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Travel restrictions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has established travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements that may affect international students. Before making plans to travel to Canada, please check IRCC – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International students.

Students who are exempt from travel restrictions and plan to travel to BC should prepare a BC Self-Isolation Plan ahead of time.

So, you’re planning to travel to Canada to study at BCIT. It’s the start of an exciting new part of your life and you want to make sure to be well-prepared. Follow the pre-arrival checklist below to stay on track!

1. Study permit

Study permits are required for almost all international students coming to study in Canada. Visit Study Permit: About the process for more information, and be sure to apply for your study permit as early as possible!

Once you have received your study permit, you must provide proof of it to BCIT by following the instructions at Study Permit Requirements. Failing to provide proof of your study permit by the deadline could result in you being withdrawn from your program.

2. Entry document

In addition to a study permit, international students are required to have an official document that allows them to enter Canada. Most international students will need to apply for either an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a Visitor Visa.

3. Housing

It is very important to make arrangements so that you have a safe and secure place to live when you arrive in BC. Visit BCIT Student Housing to learn about on-campus and off-campus housing options in Metro Vancouver. For more information, visit Find a Place to Live.

4. Travel plans

Prepare to travel to BC by booking a flight if necessary and researching ground transportation options from Vancouver International Airport. We also suggest familiarizing yourself with local public transportation or student parking on campus if you plan to drive.

5. Medical insurance

Depending on the type of program you will be entering at BCIT, you may be charged along with your tuition fees and and enrolled in temporary private medical insurance with Guard.me International. Once you arrive in BC, you should apply for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) as soon as possible. For more information, watch our BCIT International Orientation – Medical Insurance video.

6. Stay updated

In the months before your program begins at BCIT, you may receive important information in your @my.bcit.ca email inbox. It is your responsibility to check these emails and to respond as required.

Following BCIT, BCIT International, and the Student Association on Facebook is also a great way to keep up-to-date.

7. Resources for newcomers

Visit WelcomeBC and MOSAIC to learn about some of the resources that are available for newcomers to BC.