After arriving in Canada
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
Travelling to Canada: step by step
Step 5: After you arrive
When you arrive in Canada, there are steps you need to take before starting your studies.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 YOUR COVID-19 TEST KIT
Complete the Day-8 COVID-19 test following the instructions provided, if applicable.
AFTER ARRIVING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA:
- Apply for the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)
- Check that you have iMED health insurance
- Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- Add your document expiry dates to UBC’s Reminder System
- After self-quarantine, get a BCID to avoid carrying your passport for identification.
- Learn how to get vaccinated or register your vaccine if you’ve been vaccinated outside of BC
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.
- iPREP immigration and health insurance course for undergraduate students, graduate students, or non-degree seeking students
- New to UBC resources for first years
- UBC 101
- Health insurance for international students
- Working in Canada
- Guide to banking in Canada
- Getting to know Canada
- Welcome to Canada: publications for newcomers (IRCC)
- EduCanada’s pre-departure guide
- BC’s Newcomers’ Guides (available in 13 languages)
- Driving in BC
- Resources for if you have children
Find everything you need to know about life as an international student at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
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