Travel Advisory

Find information and resources from Whatcom County and Washington State departments of health, regional transportation, our visitor center, Western Washington University, and other helpful guidelines on how to visit safely and responsibly.

Effective March 12, 2022, masks are no longer mandated throughout Washington State. However, local health jurisdictions and some individual businesses are still choosing to require masking. More information about workers resources related to Covid can be found here.

The Whatcom County Health Department has resources on vaccination, testing, and case information on their website. 

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. 

Looking for the latest border crossing requirements to travel north into Canada or south into the United States? Information for both Canadians and Americans can be found here.

Western Washington University has COVID-19 updates, including vaccination requirements and testing information on their website.

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 here.

I am visiting from out of town/Canada and I need to get a COVID test before returning home, where do I go?
There are drive-through and walk-in options. Go to: Whatcom County Testing Locations Page

As of March 12, 2022, statewide mask requirements are transitioning to mask recommendations for many Washington state indoor settings. The decision to make masks a recommendation, and not a requirement, was based on the best science and research available, as well as experience and preparation to continue combatting COVID-19. For more detailed info, go here.

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.

Temperatures for the region vary based on altitude (for example, sea level in Blaine or the ski area of Mt. Baker) 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 31 degrees. On the average, there are 71 sunny days, 93 partly sunny days and 201 cloudy days.

Check out the latest information on air quality in our region here.

Most outdoor recreation near Bellingham is open with appropriate safety precautions, including hiking, biking, camping, beaches, fishing, hunting, boating, horseback riding, paddlesports, tennis, go karts, ORV/motorcross, and golf. Whatcom County Parks and Trails are open.

Check to see if we're open, our locations are listed here.

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.
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Visitor Center Located at I-5 Exit 253 - Check Hours
904 Potter Street, Bellingham, WA 98229
Phone: 360-671-3990

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