Coming to Canada during COVID-19



Designated Learning Institution's reopening to international students who are currently outside of Canada 

Effective October 20, 2020, Designated Learning Institution's (DLI) with COVID-19 readiness plans approved by their province are now able to reopen to international students who are currently outside Canada. UFV has a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the Province of British Columbia. 

Whether you are a new or a returning student, there are several very important pieces of information that you need to know and consider before you confirm your travel plans. The information below includes:

  • Travel eligibility
  • Submitting a quarantine plan to the government
  • Submitting your travel/quarantine details to UFV
  • What to expect at the airport & documentation checklist
  • Information on self-isolation (Quarantine Handbook)

Eligibility to travel to Canada

Students who are currently outside of Canada are elgibile to travel if:

Please make sure you have proof that you are eligible to enter Canada.

For more information, visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website

Before you travel to Canada: 

1. Complete the Federal ArriveCAN applicationThis application will describe your 14-day quarantine (self-isolate) plan once you arrive in Canada. This plan is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you do not have a plan, you should not travel to Canada, as you may not be allowed to enter the country. 

 Your quarantine plan will include information such as:

  • where you will be staying;
  • how you will get groceries and medication without physically going to the store;
  • whether there will be vulnerable people where you are staying 
  • transportation from an international airport directly to your quarantine location

2. Submit your Travel and Quarantine details to UFVThe Government of Canada requires post-secondary institutions to closely monitor all students throughout quarantine. UFV International staff will contact you upon arrival.

At the airport:

You will need to pass a health check at the airport before you can board your flight to Canada. If you show symptoms of COVID-19, you will be denied entry to Canada. A border services officer will determine if you can enter the country, and provincial officials will review your self-isolation plan before you can move to your designated quarantine location.

Document checklist for Canadian customs:

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

  • Valid passport
  • Study permit, OR
  • Port of entry letter of introduction
  • A copy of your official letter of acceptance from the University of the Fraser Valley
  • Confirmation of enrollment
  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada
  • 14-day quarantine plan

After you arrive in Canada

Once you have cleared Customs and Immigration and have your health assessed by CBSA officers, you can collect your luggage and find transportation to your place of requirement.

Remember, you should travel directly to your place of quarantine without any stops along the way.

Be aware of the penalties for not following your quarantine plan once you are in Canada, outlined by the IRCC. These penalties can include:

  • A fine of up to $750,000 CAD
  • Six months of jail time in Canada.
  • Being found inadmissible, removed from Canada and banned from entering for 1 year.

You may be contacted by BC government authorities during your mandatory quarantine to make sure that you are following the plan you outlined. 

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.

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 self-isolation including access to meals, medication, accommodation, transportation, what to do if you experience symptoms, and much more. UFV International staff will be here to support you before, during, and after your quarantine. 

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 the UFV community and to have fun!

Programs to get you connected and supported 


UFV COVID-19 Support Group, is a facebook group for all international students who are new to UFV to find support during their first semester at UFV.

UFV COVID-19 Support Group

The UFV COVID-19 Support Group is a Facebook group that is designed to be an online space where all UFV International students can build connections with other students and of course your Global Engagement Team (UFV International staff members) during and post your mandatory 14 days quarantine/self-isolation period.

Join the UFV COVID-19 Support Group



The Global Lounge HUB logo

Global Lounge HUB

Located in myClass, the Global Lounge HUB is the place to join events like Virtual Game Night, Language Exchange, or just hang out and engage with your peers. The Global Lounge HUB is open to all UFV students (international and domestic) and UFV's Global Engagement team will always promise a good time!

Join the GL HUB



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.




International Student Orientation (ISO)

The staff at UFV International are pleased to welcome you and many others like you from over 75 different countries to British Columbia, Canada and our UFV community. We want you to start your #FarFromOrdinary journey right, by attending our International Student Orienation (ISO), made 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.

Go to International Student Orientation

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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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