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Travel to Canada

If you are planning to travel to Canada for your semester, please ensure that you carefully read through this page and access all links included to ensure that you are prepared for your arrival. 


Coming to Canada during COVID-19

Visit our Coming to Canada during COVID-19 webpage to find resources on determining your eligibility to travel to Canada and stay up-to-date with the most recent travel requirements mandated by the Government of Canada. 

There are several very important pieces of information that you need to know and consider before you confirm your travel plans. The information on the page includes:

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

Get the app:

Use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information on and after your entry to Canada. Hint: when the app asks: "If your travel is EXEMPT?" Choose 'NO'

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play


Permits and Visas

Applying for a visa and study permit for the first time may be confusing, especially with the delays and changes due to COVID-19. We recommend reading through our Permits and Visas webpage to view some of the helpful links we have gathered for you. If you still have questions or are lost, join one of the virtual Immigration Workshops that will answer all your questins about:

  • study permit/work permit terms and conditions
  • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
  • inviting family members, study permit amendment
  • Designated Learning Institution (DLI) transfer to UFV
  • the different types of work permits (including PGWP)
  • Immigration rules on academic standing and non-study
  • how to schedule a break at UFV
  • and more!

More questions?

Please email your immigration-related questions to (include your student number and contact details).


Medical Insurance

As an international student, you need to have medical insurance for the whole time you are in Canada. UFV International’s staff will enroll you in a private medical insurance plan ( for the first three months of your studies. Visit our Medical Insurance webpage to learn more. 

Early Arrival

Your coverage begins on the first day of the first month of the semester. (e.g. May 1st for the Summer semester). If you are arriving in Canada before the coverage start date, it is your responsibility to purchase Early Arrival Insurance.

Within the first 10 days of your arrival in B.C., you must:

Enroll in the mandatory Medical Services Plan (MSP) for British Columbia (B.C.) if you are an international student with a study permit valid for a period of six or more months. Click on the orange button below to visit the Government of BC website and learn how to enroll.


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  • – Kerstin Stausberg
  •    UFV student
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