Self-isolation

PLEASE NOTE:

 The Government of Canada has recently announced the following changes:

  • Foreign nationals who have travelled from certain countries in Africa within the previous 14 days will not be permitted entry into Canada.
  • As of January 15, 2022, international students (18 years or older) will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated.
  • Starting November 30, 2021, three additional COVID-19 vaccines approved for use by the World Health organization (Sinopharm/Covilo, Sinovac/Coronavac, and COVAXIN) will be accepted for travel to and within Canada.
  • Starting October 30, 2021, you will need to be fully vaccinated in order to board a plane or train in Canada.

 For more information about these changes, see Travelling to Canada.

If you have questions about the timing of your arrival, you should contact your airline and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for more information.

Unvaccinated travelers to Canada must self isolate (quarantine) for 14 days upon entry to Canada. See details below.

Vaccinated travelers eligible to enter Canada and who meet the Government of Canada requirements of fully vaccinated travellers may not have to self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days. See details below.

Travellers arriving to Canada who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine

  •  Air travellers from everywhere except India must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 72 hours of the scheduled flight to Canada.  If you have a connecting flight, the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada.  You may need to schedule the test in your transit city.  At this time, proof of being vaccinated does not replace a valid test result.
  • Air travellers flying direct to Canada from India must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test from the Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport. The test must be taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of your direct flight to Canada.  If you’re taking an indirect flight from India to Canada, you’ll still need proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test, within 72 hours of your final flight to Canada. The test must be taken in the country from which your flight to Canada will depart.
  • You must provide proof of full vaccination and enter it into ArriveCAN.  Please bring proof of vaccination documentation with you when you travel to Canada as you may be asked to present it to the Canada Border Services Agent upon arrival.  Please note that the vaccination documentation must be in English or French.
  • You must have a suitable quarantine planfor 14 days, and enter it into ArriveCAN and the UVic Study Location Registration form. You do not have to show proof of a reservation for your quarantine plan, but rather have identified a viable place of quarantine accommodation and be able to answer questions about your plan.  Completing all forms is mandatory.  Failure to complete all forms could result in you being denied entry to Canada.

You will only be required to do a COVID-19 test when you arrive in Canada if you are randomly selected to complete one. Not all travellers will have to do this.

Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 14-180 days prior to their arrival in Canada must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test.

Travellers arriving to Canada who are not fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine

  • Air travellers from everywhere except India must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 72 hours of the scheduled flight to Canada.  If you have a connecting flight, the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada.  You may need to schedule the test in your transit city.  At this time, proof of being vaccinated does not replace a valid test result.
  • Air travellers flying direct to Canada from India must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test from the Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport. The test must be taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of your direct flight to Canada.  If you’re taking an indirect flight from India to Canada, you’ll still need proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test, within 72 hours of your final flight to Canada. The test must be taken in the country from which your flight to Canada will depart.
  • Land and sea travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the US within 72 hours of arrival in Canada. At this time, proof of being vaccinated does not replace a valid test result. You must keep proof of your test results for your first 14 days in Canada.
  • Air travellers must take a COVID-19 test on arrival to Canada. At the same time, you will be provided with a COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection Kit to take a test on day 8 of your mandatory self-isolation (quarantine). If you are arriving by air, you can pre-register for your COVID-19 test.
  • Land travellers must take a COVID-19 arrival test upon entry into Canada. Check the border crossing list to see if your land border crossing has a testing station. If so, you can create an account in advance to save time at the border.  Alternatively you will be given a COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection kit and instructions before leaving the border crossing.   Please see the instructional video here.
  • You must self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days in suitable accommodation. Please see here for UVic recommended hotels for self-isolation (quarantine) in Victoria. Please identify yourself as a UVic student requiring self isolation (quarantine) accommodation when you book to get the best possible rate.  Airbnb is also an excellent accommodation option. Please note that UVic does not have any accommodation on campus that is suitable for self-isolation (quarantine). 
  • You must take a COVID-19 molecular test on day 8 of your 14-day self-isolation (quarantine). You will be provided with a COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection kit and instructions before leaving your point of entry.
  • You must complete the daily check-ins with ArriveCAN and the UVic Self-isolation Program each day throughout the 14-day self-isolation (quarantine).

Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 14-180 days prior to their arrival in Canada must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test. 

Self-isolation program

To help support you, as a UVic student, and make the necessary arrangements for arriving and self-isolation (quarantine) in Canada, UVic has created the UVic Self-isolation Program. The program includes:

For vaccine card information, please see BC Vaccine Card and Canadian Proof of Vaccination.

Contact us by email uvicsip@uvic.ca or by telephone (250) 472-4984