Prepare your quarantine (self-isolation) plan

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

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As of July 5, 2021, fully fully vaccinated travellers who have received vaccines approved by Canada at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada are exempt from the 3-night government hotel stay, the 14-day quarantine, and day-8 COVID-19 test, if meeting eligibility requirements.

Starting August 9, 2021 at 12:01am EDT, all travellers coming to Canada by air will no longer require a 3-night stay in a government approved hotel, but those who are not fully vaccinated must still quarantine for 14 days. If you are required to quarantine upon entry into Canada to begin or continue your studies, you may be eligible for financial assistance from UBC — details will be shared at a later date. Furthermore, the government plans to allow fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents currently residing in the US to enter Canada for non-essential travel, such as parents from the US  travelling to accompany or visit you.

Starting September 7, 2021, provided Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favorable, the government intends to open Canada’s borders to all fully-vaccinated travellers for non-essential travel.

See the backgrounder and news release for more details and for information on additional upcoming changes. The Travelling to Canada Guide will be updated shortly.

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 and are not fully vaccinated, 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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Fully vaccinated travellers

As of July 5, 2021, travellers who are fully vaccinated who have received vaccines approved in Canada are exempt from the 3-night stay in a government-approved hotel, 14 day quarantine and day-8 COVID-19 test. You must still be exempt from the current travel restrictions by meeting the requirements in step 1 as a current international student as well as your dependents who are exempt from the current travel restrictions.You will need to have a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine in case the border officer determines you do not meet the requirements of a fully vaccinated traveller, however you do not need to book the 3-night stay in a government approved hotel. If you have booked a 3-night stay in a government approved hotel, you can contact the hotel to request a cancellation.To be considered a fully vaccinated traveller, you must:

  • Have received the full series of a vaccine, or combination of vaccines, accepted by the government of Canada at least 14 days before entering Canada. This currently includes:
    • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
    • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
    • AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD COVID-19 vaccine
    • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine
  • Have proof of vaccination in English or French, or have a certified translation

Before travelling to Canada you must provide proof of vaccination into the ArriveCAN app, which has been updated on June 5. You will also need to keep a paper or electronic copy of your vaccination and original certified translations. Your vaccination(s) can be completed in any country.

If you are fully vaccinated and your children under 18 years old, or 18 years and older who need support due to a mental or physical condition, are travelling with you, they are exempt from the 3-night government approved hotel, but must quarantine for 14 days.

If you are under 18 years old, or 18 years and older who needs support due to a mental or physical condition, and are travelling with a fully vaccinated parent, you will also be exempt from the 3-night hotel stay but will need to quarantine for 14 days.

You will need to keep a list of close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada and follow public health requirements and self-isolate or quarantine if you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone who has tested positive.

If the CBSA officer determines that you are not eligible to be considered a fully-vaccinated traveller, you will need to stay in a government-approved hotel for the first 3 nights, quarantine for 14 days, and take the day 8 COVID-19 test.

See COVID-19 vaccinated travellers for more information and fully-vaccinated travellers entering Canada during COVID-19 for arrival steps.

If you need to be vaccinated in Canada

There is no requirement to be vaccinated to travel to Canada.

The list of vaccines approved by the government of Canada may be expanded in the future. Please see approved COVID-19 vaccines for updates. At this time there are no exemptions for partially vaccinated travellers.

When you arrive in British Columbia you will be able to be vaccinated for free. Learn about COVID-19 vaccines for international students.

Your Quarantine (self-isolation) plan

Anyone entering Canada must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival unless exempt, even if they have provided a negative COVID-19 molecular test result. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you will not be permitted to travel to Canada. 

Even if you are fully vaccinated you must still prepare a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine in case the officer determines you are not eligible as a fully vaccinated traveller.

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 submit your plan through the ArriveCAN app and bring documents relating to your quarantine plans and present them to the officer when you arrive. THis appleis whether you meet the above criteria of a fully vaccinated traveller or not.

As of February 22, 2021, you must start your quarantine at a government approved hotel for 3 nights if you are flying to Canada, unless you are exempt. 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 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.

Some travellers are exempt from quarantine.

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 – visit bringing health products into Canada for personal use details. 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 includes proof of reservation and payment for your 3-night booking in a government-approved hotel if flying to Canada and not meeting the above criteria of a fully vaccinated traveller. 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 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

At present, 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, unless you are fully vaccinated or exempt.

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.

Some travellers are exempt from the 3-night hotel stay, for example if you:

  • have proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test from 14 to 90 days prior to travel or
  • are under 18 years old and travelling alone.
  • Meet the criteria of a fully vaccinated traveler.
  • Are under 18 years old and travelling with a fully vaccinated parent

See COVID-19 mandatory hotel stopover for details.

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. This includes proof of reservation and payment for your 3-night booking in a government-approved hotel if flying to Canada and not meeting the criteria of a fully vaccinated traveller. All travellers will also be required to disclose COVID-19 vaccine information, including whether you received one, the brand name, when it was administered and doses received . The ArriveCAN app was updated on July 5 – be sure to download the latest version. If you are a fully vaccinated traveller you will also need to upload an official translation if it’s not in English or French.
  • 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

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-8 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.

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 July 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.