Travelling to Canada during COVID-19
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.
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
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
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
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
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