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Coming to Canada during COVID-19

Information for students seeking 14-day quarantine exemption

Travellers may qualify for the 14-day quarantine exemption if they:

  • are eligible to enter Canada;
  • are asymptomatic;
  • meet the Government of Canada requirements of fully vaccinated travellers;
  • meet all other entry requirements, including entering information in ArriveCAN before arrival.

To be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must:

  • be eligible to enter Canada;
  • have received the full series of accepted COVID-19 vaccines or a combination thereof;
  • have received the last dose at least 14 days prior to the day they enter Canada;
    • Example: If the last dose was anytime on Thursday, July 1st, then Thursday, July 15th would be the first day of meeting the 14-day condition
  • upload proof of their vaccination in ArriveCAN.

Accepted vaccines:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine - single dose

Vaccines not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada:

  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
  • Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
  • Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
  • Other

Please note: Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result and a quarantine plan is still required, even for travellers who meet the criteria to be considered fully vaccinated.


Information for all other students

Before you travel to Canada:

  1. Assess your quarantine plan before you travel.
  2. Get your pre-entry COVID-19 test.
  3. 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'
  4. Download iCent App and submit your UFV Quarantine Plan. 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. 
  • Download the iCent app (available at the Apple Store and Google Play Store). If you are unable to download the app, visit the iCent web app
  • Select "Canada" as your institution country.
  • Select "University of the Fraser Valley" as your institution name.
  • Enter your UFV student email and confirm that it is correct. You will receive an email with a secured PIN to log in. (Visit The Essentials page to learn how to log into your UFV student email if you are unsure.)
  • Enter the PIN and press "continue."
  • Complete your profile.
  • Find the "Mandatory Forms" icon and fill out the UFV Quarantine Plan form

Download iCent (Apple) Download iCent (Android) iCent Web App How to Video

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.


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.
Travelling to Canada Important Updates

Proof of vaccination requirement in BC

August 27, 2021 - By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), starting September 13, you must have at least one dose to access some events, services and businesses.

Returning to Campus: What you need to know

August 24, 2021 - Health, safety remain the top priority for return to campus

Fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada during COVID-19

August 9, 2021 - Information about pre-departure, at the border, and after entering Canada.

Travel, quarantine and borders: Find out if you can enter Canada

August 9, 2021 - Border changes: Use this tool to answer a few questions to find out if you may be allowed to enter Canada.

British Columbia province-wide restrictions

August 6, 2021 - Some provincial restrictions remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Read the most updated information on gatherings and events.

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.




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