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Come to Canada during the pandemic

As the pandemic keeps evolving, regulations keep shifting, too. This page describes some of what you need to know, including COVID-related steps after you arrive.

Note: All infographics on this page are linked to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Always check the IRCC links, as they will have the most current information.

Important information about traveling to Canada

The following information was last updated on December 23

For the most up to date information please visit Canada Public Health & Travel, testing, and borders


For information related to UFV campus please visit Return to Campus


News Release, Dec 22, 2021 - Travel Advisory: Limited exceptions to border measures in British Columbia


•       As of December 21, unless specifically exempted, all travelers must take a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test before arriving in Canada, regardless of how long they were away.


News Release, Dec 17, 2021 - Government of Canada announces additional measures to contain the spread of the Omicron variant


•       Temporary enhanced requirements ending for travelers who have been in Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.


News Release, Nov 30, 2021 - Government of Canada introduces additional measures to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern  


•       Government of Canada is expanding the list of countries with entry prohibitions.


News Release, Nov 26, 2021 - Government of Canada introduces new measures to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern


•       Enhanced border measures for all travelers who have been in the Southern Africa region.


News Release, Nov 19, 2021 - Government of Canada announces adjustments to Canada’s border measures


•       Vaccination requirements for entry to Canada as of Jan 15, 2022.

•       Expanded list of COVID-19 vaccines that travelers can receive to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of travel to Canada


Before you travel to Canada

  1. Are you fully or partially vaccinated under Canadian rules? Develop a quarantine plan before you travel.
  2. Get your approved pre-entry COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your flight’s departure.
    Note: Canada only accepts specific, pre-approved tests.
  3. Use the ArriveCAN app to submit your travel and quarantine plans. Note: when the app asks: "Is your travel is EXEMPT?", choose No.
    Download the app on Google Play for Android or from the App Store for iOS.
  4. Use the iCent app to submit your travel and quarantine details to UFV. You can find the form under the Mandatory forms icon.
    Download the iCent app on Google Play for Android or from the App Store for iOS.

The Government of Canada requires post-secondary institutions to closely monitor all students throughout quarantine. UFV International staff will contact you upon arrival and throughout your quarantine.

Note: You may qualify to be exempt from the 14-day quarantine, the three-night hotel stopover, or Day 8 testing if you meet the criteria outlined by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Entering Canada by land or air during COVID-19

Get the latest IRCC information for people arriving in Canada by land or air.‌


Reduce wait times at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the YVR Airport Authority are testing a project to expedite processing for students at YVR. If you want, you can choose to submit some of your information before you travel.

To participate in this optional service, you must:

  • Have a Port of Entry letter of introduction that says you have been approved for a study permit.
  • Enter Canada by air, arriving first at YVR.
  • Submit your information through the form at least 72 hours before arrival at YVR.

Note: This process does not replace any of the usual procedures for entering Canada.

Complete the Expedited Processing submission form

When you arrive in Canada

Canadian immigration checkpoint

You must present the following to the Canadian Border Services agent:

  • ArriveCan receipt
  • Test results
  • Quarantine plans

Canadian customs checkpoint

You need to bring the following documents with you for Canadian customs:

  • A valid passport
  • A study permit or port of entry letter of introduction (study permit approval)
  • A copy of your official letter of acceptance from the University of the Fraser Valley
  • Confirmation of enrollment
  • ArriveCan receipt
  • All other documentation required by IRCC, including your Financial Guarantee

After you arrive in Canada

  • Wear a mask.
  • Answer eligibility and health screening questions including quarantine plans.
  • Provide the required information and documents.
  • Take a COVID-19 molecular test.
  • Collect a test kit for use later during your quarantine.

Complete your quarantine

  • If test results are negative, travel directly to your place of quarantine (if required) without any stops along the way. Complete your test kit as instructed.
  • If test results are positive, you must relocate to a designated facility. Follow the instructions that are provided with the kit.
  • You must complete:
    • Your 48-hour post-arrival check-in via ArriveCAN app or call 1-833-641-0343.
    • Your daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment check via ArriveCAN app or call 1-833-641-0343.

Other important information

  • If you do not use the ArriveCAN app to submit your information before entering Canada, you will not be able to use it after arrival. While you may be able to use the webpage to enter your information at that point, you will not be able to switch back to the app. We therefore strongly recommend using the app ahead of time.
  • During your quarantine, you should monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19. If you have any symptoms, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool created by the BC Ministry of Health to see if you need further testing for COVID-19.
  • Travellers who do not submit the mandatory information required after they have crossed the border will be considered a high priority for follow-up by law enforcement. Be aware of the penalties for not following your quarantine plan when you are in Canada.

Get help through quarantine and beyond

Quarantine Handbook

Our Quarantine Handbook contains information and tips on many things, including:

  • Preparing for your 14-day mandatory quarantine
  • Accessing meals and medication
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • What to do if you experience symptoms

UFV International staff are also here to support you before, during, and after your quarantine.

Note: This handbook does not include the most recent travel updates. See the top of this webpage for additional travel requirements.

Download the UFV Quarantine Handbook 

Student Services

UFV Student Services have been operating online or via the telephone through much of the pandemic. We may continue with remote only, or we may open up to in-person visits, depending on the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Either way, we are always available. See what Student Services has to offer, and how to reach us.

Learn more about Student Services.


Get connected and supported by your peers.

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Orientation for incoming international students

CLIMB is our orientation program for new international students. We designed it for people who come to UFV each year from more than 75 countries around the world – people just like you. CLIMB includes lots of great information and activities to help you prepare for your new UFV life.

Learn more about CLIMB.

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