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Information for people entering Yukon

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 individuals 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).

Download the Information for People Entering Yukon handout.

Contact: 

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

Information for people entering Yukon

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has ordered that anyone arriving in Yukon must self-isolate for 14 days.

Please note: Critical and essential workers are required to follow orders from the Chief Medical Officer of Health as far as is practicable. People in Atlin, Lower Post, Fraser, Jade City, Fireside or Pleasant Camp are exempt from the 14-day self-isolation period, if they haven’t travelled outside Yukon or their home community in the past 14 days.

Yukon residents travelling home to Yukon
  • You must self-isolate for 14 days immediately upon arriving at your home.
  • Do not make unnecessary stops along the way. Arrange for a friend or neighbor to drop groceries and other supplies at your door.

Find out how to safely self-isolate.

If you do not have a place where you can safely self-isolate, email covid19info@gov.yk.ca.

Non-Yukon resident transiting 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.
Download route maps for your travel through Yukon

These maps show mandated travel routes, and approved fuel, lodging, food and restaurant stops.

Critical or essential worker entering or returning to Yukon for work

Essential service providers who enter the territory must self-isolate for 14 days without exception.  

Critical service providers who need to travel in or out of Yukon or the Yukon-BC border area (as defined in the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection Order) must follow self-isolation requirements as much as possible. If these requirements cannot be met, they must follow recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer of Health:

  • no travel outside Yukon unless travel to and from Yukon is a necessary part of delivering the critical service;
  • self-monitor daily for signs and symptoms of illness, including taking a daily temperature;
  • follow protocols for infection prevention and control including diligent hand hygiene;
  • comply with the legal order to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people;
  • avoid close contact with other workers while at work and maintain 2-metre physical distancing when travelling to and from work and between shifts, including in vehicles;
  • not share items like electronics, personal protective equipment, utensils, food or cigarettes and vaping devices;
  • reduce in-person encounters with anyone outside their household whenever possible;
  • self-isolate at home on days when not required at their workplace;
  • report to their superiors and to 811 or their health care practitioner, if they have come in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 and to self-isolate if instructed by a health practitioner;
  • when outside Yukon, workers should avoid gatherings, avoid contact with others as much as possible and diligently follow hand hygiene and physical distancing rules;
  • if a worker or a person they live with is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should call 811 for information on assessment and be assessed by a health professional before returning to work; and
  • if a worker who has not travelled outside Yukon or a worker who has completed the 14-day self-isolation period is available, that worker should perform the critical service in lieu of the employee who has not completed a 14-day self-isolation period.

Find the latest updates on COVID-19 in Yukon.
Email your questions: covid19info@gov.yk.ca

Orders given by the Chief Medical Officer of Health are now enforceable under the Civil Emergency Measures Act. Anyone who fails to obey an order may be subject to a fine up to $500 per day and possible imprisonment up to six months.

What orders have been issued?
  • 14-day self-isolation requirements for those arriving in Yukon. 14-day self-isolation does not apply to those travelling through Yukon to reach a final destination in Alaska, Northwest Territories or elsewhere.
  • Social gatherings of more than 10 people are banned.
  • Closure of all bars.
  • Restaurants are restricted to take out only.
  • Closure of personal services like hair salons, barbers, tattoo parlours, nail salons and massage therapists.
  • Closure of long-term facilities to visitors and volunteers, unless family members are at the end of life or gravely ill. This is regardless of travel situations.
  • Closure of dental clinics except for urgent treatment.
  • Schools are closed until the end of the 2019‒2020 school year.
  • Indoor recreation facilities are closed.
  • All three hospitals are closed to visitors, with limited exceptions.
  • Whitehorse General Hospital has suspended non-urgent surgeries and routine services.
  • Libraries are closed.
What recommendations have been issued?
  • We strongly advise that all Yukoners limit travel to essential travel only. Yukoners should avoid non-essential travel in and out of Yukon. Yukoners should avoid non-essential travel to within Yukon, especially to rural communities.
  • Families or caregivers who are able to keep their children at home are asked to do so.
  • Child care programs are considered an essential service that should remain in place as long as possible.
  • Child care programs provide access to social supports, particularly for vulnerable children and families and for parents or guardians who are themselves providing essential services to help keep Yukoners safe.
  • People who can work from home are asked to do so.
  • Yukoners should not go to a hospital for a non-urgent service or treatment. Hospitals will continue to provide emergency care.
  • Yukoners abroad should return home as soon as possible.
  • Yukoners should practice physical distancing and enhanced hygiene.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has ordered that anyone arriving in Yukon must self-isolate for 14 days.

