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Old Jul 22nd 2020, 6:12 pm
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The important thing is that you MUST isolate and quarantine yourself for 14 days immediately after arrival, not travelling from the airport in Vancouver to Victoria first for example.

That means staying inside, no going out for even a short walk or to buy food. To order food or groceries for delivery, you will need a credit or debit card, of course.

Meals will be limited to what you can make in the room ............ a hotel room here will have a coffee machine with coffee and tea packets provided. It MIGHT have a small fridge. Some might have a small microwave, most do not or else you pay a daily deposit for one.

If you can arrange an AirBnB, you would at least have some sort of cooking privilege, if only a microwave. You would still have to not leave the premises for 14 days ....... one with a patio or balcony would allow you to at least go out there.

As I noted before ........... they are checking up on people who should be in quarantine to ensure that they are indeed following the rules. The penalty they seem to be assessing at the moment is the $1,000 fine ......... maximum is seemingly $250,000 and/or 1 year in jail.

A friend has just stayed in quite a fancy hotel on Vancouver Island as part of a "vacation in BC" idea. He will probably not be doing it again ............ after checking in for 3 nights, he had no contact with hotel staff, not even clean sheets or towels delivered to his door. If he wanted anything, such as clean towels, extra coffee or tea packets, he had to phone the front desk and pick them up from there later. NO breakfast or lunch served, he had to provide his own breakfast, buy lunch out from any place that he could find open. The hotel's fancy restaurant (meals costing mucho $$$$) and a local pub were open in the evening ....... with limited numbers and reservations required. When he came to leave, he had to phone the desk and tell them he was about to leave, leave the key in the room, and walk away. He will get the receipt for the cost by email ..... no chance to double check it before accepting it as one would normally expect.

He was paying quite a lot of money for that. As he said ........ he did very little different from what he had been doing at home in his condo for the last 4 months, and had far fewer people with whom he could talk.

Your stay in a quarantine hotel would be as bad as that, worse actually as you would be unable to even leave your room.
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yeah, this seems more like the reality. But it is interesting that the government pay for your stay. But i guess that would mean not pre-booking an hotel for your arrival and just turning up on their front door with a shrug and a, 'i don't have a plan, so help me' attitude? And even if you can order groceries, hotel rooms don't have utilities where you can prepare/cook your food anyway. So you'd have to order from restaurants, or pay loads extra to stay in a holiday home? Would the government cover the costs of a holiday home? At least then i could order groceries and sit outdoors in a garden.

I cant believe there's not a specific webpage that answers any of these questions.
If you don't have a pre arranged quarantine plan I believe they would potentially place you in a quarantine hotel (which wouldn't be a great option, being stuck in 1 room for 15 days).. and potentially little to no ability to order in groceries or other goodies.

A 'holiday let' with a kitchenette / outside area will likely be only a little more expensive than a hotel in downtown Vancouver would have been - and possibly cheaper as many holiday rentals (vacation rentals) aren't filled and they are eager for people to take them and are reducing the prices. That would be my first choice - the links I gave the other day had some accommodation that was under $100 a night (most hotels are more).

You could also look at longer stay motels/hotels to arrange yourself.. - they usually have some rooms with some kitchen facilities.> https://www.tripadvisor.ca/HotelsLis...zfp742645.html or motels / hotels with balconies, wifi and a microwave > https://www.trivago.ca/?aDateRange%5...erlayMode=more

You may be able to fly to Victoria International (internal Domestic flight) from Vancouver International provided you are wearing a mask..
https://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/tak...way-operations
https://www.victoriaairport.com/travelsafeyyj

Parking and Ground Transportation

  • Taxi service is available.
  • Car Rentals are operating.

Originally Posted by christmasoompa View Post
The government will only supply a hotel room. But what would you have done if you were moving in 'normal' times? Presumably you'd have hired a short term Air BnB or similar so just do the same as you were planning, but get groceries delivered instead of going out to buy them.
Exactly this

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Old Jul 22nd 2020, 10:20 pm
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place you in a quarantine hotel
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Finally had a chance to go through all the links provided, it seems that at the moment its affordable to rent for 14 days at a reasonable price, some of the prices are shockingly low for all they offer, i'm presuming this is because of the pandemic and lack of tourism at the moment? Thanks to all for the help, particularly Siouxie. I think the plan is to find a place with a kitchen and garden for 14 days in Vancouver in September, not so far from the airport, then maybe even move to another similar, cheaper place after the quarantine so I can then get out there and start scouting what part of Vancouver I'd like to live at first. But for those first 2 weeks its definitely a case of ordering shopping and food in. Artistically there seems to be more going on in Vancouver than Vancouver Island so thats a place to focus.

Thanks again for the info and help.
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Finally had a chance to go through all the links provided, it seems that at the moment its affordable to rent for 14 days at a reasonable price, some of the prices are shockingly low for all they offer, i'm presuming this is because of the pandemic and lack of tourism at the moment? Thanks to all for the help, particularly Siouxie. I think the plan is to find a place with a kitchen and garden for 14 days in Vancouver in September, not so far from the airport, then maybe even move to another similar, cheaper place after the quarantine so I can then get out there and start scouting what part of Vancouver I'd like to live at first. But for those first 2 weeks its definitely a case of ordering shopping and food in. Artistically there seems to be more going on in Vancouver than Vancouver Island so thats a place to focus.

Thanks again for the info and help.
Sounds like a plan! If you need help with identifying specific areas or information about specific areas I'm sure our lovely members will be willing to offer their insight.

You are most welcome.. do stick around, we've quite a community around these parts.. lots of different sub forums too - (for Canada look at the Maple Leaf for a little distraction)
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ok, will do! i'll see if there are chats where i could be comfortable joining in. thanks again.
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Old Jul 28th 2020, 2:58 am
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Be aware that finding places to live IN Vancouver will come at a high cost.

Prices for apartments to rent have dropped a little but are still very high.

I hope you have lots of money behind you to fund you until you find a job, which might or might not be difficult depending on what you want to do.

Even minimum wage service jobs such as in restaurants, coffee shops etc are hard to find because they are still not at full service levels, and they have to re-hire previous employees before newcomers ....... assuming that the previous employee wants to return to work that is.

This is a very strange time all around.
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Locate your nearest Save On Foods (or similar supermarket/grocery) and sign up for an account/arrange delivery. Wife and I had an account before we left Hong Kong. That way you know what is available for home delivery.
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