Travel Advisory

On this page you will find resources from Whatcom County, Western Washington University, and Washington State Department of Health, as well as information about regional transportation, our visitor center, and other helpful guidelines on how to visit Bellingham an Whatcom County safely and responsibly.

Visit the Whatcom County Health Department's website for resources on COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and case information. Western Washington University also offers COVID-19 updates, including vaccination requirements and testing information.

Whatcom County includes Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Birch Bay, Point Roberts, Lummi Island, Lynden, Sumas, Everson, Nooksack, Deming, Glacier and Newhalem. Sign up for Whatcom County public alerts.

US/Canada Border info: 

USA To Canada: Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens can now cross into Canada, subject to some limited exceptions. All travelers must use the ArriveCAN app or website to submit their travel information to Canadian officials before coming to the border crossing. 

Canada To USA: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is required at the Canadian Border to enter the US. Unvaccinated visitors will still be barred from entering the United States from Canada at land borders. 

Before visiting, Canadian and American travels should look at the latest border crossing requirements for traveling north into Canada or south into the United States. 

For a list of available testing locations visit Whatcom County's Testing Locations Page

Effective March 12, 2022, masks are no longer mandated throughout the State of Washington. However, local health jurisdictions and some individual businesses are still choosing to require masks. Visit the Washington State Health Department website for more information. Workers resources related to COVID-19 can be found here. 

The large variety of outdoor recreation near Bellingham changes with the season, but don't forget to Recreate Responsibly! Take part in activities including hiking, biking, camping, beach-combing, fishing, hunting, boating, horseback riding, paddlesports, tennis, go karts, ORV/motorcross, and golf. 

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Visit our "Getting Here" section, or check directly with carriers and resources below for specific updates or special advisories.

Take a look at the Department of Transportation website for local travel alerts.

The average temperature in Whatcom County varies based on altitude (for example, sea level in Blaine versus high elevation at Mt. Baker ski area) and other factors. The average high in Bellingham in July is 72 degrees with a low of 53 degrees. In January, the high is around 43 degrees and the low is 31 degrees. On average, there are 71 sunny days, 93 partly sunny days and 201 cloudy days.

You can discover up-to-date information on air quality in Bellingham and Whatcom County.

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Staff is also available via email. Contact for visitor information.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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904 Potter Street, Bellingham, WA 98229
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