British Columbia travel advice

Explore our complete guide to British Columbia with the latest travel advice for travellers and holidaymakers including official updates and local travel tips for British Columbia.

British Columbia travel guide - essential info

Below is a beginner's guide to British Columbia with essential travel facts such as dominant language spoken, typical flight time from the UK and the local currency. You can also check whether visas are required and what plug adapter you need to pack.

British Columbia - quick facts
Flight time 9.5 hours
Time difference UK -7 to -8 hours
Language(s) English, French
Currency Canadian Dollar
Electricity A + B plug (120V)
Driving side Right
Visa Yes

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✝ = Typical flight time from the UK and visa requirements for UK travellers.

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British Columbia weather

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British Columbia travel advice

Check the latest travel advice on visiting British Columbia from official government sources (in english) from around the world including entry requirements and travel restrictions.

Learn more about the current safety and security risks from terrorism, natural disasters and more. Read about the local laws and customs to consider when travelling around British Columbia.

Note: UK FCDO - UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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British Columbia travel health

Find out more about staying safe when travelling to British Columbia with the latest guidance on required vaccinations and recommended medication to take with you.

Check out the general travel tips for staying safe and healthy in British Columbia, risks of preventable diseases and what to pack.

Note: CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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British Columbia covid live updates

Check the latest live updates on Covid-19 in British Columbia with the vaccination requirements, current available statistics and up-to-date travel advice from government agencies.

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British Columbia FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about travelling to British Columbia including the current entry restrictions, covid rules, driving side, electrical plugs used and much more.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Canada?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from Canada. The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

What is the flight time to British Columbia from the UK?

The flight time to British Columbia from the UK is typically 9.5 hours.

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What is the time difference between British Columbia and the UK?

The time difference between British Columbia and the UK is UK time-7 to UK time-8 hours.

What is the main language spoken in British Columbia?

The main languages spoken in British Columbia are English and French.

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What is the currency in British Columbia?

The currency in British Columbia is the Canadian Dollar (CAD).

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Which plugs are used in British Columbia?

British Columbia uses electrical plug type A + B (120 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in British Columbia?

They drive on the right side of the road in British Columbia.

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Do you need a visa for British Columbia?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter British Columbia.

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