After arriving in Canada

When you arrive in Canada, take these steps before starting your studies.

Latest updates

On August 25, 2022, IRCC announced an extension of temporary policies allowing online courses outside Canada to count towards the post-graduation work permit until August 31, 2023, if meeting eligibility requirements. See the notice for details. The International Student Guide will be updated shortly.

As of January 15, 2022, most international students and work permit holders must be fully vaccinated to travel to Canada. Exceptions include international students under the age of 18 studying at approved institutions such as UBC.

As of June 20, 2022, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required to board flights and trains in Canada. Learn more about boarding flights, trains, and cruise ships in Canada.

Travel restrictions, testing, and quarantine requirements may change without notice. Visit COVID-19: Travel, testing, and borders for updates.

Last updated Thurs, Aug 25, 2022

Follow your self-isolation plan

After arrival in Canada, if you must quarantine you’ll need to use ArriveCan to confirm your arrival and place of quarantine, complete daily self-assessments, and confirm you’ve completed the Day 8 test (if applicable). Visit the ArriveCAN page for details.

If your contact information or quarantine location has changed, email your updated information to

If the officer has determined that you are fully vaccinated and confirmed you do not need to quarantine yet you are receiving notifications, see ArriveCan troubleshooting.


Complete the Day-8 COVID-19 test following the instructions provided, if applicable.

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After-arrival checklist


  1. Apply for the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)
  2. Check that you have iMED health insurance
  3. Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  4. Add your document expiry dates to UBC’s Reminder System
  5. After self-quarantine, get a BCID to avoid carrying your passport for identification.
  6. Learn how to get vaccinated or register your vaccine if you’ve been vaccinated outside of BC

Be sure to follow BC public health guidelines and see COVID-19 and UBC’s response for updates

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If you need emergency financial support

If you’re facing financial hardship or have questions around your finances during the COVID-19 outbreak, speak to an International Student Advisor.

If you are required to quarantine upon entry to Canada to begin or continue your studies, you may be eligible for the UBC Quarantine Bursary.

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International Student Guide

Find everything you need to know about life as an international student at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

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International student FAQ

Learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on immigration and health insurance for international students.


Find New to UBC resources

Find resources and tips to help you get started, stay connected, and navigate online academics during your first year at UBC Okanagan.

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This information is accurate as of April 12, 2022, and is subject to change. Follow the latest updates on travel restrictions due to COVID-19. See also CBSA’s updates on travel for non-Canadians.