Travelling to Canada during COVID-19

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

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As of January 15, 2022, 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. If you’re a temporary resident permitted entry into Canada without qualifying as fully vaccinated, you may take a connecting flight that is scheduled to depart within 24 hours of the departure time for your flight to Canada.

As of April 1, 2022, pre-arrival COVID-19 testing is longer required for fully vaccinated travellers to travel to Canada. You may be selected for mandatory random testing on arrival but will not be required to quarantine while waiting for test results. Testing requirements have not changed for partially or unvaccinated travellers.

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

Last updated April 19, 2022


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.

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Step 1. Check if you’re eligible to enter Canada

Check if you can travel before making travel arrangements. Not all students can travel to Canada.

  • Understand what travel documents are required
  • Get advice on whether you should travel
  • Learn how the travel restrictions may impact you
  • Consider when to travel

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Step 2. Before you travel to Canada

Before you travel to Canada, you must make sure you prepare the right documents and have a quarantine plan for when you arrive.

  • Gather documents supporting essential travel (proof of enrolment)
  • Get a COVID-19 test (for unvaccinated travellers only)
  • Get a new medical exam, if required
  • Confirm your health insurance coverage

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Step 3. Prepare your quarantine (self-isolation) plan

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival and submit a self-isolation plan. If you are fully vaccinated, you still need to prepare a 14-day quarantine plan in case you do not meet the requirements to be exempt from quarantine.

  • Read and follow provincial and federal guidelines for quarantine.
  • Consider what you need for necessary support during your quarantine.
  • Learn about criteria and exemptions for eligible fully vaccinated travellers.
  • Register for your on-arrival COVID-19 test at the airport or land border before travelling.
  • Submit your personal details and quarantine plan through the ArriveCAN app (mandatory).
  • Learn about UBC’s self-isolation packages and resources.

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Step 4. While you travel to Canada

Make sure you bring the right documents, know what to expect at the airport or border and follow arrival steps.

  • See the documentation to bring.
  • Learn what to pack.
  • Know what to expect at the airport or border.
  • Get a COVID-19 test on arrival (if you are fully vaccinated you may be randomly selected to do so).
  • Collect your day 8 COVID-19 test kit (for unvaccinated travellers only).

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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.

  • Follow your quarantine plan, if applicable
  • Complete the take-home COVID-19 test kit on day 8 (for unvaccinated travellers only)
  • Apply for MSP and check that you have iMED
  • Complete the after arrival checklist
  • See options if you need financial support
  • Learn about life in Canada

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