Coming to Canada during COVID-19

Travelling to Canada Important Updates

British Columbia province-wide restrictions

May 25, 2021 - Provincial restrictions remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Read the most updated information on gatherings and events.

Government of Canada extends quarantine measures and travel restrictions 

May 21, 2021 - The Government has extended temporary travel measures restricting all commercial and private passenger flights from Indian and Pakistan until June 21, 2021.

Government of Canada expands restrictions to international travel by land and air

February 15, 2021 - All travellers entering Canada by LAND or AIR must follow the rules set out by the Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Government of Canada announces further measures to support international students

February 12, 2021 - The Government of Canada announced that international students are allowed to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a PGWP. 


 Before you travel to Canada:

  1. Assess your quarantine plan before you travel.
  2. Get your pre-entry COVID-19 test.
  3. Reserve your 3-night hotel stopover in a government-authorized hotel.
  4. Use the ArriveCAN app to submit your travel and quarantine plansDownload on Google Play for Android or through the App Store for iOS. 
    Hint: when the app asks: "If your travel is EXEMPT?" Choose 'NO'
  5. Submit your Travel and Quarantine details to UFV. 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.


Reduce Wait-times at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Incoming students can now voluntarily submit information prior to travel to the Voluntary Compliance Portal (VC Portal) as part of a pilot project between the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the YVR Airport Authority.

To participate in this optional service, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have a Letter of Introduction indicating study permit approval;
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR) must be the first point of entry into Canada;
  • Submission of information using the online form at least 72 hours before arrival at YVR.

*Note that this process does not exempt students from the normal assessment of admissibility to Canada by Border Services Officers, and does not replace the usual procedure for seeking entry to Canada.


At the Canadian Immigration Checkpoint, a border services officer will determine if you can enter the country. You must present your ArriveCan receipt, test results, and quarantine plans to the Canadian Border Services Agent. 

Document checklist for Canadian customs:

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

  • 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
  • Financial guarantee 
  • ArriveCan receipt


After you arrive in Canada

  • Wear a mask.
  • Answer eligibility and health screening questions including quarantine plans.
  • Provide required information and documents.
  • Take a COVID-19 molecular test (effective February 21, 2021 11:59 ET)
  • Collect a test kit for use later during your quarantine.
  • If you travelled by air, go to your pre-booked hotel for up to 3-nights to await results from your arrival test.


Completing your quarantine

  • If test results are negative, you should travel directly to your place of quarantine 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 instructions are provided.
  • 48-hour post-arrival check-in via ArriveCAN app or call 1-833-641-0343
  • Daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment check via ArriveCAN app or call 1-833-641-0343


  • Travellers who do not use ArriveCAN to submit their information before entering Canada will not be able to revert to using ArriveCAN after arrival!
  • 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 once you are in Canada.

Still have Questions about Travelling to Canada?


Dates: APR 13 & 27, MAY 11 & 25, JUN 8 & 22

Time: 9 -10am PDT


Quarantine Handbook

The Quarantine Handbook is an all-encompassing guide that contains information and tips on everything you need to know about preparing for - and during - your 14-day mandatory quarantine. Information includes accessing meals, medication, accommodation, transportation, what to do if you experience symptoms, and much more. UFV International staff is here to support you before, during, and after your quarantine.

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

Supporting you through Quarantine & beyond

Student services are open

During COVID-19, all student services at UFV are operating remotely — either online or via the telephone. To learn more about how to access student services, see the status of services table.

In addition, UFV continues to offer engagement programs that allow students to connect virtually with each other! 


Get connected and supported:   

ufv reach


This virtual wellness initiative is a way for you to connect to the UFV Student Community from the comfort of your home. REACH stands for Recreation, Engagement, Awareness, Connection, and Health! The group hopes to explore wellness through a holistic lens that touches on all the parts of REACH.




CLIMB (International Student Orientation)

We are pleased to welcome students from more than 75 countries! We want you to start your #FarFromOrdinary journey off right, by attending CLIMB - your International Student Orientation designed just for you! Learn the essentials of being a UFV student, and get the chance to meet our team as well as your fellow peers.


Kerstin Stausberg

UFV is awesome! It provides small classrooms for better student and prof interaction. You can get involved in clubs and associations. And if you have any problems, there are always helpful staff members who will support you.

  • – Kerstin Stausberg
  •    UFV student
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