Complete ArriveCan

All travellers to Canada must complete ArriveCan. Unvaccinated travellers to Canada must have a quarantine plan.

Submit your information in the ArriveCAN app (all travellers)

All travellers are required to complete the ArriveCAN mobile app within 72 hours before arriving in Canada, even if you are fully vaccinated. 

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 an official translation if your proof of vaccination is not in English or French. 

Unvaccinated travellers eligible to travel to Canada will need to prepare and submit their quarantine plan through ArriveCan. 

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. 

Your quarantine (self-isolation) plan (unvaccinated travellers only)

As of January 15, 2022, you must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada. Exceptions include international students under the age of 18 studying at approved institutions such as UBC.

As of April 25, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to provide a quarantine plan.

Unvaccinated travellers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, even if you have provided a negative COVID-19 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 submit your plan through the ArriveCAN app and bring documents relating to your quarantine plans and present them to the officer when you arrive. 

All travellers 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, if applicable.

Travel restrictions, testing and quarantine requirements may change without notice. Visit COVID-19: Travel, testing, and borders for updates.

Your quarantine plan must consider:

  • The location of your quarantine
  • How you will travel to your quarantine location
  • Arrangements for your necessary support such as food, medication, child care, or cleaning supplies

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

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 for 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 Student Health Service and University Village Medical and Dental Clinic (both accept iMED). Some pharmacies deliver prescriptions, such as University Pharmacy (accepts iMED), Pharmacy BC and London Drugs

If you are moving into a shared unit (any space that shares a washroom and/or kitchen with another student) in a residence managed by UBC Student Housing, you must quarantine in a different, private space before moving into your shared unit space. Contact UBC Housing if you have questions.

Getting to your place of isolation

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 and getting to your place of quarantine.

If you have questions about your quarantine plan

UBC International Student Advising cannot confirm if your individual plan will be sufficient and does not need to approve your quarantine plan.

You can use the assess your quarantine plan tool for guidance. 

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. You can also contact CBSA

Register for your COVID-19 test on arrival in Canada (all travellers)

Register for your arrival test before you travel for faster processing, even if you are fully vaccinated. There is no fee for on arrival testing.

If travelling by air, register at your first airport of arrival in Canada. If entering by land, you may be given a test kit.

If you are fully vaccinated, you may be randomly selected for the on arrival COVID-19 test. As of February 28, 2022, you do not need to quarantine while waiting for the test result.

As of July 19, 2022, mandatory random arrival testing resumes for air travellers arriving in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto airports. Testing will take place outside of airports. See the July 14 news release for details.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must take an on-arrival test.