Travellers from across Canada are invited to visit BC, and the Canadian border has reopened to fully-vaccinated international travellers. We encourage all travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. This includes the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app. Travellers should plan for extra time in the lead-up, and upon the arrival of their trip. For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
All travellers coming to Canada must submit their mandatory information in ArriveCAN (free App or website), including their digital proof of vaccination and a quarantine plan within 72 hours before arriving in Canada. For more information, visit www.canada.ca/arrivecan.
If you are a foreign national travelling for discretionary purposes and don’t submit your information through ArriveCAN, you may be denied entry into Canada.
Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons registered under the Indian Act won’t be denied entry, but you:
Please refer to the following link for additional information about the required documentation for entering Canada and contact the Canadian Border Services directly – The Discover Surrey team is not able to provide specific guidance or advice as to specific requirements and case-by-case information, so the following resources will be your go-to source:
Travel and identification documents for entering Canada (cbsa-asfc.gc.ca)
We encourage you to visit the Public Health Authority of Canada’s (PHAC) website for the most accurate and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation in Canada.
City of Surrey COVID-19 Update
Health Link BC’s website
Government of Canada COVID-19 update
World Health Organization COVID-19 update
Please make sure you have read and are familiar with the information regarding minors and travel to Canada.
It is important that all visitors review the information regarding travel to Canada with a pet. If you don’t, you risk experiencing delays at the border and your animal may not be allowed into Canada.
For more information, please contact: 1-800-461-9999 (toll-free in Canada and the USA) or visit the travel with pets section of the Government of Canada’s website.
There may be restrictions on the items you bring into Canada for your own personal use. These restrictions vary depending on the item, the country it originates from and the Canadian province you’re bringing it to.
Please refer to this resource from the Government of Canada’s website for more information.
Surrey is home to two borders that cross into the United States: the Peace Arch Border Crossing and the Pacific Highway Border Crossing. The Peace Arch Border Crossing is slightly more accessible, making it the more popular point of entry for international travellers. As the two borders are just under a mile apart, the Pacfic Highway Crossing is a great alternative for when the Peace Arch Crossing becomes overwhemingly backed up.
The Peace Arch Border Crossing connects the city of Surrey with the small town of Blaine, Washington. It is located along Highway 99 on the Canadian Side, and Interstate 5 on the American side. As the border is connected by major highways on both sides, it is the prefered point of entry to get to larger cities, such as Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, since it provides the most direct routes. It is the third busiest border crossing between the two countries; at peak times, waits can be up to four hours long, with an average of 4,800 cars crossing through per day. Click here for live footage of the Peace Arch Border line-up going both North and South bound.
Like Peace Arch, the Pacific Highway Border Crossing also connects the city of Surrey with the small town of Blaine, Washington. It is located on the what was once know as the Pacific Highway which runs from Vancouver, British Columbia to San Diego, California. On the Canadian side, the highway is now signed as British Columbia Highway 15 and on the American side it now the Washington State Route 543. Since 1970, all commericial vehicles are required to use the Pacfic Highway Crossing if they are planning to cross the border between Surrey and Blaine. It is now one of the top five busiest commercial border crossings between Canada and the USA. Click here for live footage of the Pacific Highway Border line-up going both North and South bound.
Once you arrive in Canada you will be moments away from some of Greater Vancouver’s best restaurants, activities, events, and more! Surrey is a fantastic travel hub, minutes from downtown Vancouver and close to nature trails, amazing beaches, eclectic local shops, global restaurants and one-of-a-kind heritage sites that will transport you back in time.
Here are a few highlights and resources:
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It’s impossible to encapsulate Surrey into just a few pictures or signature experiences – Surrey is ready for you to discover and to tell your unique story. Check out our Blog for fresh features and things to do or explore the features in the main menu to craft your own unique story just across the border. You’ll feel a world away in our multicultural and welcoming neighbourhoods…