Travel and Distancing


Caution symbol
Do not travel outside of Canada. In addition, please see the travel advice provided by PHAC

Watch the 45-second video below to hear travel reccomendations for people with IBD from an expert gastroenterologist.


Travel and Distancing Icons

What Does Physical Distancing Mean?

  • Keep a distance of two metres from the nearest person
  • If possible, cancel group events and hold meetings virtually rather than in-person
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Do not shake hands, hug, or engage in physical contact with other people, especially if they are sick
  • Practice good hand hygiene:
    Wash your hands with soap and water regularly after social contact, before meals, and often in between, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when soap and water is not available
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cough into your sleeve

Watch the 2-minute video below for physical distancing guidelines and how to practice good hygiene to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Coping with Distancing

All of us collectively are being asked to work together to protect each other. You are part of the solution and saving lives by isolating yourself. You can counterbalance the isolation by actively trying to connect with other people. 

Be creative and use virtual options to build that psychological closeness. Additionally, create a daily routine and be sure to exercise. 

Watch the video below to learn more from a clinical psychologist about the impact of physical or social distancing and what we can do to adjust or cope with this change.

For more strategies to cope with fear, anxiety, and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Your Wellbeing page

Dr Benchimol and Dr Kaplan photos

Want to help boost our research initiatives?

Text CURE to 20222 to donate $25 to support Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s world class research projects!


  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.