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Yukon travel restrictions: Where you can go in October 2021

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Yukon currently has no travel restrictions, but there are rules on gatherings. Keep reading to find out which tourist attractions are open, as well as the current rules around different accommodation types and holidaying in the territory.

Accommodation in Yukon

Although there aren’t any travel restrictions in Yukon, there are limits to how many people can gather in a space and social distancing must be observed. Restrictions are as follows:

  • Indoor social gatherings are allowed with 10 people maximum
  • Outdoor social gatherings are allowed with 50 people maximum
  • Organized indoor gatherings are allowed with 50 people maximum
  • Organized outdoor gatherings are allowed with 100 people maximum

Staying with family or friends

Yes, you can stay with family and friends, but there must be no more than 10 people gathered inside.

Staying at hotels

Yukon’s hotels are open for business and you are allowed to stay the night in one. Due to COVID-19, many hotel venues are now implementing safer cleaning protocols. Increased measures include the introduction of hospital-grade cleaning products, reduction of certain services and removal of unnecessary items in rooms.

Keep in mind a face mask must be worn in all Canadian hotels and indoor public areas.

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Staying in a holiday home

Yes, you are able to rent out a holiday home for vacation reasons. Keep in mind that your group mustn’t be more than 10 people, those arriving from other provinces/territories must self-isolate for 14 days first and physical distancing needs to be practised.

Staying at hostels

Yes, you are able to stay in a Yukon hostel. Communal areas are open in certain hostels and some hostels are temporarily closed. We recommend giving your desired hostel a ring beforehand to see if communal areas are available.

Camping and caravanning

The Yukon camping season reopens on 1 May 2021. If you meet the entry requirements and don’t need to self-isolate, you’re more than welcome to explore the great outdoors.

You must keep your interactions limited to those within your social bubble which can have a maximum of 10 people. Campers are asked to limit their community stops by packing most of what they need, clean up after themselves and follow standard park rules.

Boats and yachts

Boats and yachts can be used, but social distancing measures still apply as well as social bubble rules. A maximum of 10 people are allowed indoors.

Tourist attractions in Yukon

Yukon’s main tourist attractions are open for business.

Popular attractions that are currently open are:

  • Miles Canyon
  • S.S. Klondike National Historic Site
  • Sign Post Forest
  • Yukon Beringia Interpretive
  • Emerald Lake
  • MacBride Museum of Yukon

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National parks

Yukon’s National Parks are open for the public to visit and explore.

The following parks have reopened:

  • Kluane National Park
  • Mount Logan
  • Tombstone Territorial Park
  • Ivvavik National Park
  • Vuntut National Park

Beaches and local parks

Local beaches and parks are open for visits and days out. Beach season doesn’t typically begin until mid-Spring.

  • Komakuk Beach
  • Bennett Beach
  • Whitehorse Landing
  • Shipyards Park

Getting to and from your holiday

Driving within Yukon

You are free to drive anywhere within Yukon, as long as there aren’t more than 10 people in the vehicle with you.

Flights within Yukon

Those of you travelling within Yukon do not need to self-isolate upon arrival to your destination. Flights are operating as per usual via Air North.

Electronic ticketing, sanitisation, mandatory face masks, physical distancing, minimal points of contact and health screening have all been implemented by Air North.

Flights to Yukon

At this point in time, international tourists are not permitted to enter Canada. Only the following people are allowed entry:

  • Canadian residents and citizens
  • A person registered under the Indian Act
  • To reunite with a family member who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, person registered under the Indian act or temporary resident of Canada
  • A person seeking refuge
  • A foreign national with a non-discretionary (non-optional) reason to travel to Canada and who is not displaying symptoms of COVID-19
  • Certain family members and loved ones on compassionate grounds
  • Trade and commerce reasons
  • Some international students
  • Some approved permanent residents
  • Diplomats and their immediate families
  • Air and maritime crew members
  • French citizens living in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon who have only been to Canada, the US or Saint-Pierre and Miquelon in the past 14 days
  • Essential service workers
  • Authorised international single sport event personnel

Anyone in Canada can enter Yukon, however, a self-isolation period of 14 days applies. The only exceptions to this rule are:

  • Critical workers who leave Yukon for their jobs
  • Yukon-British Columbia border residents from Atlin, Lower Post, Fire Side, Jade City, Fraser and Pleasant Camp – only if they’ve not left these areas or Yukon within 14 days of travel.

Coach and bus services

Whitehorse is the only city that has an inner-city bus network, featuring 13 stops. A Handy-Bus is also available for those who cannot travel via the regular service. Face masks must be worn when on a bus – exceptions include persons with medical conditions that don’t allow for a mask, children under five years of age, first responders or police when in an emergency.

These services are currently running:

  • Whitehorse Transit: Full list of schedules can be found here.
  • Greyhound: Schedules are temporarily suspended.

Ferry services

There are two ferry services that sail through Yukon.

  • George Black Ferry: Runs in Dawson City between mid-May and mid-October.
  • Pelly Barge: Runs in Ross River between mid-May and mid-October.

Which states/territories/provinces can I travel to?

  • Northwest Territories: Open with self-isolation requirement of 14 days
  • Nunavut: Essential travel only
  • British Columbia: Travel is not advised to or from British Columbia
  • Alberta: Open
  • Saskatchewan: Essential travel only
  • Manitoba: Open with self-isolation requirement for 14 days
  • Ontario: Travel is not advised to or from Ontario
  • Quebec: Essential travel only
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: Essential travel only
  • New Brunswick: Essential travel only
  • Nova Scotia: Open for those who have been in Atlantic Canada for 14 days
  • Prince Edward Island: Essential travel only

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Frequently asked questions about travelling in Yukon during COVID-19

How far can I travel from home?

There are no restrictions to where you can travel within the Yukon territory.

Are there any regional travel restrictions?

No, Yukon has no regional travel restrictions.

Can I travel to Yukon if I live in another state/territory/province/county?

Yes, but 14 days of mandatory self-isolation must be completed upon entry before you can go out into the community.

Do I need to limit the number of people I travel with?

Yes, travel and social group restrictions allow for a maximum of 10 people to gather in indoor spaces.

Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?

Most venues would have updated floor plans to meet the criteria of COVID-19 prevention. With fewer capacities, we recommend pre-booking your plans if you have the option to do so.

Will I need to self-isolate or go into quarantine when I return from my trip?

Yes, unless you fall under one of the following exceptions, you have to complete a 14-day mandatory self-isolation.

  • Critical workers who leave Yukon for their jobs
  • Yukon-British Columbia border residents from Atlin, Lower Post, Fire Side, Jade City, Fraser and Pleasant Camp who have not left these areas or Yukon within 14 days of travel.

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