Please note: Critical and essential workers are required to follow orders from the Chief Medical Officer of Health as far as is practicable. People in Atlin, Lower Post, Fraser, Jade City, Fireside or Pleasant Camp are exempt from the 14-day self-isolation period, if they haven’t travelled outside Yukon or their home community in the past 14 days.

  • You must self-isolate for 14 days immediately upon arriving at your home.
  • Do not make unnecessary stops along the way. Arrange for a friend or neighbor to drop groceries and other supplies at your door.

Find out how to safely self-isolate.

If you do not have a place where you can safely self-isolate, email covid19info@gov.yk.ca.

  • 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.

These maps show mandated travel routes, and approved fuel, lodging, food and restaurant stops.

Essential service providers who enter the territory must self-isolate for 14 days without exception.  

Critical service providers who need to travel in or out of Yukon or the Yukon-BC border area (as defined in the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection Order) must follow self-isolation requirements as much as possible. If these requirements cannot be met, they must follow recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer of Health:

  • no travel outside Yukon unless travel to and from Yukon is a necessary part of delivering the critical service;
  • self-monitor daily for signs and symptoms of illness, including taking a daily temperature;
  • follow protocols for infection prevention and control including diligent hand hygiene;
  • comply with the legal order to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people;
  • avoid close contact with other workers while at work and maintain 2-metre physical distancing when travelling to and from work and between shifts, including in vehicles;
  • not share items like electronics, personal protective equipment, utensils, food or cigarettes and vaping devices;
  • reduce in-person encounters with anyone outside their household whenever possible;
  • self-isolate at home on days when not required at their workplace;
  • report to their superiors and to 811 or their health care practitioner, if they have come in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 and to self-isolate if instructed by a health practitioner;
  • when outside Yukon, workers should avoid gatherings, avoid contact with others as much as possible and diligently follow hand hygiene and physical distancing rules;
  • if a worker or a person they live with is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should call 811 for information on assessment and be assessed by a health professional before returning to work; and
  • if a worker who has not travelled outside Yukon or a worker who has completed the 14-day self-isolation period is available, that worker should perform the critical service in lieu of the employee who has not completed a 14-day self-isolation period.

Find the latest updates on COVID-19 in Yukon.
Email your questions: covid19info@gov.yk.ca

Orders given by the Chief Medical Officer of Health are now enforceable under the Civil Emergency Measures Act. Anyone who fails to obey an order may be subject to a fine up to $500 per day and possible imprisonment up to six months.

  • 14-day self-isolation requirements for those arriving in Yukon. 14-day self-isolation does not apply to those travelling through Yukon to reach a final destination in Alaska, Northwest Territories or elsewhere.
  • Social gatherings of more than 10 people are banned.
  • Closure of all bars.
  • Restaurants are restricted to take out only.
  • Closure of personal services like hair salons, barbers, tattoo parlours, nail salons and massage therapists.
  • Closure of long-term facilities to visitors and volunteers, unless family members are at the end of life or gravely ill. This is regardless of travel situations.
  • Closure of dental clinics except for urgent treatment.
  • Schools are closed until the end of the 2019‒2020 school year.
  • Indoor recreation facilities are closed.
  • All three hospitals are closed to visitors, with limited exceptions.
  • Whitehorse General Hospital has suspended non-urgent surgeries and routine services.
  • Libraries are closed.

  • We strongly advise that all Yukoners limit travel to essential travel only. Yukoners should avoid non-essential travel in and out of Yukon. Yukoners should avoid non-essential travel to within Yukon, especially to rural communities.
  • Families or caregivers who are able to keep their children at home are asked to do so.
  • Child care programs are considered an essential service that should remain in place as long as possible.
  • Child care programs provide access to social supports, particularly for vulnerable children and families and for parents or guardians who are themselves providing essential services to help keep Yukoners safe.
  • People who can work from home are asked to do so.
  • Yukoners should not go to a hospital for a non-urgent service or treatment. Hospitals will continue to provide emergency care.
  • Yukoners abroad should return home as soon as possible.
  • Yukoners should practice physical distancing and enhanced hygiene.