Self-isolation

As of March 25, 2020, it is mandatory that anyone arriving in British Columbia from outside of Canada must self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days upon their arrival whether or not they have symptoms. At this time, all travellers to Canada must follow self-isolation (quarantine) requirments. There are no exceptions for vaccinated travellers.

Travellers flying to Canada

Travellers flying to Canada must:

  • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 72 hours of your scheduled flight departure time for your flight that lands in Canada. At this time, proof of having a vaccine does not replace a valid test result.
  • Take a COVID-19 test after arrival at the airport. At the same time, you will also be provided with a COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection Kit to take a test on day eight of your mandatory self-isolation (quarantine).
  • Arrange a three night, pre-paid booking in advance of travelling to Canada directly with a government-authorized hotel or by calling 1-613-830-2992 (collect outside of North America), 1-800-294-8253 (toll free within North America). All costs are the responsibility of the traveller(s).
  • Self-isolation (quarantine) for three nights in the government-authorized hotel, to await your results.
  • Remain in isolation at the government-authorized hotel until you receive a negative result on your arrival test. If you have an approved quarantine plan, you'll be allowed to complete the remainder of your 14-day self-isolation (quarantine) at your planned location.
  • Take the COVID-19 molecular test on day eight of your 14-day self-isolation (quarantine). You will be provided with a COVID-19 At Home Speciment Collection kit and instructions before leaving the airport.
  • Complete the daily check-ins with ArriveCAN and the UVic Self-isolation Program each day throughout the 14-day self-isolation (quarantine).

Travellers driving to Canada

Travellers driving to Canada must:

  • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of your entry in Canada. At this time, proof of having a vaccine does not replace a valid test result.
  • Receive two COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection kits: one to use on the day you arrive in Canada and another to use on day eight of your 14-day quarantine. Some ports of entry offer on-site services to help you with your arrival specimen collection kit.
  • Proceed directly to your final destination, and remain in self-isolation for the full 14-day period.
  • Take another COVID-19 molecular test on day eight of your 14-day self-isolation (quarantine). 

Self-isolation program

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