Travelling to Canada

If you're an international student, there are important things to know before you plan to travel to Canada

Latest updates

As of Thurs, Jan 5, 2022, all travellers flying from China, Hong Kong, and Macao who are 2 years old or older require a negative COVID-19 test result from no more than 2 days before departure (molecular test or antigen test with documentation to show it was monitored by a telehealth service or an accredited laboratory or testing provider), or a positive COVID-19 test from 10 to 90 days before departure. See the news release and webpage for details. This measure has been extended to April 5, 2023.

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

As a temporary measure, some international students can work more than 20 hours a week starting from Nov 15, 2022 to Dec 31, 2023. If you are eligible for the temporary measure, you might also be exempt from requiring a co-op work permit for co-op placements during this period. Check the FAQ for important eligibility details.

Last updated February 10, 2023.


If you’re an international student planning to come to UBC, we are here to help.

There are important steps to take before you plan your trip. It’s important for you to review the guide and understand the process and requirements before you travel.


Step 1. Before making travel arrangements

Before making travel arrangements, there are a few things you will need to consider.

  • Understand what travel documents are required
  • Consider when to travel
  • Get advice on whether you should travel


Step 2. Before you travel to Canada

Before you travel to Canada, you must make sure you prepare the right documents.

  • Get a new immigration medical exam, if required
  • Confirm your health insurance coverage
  • Complete the ArriveCan app (optional)


Step 3. What to bring

Find out what documents you should bring, and restrictions on what to bring with you.

  • See the documentation to bring
  • Learn what to pack


Step 4. While you travel to Canada

Know what to expect at the airport or border, and follow arrival steps.

  • Follow arrival steps and ensure your study permit has conditions to work

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Step 5. After arriving in Canada

There are a few things you need to do as soon as you arrive in Canada.

  • Apply for MSP and check that you have iMED
  • Complete the after-arrival checklist
  • Learn about life in Canada
  • Find helpful resources to get settled

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