British Columbia’s ferry operator is offering free travel for Ukrainians fleeing war.
BC Ferries hopes the initiative supports Ukrainians who are settling into new homes around BC, according to a post on its website.
Ukrainians displaced by the war are eligible for free one-way travel to their host family or final destination — if that happens to involve a trip on the ferry. They can travel as a foot passenger or drive a vehicle onboard. Both options will be free.
To book in advance, Ukrainians should call BC ferries at 1-888-223-3779 (extension #6) and provide their sailing route, time, and passenger details. They’ll also need to provide verbal confirmation that they’re a Ukrainian citizen with a valid Ukrainian passport and a Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel with a passport stamp on or after February 24, 2022.
An advance booking is not needed, however. Ukrainians who meet the requirements can also show up in person at a ferry terminal to confirm their details and board the next boat with room.
Translators, hosts, and other volunteers providing travel assistance are also eligible for roundtrip ferry travel.