After arriving in Canada
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 for details.
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.
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 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
- 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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