Travel Considerations

December 06, 2021

Do I need to be vaccinated to enter Canada? Do I need to quarantine? What is ArriveCAN? Can travellers from my country enter Canada?

During a pandemic, there are so many extra things to think about! Here are some important points for you to consider as you plan your journey to Canada.

Always check for updates!

Travel rules for entering Canada are constantly changing. This happens because the Government of Canada needs to respond to the current pandemic circumstances both in Canada and around the world. Changes can happen unexpectedly, so prepare to be flexible. As you plan your trip, be sure to continuously check the official government websites for updates. COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders is a great place to start. Recent changes and news releases will be posted at the top of the page.

As you can see from this November 30 news release, the Government of Canada has announced a ban on travel from certain countries in Africa. They have also stated that testing and quarantine rules will become stricter in the coming days, even for fully vaccinated travellers. Details have not yet been released, so check back regularly if you are travelling soon.

Ensure that you meet the requirements and have the proper documents to enter and study in Canada. These requirements can change quickly without notice and it is important to stay informed.  If you have any questions or need more information please contact the International Centre for Students at icsinfo@uvic.ca.

Vaccination requirements

Until January 14, 2022, international students with study permits will be permitted to enter Canada regardless of their vaccination status. As of January 15, 2022, unvaccinated international students 18 years of age and older will not be allowed to enter. Unvaccinated students who are under 18 years old will still be allowed.

As of November 30, 2021, you must be fully vaccinated to board a plane, train, or cruise ship in Canada. Vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted for travel. See Find out if you’re ready to board for the list of accepted vaccines. You should use your Canadian COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination document to travel if you have one. If you don’t have one yet, you can use your home country Proof of Vaccination document if it meets certain requirements. Under Find out if you’re ready to board, see “If you don’t have Canadian proof.”

Quarantine requirements

Unvaccinated travellers entering Canada will be required to quarantine for 14 days. This means that you must arrange for a place where you can stay for 14 days and have access to the necessities of life (food, water, medicine) without leaving. For more details, see Quarantine or isolation.

Travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated (Check if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller) will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine but must still present a viable quarantine plan. You do not have to actually book your accommodation, but you must know where you would go if the border guard determined that you must quarantine. You must be able to answer questions about your quarantine plan, such as how you would get there and how you would access food and other necessities. Remember that the Canadian Border Services Officer will make the final decision about whether or not you must quarantine when you arrive.

The November 30 news release indicates that tighter testing and quarantine measures will be coming soon. All travellers arriving by air (except from the USA) will have to take a COVID-19 test when they arrive, and they will have to quarantine while they wait for the results of that test. We are waiting for dates and details of this change to be released. Check COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders for updates.

Self-Isolation Program Registration

If you are entering Canada, you must register with the Self-Isolation Program (SIP), no matter if you are coming for the first time or just returning from winter break. Fill in the UVic Study Location Registration form to register your travel details with SIP. SIP can also support you with information about quarantining and quarantine plans, vaccination requirements, proof of vaccination documents, and other travel considerations.

Questions

If you have self-isolation (quarantine) or vaccination specific questions, please feel free to reach out at +1 250 472 4984 or uvicsip@uvic.ca. For all other questions and inquiries, please contact International Centre for Students at icsinfo@uvic.ca.