After arriving in Canada

When you arrive in Canada, take these steps before starting your studies.

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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.

Follow your quarantine (self-isolation) plan

When you first arrive, check-in within 48 hours through the ArriveCAN online form or call 1 833 641 0343.

Follow the quarantine (self-isolation plans) you made before travelling to Canada and the following quarantine (self-isolation) guidelines:

Find helpful information and resources on taking care of your physical and mental health during self-isolation on UBC’s self-isolation page.

Consider getting involved virtually, such as joining an SUO Club.

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After-arrival checklist


  1. Apply for the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)
  2. Check that you have iMED and have told DCIS that you are arriving
  3. Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  4. Add your document expiry dates to UBC’s Reminder System
  5. After self-quarantine, get a BCID to avoid carrying your passport for identification.

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If you need emergency financial support

If you’re facing financial hardship or have questions around your finances during the COVID-19 outbreak, speak to an International Student Advisor.

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International Student Guide

Find everything you need to know about life as an international student at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

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International student FAQ

Learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on immigration and health insurance for international students.

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Find New to UBC resources

Find resources and tips to help you get started, stay connected, and navigate online academics during your first year at UBC Okanagan.

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This information is accurate as of January 13, 2021, and is subject to change. Follow the latest updates on travel restrictions due to COVID-19. See also CBSA’s updates on travel for non-Canadians.