Coronavirus COVID-19 in The Yukon– What you need to know.
Are you planning a trip to the Yukon and Northern BC and concerned about the Coronavirus COVID-19? We think it’s fair to say, we all are. We’ve put together a list of FAQs and resources to help you find up-to-date information related to traveling to the Yukon during this pandemic. The spread of this Coronavirus Pandemic has touched every corner of the world, including the Yukon and Northern BC. Tourism to the north and around the world is going to be severely impacted in 2020 due to this pandemic. However, we hope to supply potential visitors with accurate information from reliable sources so you can make informed decisions.
How many cases of coronavirus are in the Yukon?
As of May 19, 2020 there were 11 cases recorded in the Yukon and all have since recovered. British Columbia has 2,444 cases and 143 deaths.
Up-to-date information can be found at this website:
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Is the Yukon safe to travel to during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
There are very few known cases in the Yukon, however, everyone is being asked to keep social distance and keep away from large gatherings to prevent the spread of the virus. On March 20, the international border between Canada and the United States was closed to non-essential travel. This was border closure have been extended until June 21. Commercial shipments are still able to cross the border and there is a free flow of essential trade. However, It is not currently possible for visitors or tourists to cross between Canada and the United States.
Click here for to see the Travel Yukon COVID-19 Update Page.
As of April 6, 2020 Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) Enforcement Officers have been placed at Yukon border and at the Whitehorse airport to ensure all travelers have the information they need to keep themselves and Yukoners safe from the spread of COVID-19. Anyone traveling into or through Yukon is required to self-isolate for 14 days. People transiting through Yukon to Alaska, NWT or other parts of Canada are required to complete their transit in Yukon within 24 hours of their entry, and shall avoid unnecessary contact with others when they stop for food or fuel.
The City of Whitehorse has posted a webpage with their current closures and guidelines during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Whitehorse response to COVID-19
Are Yukon Campgrounds Open?
The government of Yukon is delaying the opening of territorial parks and campgrounds and sale of camping permits until June 4. However, these parks will only be open to Yukon Residents. Private campgrounds may be accepting guests starting in June.
Are cruise ships going to Alaska or the Yukon?
Many cruise ship passengers to Skagway, Alaska will take tours to the Yukon. Mainly to Carcross or Whitehorse. All cruise ships to Alaska are currently on hold until the end of June.
Canada has also banned large cruise ship arrivals through July 1, 2020. This ban only applies to cruise ships carrying more than 500 passengers. They will be prohibited at Canada’s ports, nationwide, from April 2 through July 1, 2020. There are a number of cruise lines that operate smaller ships that may still be allowed to stop in Canada on the way to Alaska before July 1. These cruise lines include:
It is important to know that almost all Alaska Cruises stop in Canada, either in Vancouver or Victoria. Even if they originate from Seattle or San Francisco. Passengers will need to directly contact cruise lines to see how they are planning to reschedule cruises during these restrictions.
For more information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting travel to Alaska, click here.