be staying at the residence of that family member;
  • delivering a critical or essential service;
  • transiting through Yukon to a neighbouring jurisdiction (24-hour limitation); or
  • exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right (for the time needed to exercise the right).

Check station locations

Check stations staffed by Government of Yukon Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) enforcement officers are located at the following crossings:

  • weigh scales on the Alaska Highway south of Watson Lake;
  • weigh scales at the junction of the Alaska Highway and the Stewart-Cassiar Highway; and
  • Whitehorse airport, when flights are arriving.

These 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.

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

Starting when?

Monday, April 6, 2020.

Residents of Atlin, Lower Post, Fire Side, Jade City, Fraser and Pleasant Camp

There will be no enforcement officers at the border between Atlin, BC, and Yukon. Atlin residents travelling to Yukon do not need to self-isolate, as long as they have not travelled outside of Yukon or Atlin in the past 14 days. The same exemptions apply to residents of Lower Post, Fire Side, Jade City, Fraser and Pleasant Camp.

What information will you need to provide?

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

  • your name;
  • your cell phone or home phone number;
  • your home address or address where you regularly live and 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.

Yukon residents

Once through the check station, you must:

  • follow the instructions given to you by the enforcement officers;
  • proceed directly to your home;
  • do not stop for groceries or do errands on your way;
  • arrange for a friend or family member to drop off food or provisions outside your door;
  • avoid unnecessary stops and limit essential stops, such as for gas, as much as possible;
  • when 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.

Non-residents travelling to Yukon

If you are not a Yukon resident, depending on your circumstances for being in Yukon, you will also need to provide:

  • details of the place where you plan to stay in Yukon for the period of self-isolation;
  • details of any place where you plan to be after the period of self-isolation; and
  • 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 at Yukon check stations;
  • self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Whitehorse, unless:
    • you are visiting a family member in which case you must self-isolate at their residence in Yukon; or
    • you have a home on a mine or work site that you can self-isolate in with family members only. Learn more about self-isolating at work camps. 
  • do not stop for food or provisions;
  • limit essential stops, such as for gas, as much as possible; and
  • when you do stop, practise proper physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people you may encounter. 

Contact us between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

You do not have a place to safely self-isolate

Email covid19info@gov.yk.ca and our staff will be in contact with you to talk about a solution. 

All other questions

Phone toll free: 1-877-374-0425
​Email: covid19info@gov.yk.ca

In order to enter into Yukon, you must provide evidence to an enforcement officer that you are 1 of the following:

  • a Yukon resident; or
  • a non-resident family member of a Yukon resident that will be staying at the residence of that family member;
  • delivering a critical or essential service;
  • transiting through Yukon to Alaska or other parts of Canada, leaving Yukon within 24 hours; or
  • exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right for the time needed to exercise the right.

Any person entering Yukon will be met by a Government of Yukon enforcement officer or a Canadian Border Services Officer stationed at Yukon points of entry.

These officers ensure that all travellers coming through Yukon or returning home provide information and proper evidence that they're able to enter into Yukon. Officers will ensure people have the proper information regarding COVID-19 and the mandatory 14-day self-isolation.

Anyone attempting to enter with symptoms of COVID-19 will be addressed accordingly.

Enforcement officers will require people to provide evidence of their valid purpose for entering Yukon. This includes a signed declaration and other documentation such as a:

  • Yukon driver’s licence;
  • letter or email confirming that a member of their family is expecting them to stay;
  • bill of lading for goods being delivered;  or
  • contract for essential services being provided.

You'll need to provide your:

  • name;
  • cell or home phone number;
  • home address or address where you regularly live and will be self-isolating; 
  • confirmation that you do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19;
  • details of any travel outside Yukon in the previous 14 days; and
  • a self isolation plan. 

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

If you are not a Yukon resident, depending on your circumstances for being in Yukon, you will also need to provide:

  • details of the place where you plan to stay in Yukon for the period of self-isolation;
  • details of any place where you plan to be after the period of self-isolation; and
  • confirmation that you do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

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;
  • travel through Yukon within 24 hours of the time of entry;
  • 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;
  • 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 meet the requirements for entering Yukon and are coming from outside of Yukon, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

For limited exceptions to this legal requirement, please read the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order and the Civil Emergency Measures Self-Isolation Exception for Traditional Activities (COVID-19) Order.

Self-isolation can take place in all communities. People arriving in Whitehorse are allowed to travel to their home community to safely self-isolate:

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

For more information

Contact us between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week:

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.

If you're refused entry into Yukon you can appeal the decision to the Minister of Community Services.

  1. You can request an appeal form at 1 of our check stations. You can submit it to an enforcement officer, or email it to covid19enforcement@gov.yk.ca​.
  2. The appeal then goes to an appeals secretariat who will work with the Minister of Community Services to make a final decision. The Minister has the power to uphold the decision to refuse the applicant entry to Yukon, or to reverse the decision and allow entry.
  3. The appeals secretariat will communicate the decision in writing to the person who made the appeal.

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.

If you are self-isolating, you must follow the direction presented in the orders regarding self-isolation.

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

We're preventing people from travelling to Yukon for non-essential reasons such as recreation and tourism. We're coordinating with airports and airlines to ensure that passengers are aware of the current travel restrictions before boarding their flight.

  • Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) enforcement officers are responsible for enforcing all orders under CEMA.
  • These Government of Yukon enforcement officers are stationed at Yukon points of entry that are not staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to collect contact information of all travelers coming through Yukon or returning home, details of their 14-day self-isolation plans, and declarations of any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • These enforcement officers are a part of the CEMA Response Team 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.

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

Email: covid19enforcement@gov.yk.ca
Phone the InfoLine: 1-877-374-0425

If a complaint is received and it is determined that an offence has occurred, then a Yukon government 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 situation that requires an immediate police response, you should phone 911. For any possible infraction of a CEMA order, email covid19enforcement@gov.yk.ca. Do not contact the RCMP. 

At this time, Yukon borders remain open to non-residents if they're:

  • family members of residents;
  • transiting through Yukon within 24 hours of entry; or
  • providing a Critical or Essential Service.

This may be the reasons why a person has an out-of-territory license plate. Any person who entered Yukon after April 6, 2020, has been met by an enforcement officer or a Canadian Border Services officer stationed at Yukon points of entry. These officers are there to ensure that all travellers coming through Yukon:

  • meet the requirements of entry into Yukon; and
  • have the proper information regarding COVID-19 and mandatory 14-day self-isolation.

Critical service workers may provide a critical service without having self-isolated for 14 days. However, they must self-isolate to the extent that is feasible while still providing the critical service.

Critical service workers have to follow the advice given to the public by the Chief Medical Officer of Health in relation to self-distancing and other prudent behaviour for the avoidance of the spread of COVID-19, including seeking medical advice should they begin to exhibit symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 and complying with that advice.

Find the list of critical services. 

You will be permitted to enter Yukon if you are moving from elsewhere in Canada to make Yukon your only place of residence for at least a year. You must be able to show proof that you have:

  • bought, or leased for at least a year, a house or residential unit to be your place of residence in Yukon; and
  • sold, or terminated the lease on, your previous place of residence in Canada.

You must provide an enforcement officer with:

  • documentary proof that you meet these two conditions; or
  • a statutory declaration (provided by enforcement officers) confirming that you meet these two conditions, including the addresses of your intended residence in Yukon and your former residence elsewhere in Canada.​