Travelling to Canada during COVID-19


On October 2, IRCC announced that amended travel restrictions for international students will take effect on October 20, 2020

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.

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Step 1. Check if you’re eligible to enter Canada

Check if you can travel before making travel arrangements. 

  • Understand travel documents you need.
  • Get advice on whether to travel.

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Step 2. Before you travel to Canada

Before you travel to Canada, you must make sure you prepare the right documents and have a self-isolation plan for when you arrive.

  • Gather documents supporting essential travel.
  • Confirm your health insurance coverage.

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Step 3. Prepare your self-isolation plan

You must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival and submit a self-isolation plan.

  • Read and follow provincial and federal guidelines for self-isolation.
  • Consider what you need for necessary support during your isolation.
  • Submit your personal details through the ArriveCan app (mandatory).
  • Learn about UBC's self-isolation packages and resources.
  • Know how to get to your place of isolation from the airport.

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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.

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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 check that you have iMED.
  • Get your documents in order.
  • Set up a temporary mailing address.
  • See options if you need financial support.
  • Learn about life in Canada.

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