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 7, 2021, all travellers flying to Canada must take a COVID-19 PCR or LAMP test within 72 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure time and provide a negative test result to travel to Canada.


If you’re an international student planning to come to UBC during the winter session, 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

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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 (self-isolation) plan for when you arrive.

  • Gather documents supporting essential travel (proof of enrolment)
  • Get a COVID-19 PCR or LAMP test within 72 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure time
  • Confirm your health insurance coverage

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

You must quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days upon arrival and submit a quarantine (self-isolation) plan.

  • Read and follow provincial and federal guidelines for quarantine (self-isolation)
  • Consider what you need for necessary support during your isolation
  • Submit your personal details through the ArriveCan app (mandatory)
  • Learn about UBC Okanagan’s quarantine (self-isolation) program
  • Getting to your place of isolation from the airport

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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 documentation to bring
  • Learn what to pack
  • Know what to expect at the airport or border

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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 ensure that you have iMED coverage
  • Get your documents in order
  • Set up a temporary mailing address
  • See options if you need financial support
  • Learn about life in Canada

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