Prepare your quarantine (self-isolation) plan

Visitors to Canada from abroad must self-isolate upon arrival and UBC has a self-isolation program to help.

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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.

Travelling to Canada: step by step

Step 1: Check if you’re eligible

Step 2: Before you travel

Step 3: Prepare your quarantine (self-isolation) plan
If you’re entering Canada from abroad, UBC’s Self-isolation Program can support you in your self-isolation plans.

Step 4: While travelling

Step 5: After you arrive

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Your Quarantine (self-isolation) plan

Anyone entering Canada must quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days upon arrival. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you will not be permitted to travel to or enter Canada. You will need to quarantine even if you have provided a negative COVID-19 PCR or LAMP test result.

You are responsible for arranging your own quarantine plan, and you must satisfy the CBSA officer that you have made appropriate quarantine arrangements to enter Canada. You must bring documents relating to your quarantine plans and present them to the officer when you arrive.

You will also need to wear a  non-medical mask or face covering on your flight and keep it on until you get to your place of isolation.

Your quarantine plan must consider:

  • The location of your 14-day quarantine
  • How you will travel to your quarantine location
  • You are strongly encouraged to arrange private transportation in advance, such as a private vehicle, if possible
  • Arrangements for your necessary support such as food, medication, child care, or cleaning supplies

Creating your quarantine plan

When making your quarantine plan, carefully review and follow these guidelines:

See ordering food in self-isolation for helpful options and resources.

If you are planning on bringing medication or health products with you, check that the quantity or type is not restricted. See tips on traveling with medication.

If you require a prescription during self-isolation, you can request a phone appointment with a clinic, such as the Student Health Clinic. Some pharmacies deliver prescriptions.

If you have questions about your quarantine plan

Contact Service BC—you can find their contact information on the right side of their page.

Submit your quarantine plan

After you’ve created your quarantine plan, you are required to submit your plan through the following forms:

  • ArriveCAN mobile app
    All travelers entering Canada must submit their quarantine plan through the ArriveCAN mobile app within 48 hours before arriving in Canada. This can also give you faster processing at the airport upon arrival. Save proof of having submitted your information, such as a printout or screenshot of the app on your phone, as you might need to show this to airline staff before boarding a flight.
  • British Columbia’s (BC) Self-Isolation form
    All travelers arriving in BC should submit their quarantine plan online before arriving in British Columbia.

UBC Self-isolation packages and resources

If you need a place to live while you quarantine for 14 days, UBC provides on-campus self-isolation packages that include accommodation,meals, as well as planning and self-care resources.

UBC is offering complimentary self-isolation packages to students TRAVELLING TO UBC FROM OUTSIDE OF CANADA (hence required to self-quarantine) and who are not able to self-quarantine in their own accommodation. Meals are included. Complimentary packages are available on a one-time only basis until further notice. Learn more and make a reservation as soon as possible.

See package details

Getting to your place of isolation from the airport

After arriving in Canada, you must go directly to your place of isolation without delay and wear a non-medical mask or face covering while you travel.

If possible, you are strongly encouraged to use private transportation, such as a private vehicle, to get to your place of quarantine, and avoid contact with others throughout your journey. There are several options for you to get from Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to UBC Okanagan campus.


Licensed Airport Shuttle Bus Services are available at the airport outside the south terminal building entrance.


If you wish to take a taxi, there is 24-hour taxi service from the airport serving the campus and other destinations around the region.

When making arrangements to be picked up by taxi on campus, you can direct taxi companies to meet you at the dedicated passenger drop-off and pick-up area in front of the Engineering, Management & Education (EME) building at 1137 Alumni Avenue.

Public transport

The #23 Lake Country bus travels between the campus and the airport. The #23 bus stop is located along Airport Way near the end of the car rental lot at YLW, and has a stop on campus at the transit exchange on Alumni Avenue.

Please consult Kelowna Regional Transit for the most current route, schedule, and fare information for this and other routes.

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.