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B.C. residents looking to travel can now access federal vaccine card

Federal proof of vaccination will be required to travel by air, rail and cruise ship starting Oct. 30.

Canada's standardized vaccine passport is now accessible to British Columbians. 

Similar to the BC Vaccine Card, the new federal proof of vaccination can be accessed through Health Gateway (make sure you log into Health Gateway; from there, there will be an option to download the card), the Ministry of Health’s web service, by phone or in person at most Service BC offices. 

"The federal government is launching a proof of vaccination card to ensure that people who want to travel have what they need to do so," said Health Minister Adrian Dix in a written statement.

Starting Oct. 30, the new federal vaccine card will be required when travelling in Canada by air, rail or cruise ship. It'll also be good for international travel.

The province says British Columbians will be allowed to use their BC Vaccine Card to travel within Canada until Nov. 30, while the federal passport is rolled out.

For Canadians who are not fully vaccinated, they must complete testing requirements and mandatory quarantine when returning to Canada.
 
B.C.’s vaccine card will still be used for non-essential activities like going to a restaurant or sporting event. 

For travel within Canada, you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you get your second dose of the vaccine.