Prepare your quarantine (self-isolation) plan

All travellers to Canada must quarantine upon arrival. UBC has a self-isolation program to help.

Latest updates

As of February 15, 2021, all travellers to Canada must take a COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure time or arrival at the land border.

As of February 22, 2021, air travellers will need to have reserved a 3-night stay at a government approved hotel in advance of travelling and all travellers will need to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as complete a COVID-19 test kit during quarantine.

Furthermore, the government announced further measures to support international students. Studies completed outside Canada may be eligible to count towards the post-graduation work permit (PGWP) up to December 31, 2021. See the International Student FAQ for details.

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
All travellers must prepare a 14 day quarantine plan and submit it through ArriveCAN before travelling. If you’re flying to Canada, book your 3-night stay in a government-approved hotel. 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 molecular test result or have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are flying to Canada on or after February 22, 2021, you must start your quarantine at a government approved hotel for 3 nights. It is critical that you pre-book your hotel in advance of travelling. You will then complete the remainder of the 14-day quarantine at your place of quarantine. 

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
  • Arrangements for your necessary support such as food, medication, child care, or cleaning supplies

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.

Book your 3-night stay at a government-approved hotel

As of February 22, 2021, all air travellers will need to book a 3-night stay at a government-approved hotel in advance of departure to Canada to wait for your COVID-19 test results.

You must book a government-approved hotel at your first place of arrival in Canada and will not be able to continue to your final destination until you have received a negative COVID-19 test result. If you get your negative test results before the 3-night booking is over, you can leave the hotel and proceed to your final place of quarantine sooner.

Costs will vary and will include the costs associated with the room, food, cleaning, infection prevention and control measures, security and transportation. Travellers will be responsible for covering these costs. See the list of government-approved hotels.

Register for your COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada

Register for your COVID-19 molecular test at the airport or land border before you travel for faster processing.

If travelling by air, register at your first airport of arrival in Canada:

If arriving in Toronto, you will also be registered for your Day-10 COVID-19 test.

If travelling by land, register in advance of arriving at the border. The Douglas (Peace Arch) crossing has on-site testing. See arrival testing at the border for additional ports of entry with testing stations.

Create your quarantine plan for the remainder of the 14 days

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

Getting to your place of isolation from the hotel

You must go directly to your final place of quarantine without delay and wear a non-medical mask or face covering while you travel.

For transportation options and guidelines, see YVR’s transportation information.

If you have questions about your quarantine plan

Contact Service BC for guidance—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, including proof of reservation and payment for your 3- night booking in a government-approved hotel if flying to Canada. This can also give you faster processing at the airport upon arrival. After you have submitted your information be sure to save the receipt, 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 and will need to show this to a CBSA officer on arrival. If you will not have a working cell phone number, you should give the phone number of the government-approved hotel you’ve booked, then update your contact information.
  • British Columbia’s (BC) Self-Isolation form
    All travellers arriving in BC must submit their quarantine plan online before or after arriving in British Columbia

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UBC Self-isolation packages and resources

If you need a place to live while you quarantine, UBC provides on-campus self-isolation packages that include accommodation, meals, as well as planning and self-care resources. Off-campus options are also available.

You might be eligible for a subsidy for the UBC Self-Isolation Package.

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.

Shuttle

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

Taxi

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 February 19, 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.