Proof of Vaccination

To ensure the safety of our travellers and staff, we require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at many hostels in British Columbia, Alberta, Québec and Nova Scotia. You'll find details relevant to each province below. Upon arrival, you'll be asked to show the required documentation at check-in. We are unable to accommodate travellers who fail to provide adequate documentation. For more information about additional safety protocols at our hostels, find out how we're keeping you safe.

Stay up to date on Canada's latest travel and entry requirements by checking travel.gc.ca. Complete a quarantine plan assessment online if needed before you go. 

Alberta
British Columbia
Nova Scotia
Ontario
Québec

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Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Result in Alberta

Proof of vaccination or a negative result is required of guests aged 12 and over to access shared spaces* at some of our hostels in Alberta. 

Proof of Vaccination

Proof of full vaccination must be presented at check-in either in digital form (i.e. screenshot or PDF displayed on a mobile device) or in printed form. 

Alberta travellers 
Official QR code proof of vaccination from alberta.ca/covidrecords

Out-of-province travellers
Official proof of vaccination provided by your provincial government, along with a piece of photo ID. 

International travellers 
The official proof of vaccination you used to enter Canada and your passport.

Negative Test Result

In the absence of proof of vaccination, travellers aged 12 and older may also provide an official negative COVID-19 test result.

Tests must be privately paid COVID-19 PCR or rapid tests completed within the 72 hours prior to check-in. Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.


*Shared Spaces
Hostels offer communal accommodation and amenities. Shared spaces refer to any communal areas where members of different groups may come into contact including guest kitchens, dining areas, common lounges, food & beverage outlets, shared rooms, shared washrooms and private rooms with shared washroom amenities.

For access to all our shared spaces, including shared rooms, shared washrooms, guest kitchens and dining space:

HI Banff Alpine Centre
HI Canmore
HI Jasper
HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre

For access to all areas of the hostel:

HI Nordegg
All HI Wilderness Hostels

If a hostel is not listed here, please check with it directly to inquire about its protocols.

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Proof of Vaccination in British Columbia

Proof of vaccination is required at some hostels in British Columbia. Documentation can be presented at check-in either digital form (i.e. screenshot or PDF displayed on a mobile device) or in printed form.

British Columbia travellers
Please show your BC Vaccine Card in either printed or digital form.

Out-of-province travellers 
Official proof of vaccination provided by your provincial government, along with photo ID. 

International travellers 
The official proof of vaccination you used to enter Canada along with your passport.

HI Fernie
HI Nanaimo
HI Nelson

HI Penticton

HI RED Mountain
HI Shuswap

HI Tofino
HI Vancouver Jericho Beach
HI Whistler
HI Yoho National Park

If a hostel is not listed here, please check with it directly to inquire about its protocols.

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Proof of Vaccination in Nova Scotia

Proof of vaccination is required at some hostels in Nova Scotia. Documentation can be presented at check-in either digital form (i.e. screenshot or PDF displayed on a mobile device) or in printed form.

Nova Scotia travellers
Please show your Nova Scotia Covid-19 Proof of Vaccination in either printed or digital form.

Out-of-province travellers 
Official proof of vaccination provided by your provincial government, along with photo ID. 

International travellers 
The official proof of vaccination you used to enter Canada along with your passport.

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Proof of Vaccination in Ontario

Proof of vaccination will be required at some hostels in Ontario. Documentation can be presented at check-in either digital form (i.e. screenshot or PDF displayed on a mobile device) or in printed form.

Ontario travellers
Please show your vaccine certificate in either printed or digital form.

Out-of-province travellers 
Official proof of vaccination provided by your provincial government, along with photo ID. 

International travellers 
The official proof of vaccination you used to enter Canada along with your passport.

HI Ottawa-Jail

If a hostel is not listed here, please check with it directly to inquire about its protocols.

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Proof of Vaccination in Québec

Access to HI Montreal requires proof of double vaccination. Documentation can be presented at check-in either digital form (i.e. via PDF or the VaxiCode app) or in printed form.

Quebec travellers
Proof of double vaccination is provided by the government's self-service portal.

Out-of-province travellers
Official proof of a double vaccination provided by your provincial government, along with a piece of photo ID. 

International travellers
The official proof of vaccination you used to enter Canada.

HI Montreal

If a hostel is not listed here, please check with it directly to inquire about its protocols.

What if I don't have proof of vaccination?

As always, you can cancel your stay up to 24 hours prior to arrival without charge. Give the hostel a call or send an email. 

We appreciate your patience as we roll out these new requirements in accordance with developing provincial guidelines. The guidelines above may be subject to change, so please check back regularly prior to travelling. For hostel-specific questions, please reach out to the hostel directly via phone or email. For more information about acquiring proof of vaccination documentation, please consult your provincial or local government.