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Travel to Canada Guide

Changes to border measures

Important Notice

The Government of Canada announced adjustments to Canada’s border measures and recommended that everyone avoid non-essential travel outside Canada, regardless of their vaccination status. Please read the December 17, 2021 news release for all the details.

In addition, as of January 15, 2022, international students (18 years or older) will only be allowed to enter Canada if they are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved for entry into Canada. Please read the November 19, 2021 news release for all the details.

 

International Student Guide - Travel to Canada

Updated: January 17, 2022

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and strict requirements for entering Canada continue to affect travelers of all nationalities. Whether you are a new student or returning to BCIT, we advise you to carefully review all of the information in this guide and at all of the links provided. Regulations may change with little notice, so continue to regularly check all of the relevant information until your departure.

Do NOT travel to Canada if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.

The steps of the Travel to Canada Guide:

  1. Check your travel eligibility
  2. Prepare a quarantine plan
  3. Prepare for your trip
  4. Use ArriveCAN
  5. After arrival

Step 1: Check your travel eligibility

Start with the Find out if you can enter Canada online self-assessment tool. Also make sure to review the information on IRCC – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International students and International students: Travel restrictions and exemptions.

As of January 15, 2022, international students (18 years or older) will only be allowed to enter Canada if they are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved for entry into Canada. Please read the November 19, 2021 news release for all the details.

Among other requirements for entering Canada, you will need to bring:

  • a valid study permit or study permit approval letter (also known as a “POE Letter of Introduction”) from IRCC, and
  • a valid Letter of Acceptance from BCIT. If your LOA has already expired, you will instead need a valid International Confirmation of Enrolment Letterwhich must be requested online and paid for at least 5 business days before you plan to travel.

Note that BCIT is on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan.

If you have questions about your eligibility to enter Canada, you may contact Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) directly if you would like a confirmation before your trip. A border services officer will make a final decision on your eligibility to enter Canada when you arrive.

Note: If you change your DLI before traveling to Canada and don’t inform IRCC, you won’t be allowed to board your flight. Make sure to follow the procedure to change your school or program if necessary.

COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern

Important Notice

The Government of Canada recommended that everyone avoid non-essential travel outside Canada, regardless of their vaccination status. Please read the Omicron travel health notice for more details.


Step 2: Prepare a quarantine plan

Even if fully-vaccinated, travelers coming to Canada must have a suitable quarantine plan in case it is deemed necessary by a Border Services Officer. You will need to provide details about your quarantine plan through ArriveCAN and you may be asked additional questions about it at the port of entry.

We suggest to arrange for an accommodation where it could be possible for you to isolate yourself from others and to get food and other necessities delivered to you for at least 14 days upon arrival in Canada. If your plan is not considered acceptable, you may be required to make alternative arrangements at your own expense or stay in a federal quarantine facility.

Use the online Assess your quarantine plan tool to get started, and see below for additional information.

BCIT Travel & Self-Isolation Plan no longer required

As of January 17, 2022, BCIT no longer requires any student to submit a BCIT Travel & Self-Isolation Plan. However, international students must still meet all government requirements in order to be eligible to enter Canada.

If you have any questions about your travel plans, please contact us as early as possible and we will do our best to assist you.


Step 3: Prepare for your trip

Before traveling to Canada, you will need to submit your information through ArriveCAN and double-check that you have all of your required documents and other important items.

See the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Travel: Checklists for requirements and exemption for detailed information.

If you are required to bring medical exam results, check to make sure they don’t expire before you travel.

Step 4: Use ArriveCAN

The Government of Canada requires international travelers to provide certain information including documentation of COVID-19 vaccination through ArriveCAN. For more details, see Use ArriveCAN if you are travelling to Canada by plane.

Step 5: After arrival

Once you arrive in Canada ensure to review the Provincial and regional restrictions made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act to stay up-to-date with the current restrictions in British Columbia. We encourage you to continue taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when around other people.

We encourage you to check out Mental Health at Home for resources from BCIT Counselling & Student Development or schedule a free and confidential appointment with a professional BCIT Counselor. Or you may access Here2Talk for free 24-hour mental health supports.