Self-isolation plan & documentation

Before travelling to Canada, all students must make the necessary arrangements for their mandatory, 14-day self-isolation (quarantine). Your submissions will cover your travel arrangements, locations of self-isolation, and arrangements for necessities. At this time, all travellers to Canada must follow self-isolation (quarantine) requirments. There are no exceptions for vaccinated travellers.

Self-isolation (quarantine) registration

To ensure compliance with federal and provincial regulations, you must register your self-isolation plans with the:

Government of Canada, using the ArriveCAN app

Before boarding your flight or crossing the border to Canada, you must use the Government of Canada ArriveCAN system to submit your:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan (unless exempted under conditions set out in the mandatory isolation order)
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessments

Once you submit your information through ArriveCAN, a receipt will be displayed. Be ready to show the receipt to a Canadian border services officer. You can show your receipt from the app as a screenshot or printout.

Once you've arrived in Canada, you must use the ArriveCAN system to:

  • confirm that you've arrived at your Government of Canada authorized hotel.
  • complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments until the completion of your self-isolation period or until you report symptoms.

For more information or registration and requirements, refer to the ArriveCAN site.

Please note that you will be asked for a phone number on which you can receive calls from ArriveCAN while in self-isolation (quarantine).  The ICE Currency booth at the airports sell both prepaid credit cards and sim cards, and are accessible to arriving passengers before taking their COVID test and heading to the government approved hotel.  Watch for signage.

Alternatively you can make arrangements for a phone and/or SIM card before arriving in Canada through PhoneBox. Phone calling can also be set up through your laptop computer using Call2Friends, Skype or Google Voice.

Government of BC, by completing a self-isolation plan

Your self-isolation plan can either be:

  • Completed and submitted online before or when you in British Columbia.
  • Completed and submitted using a paper form when you arrive in British Columbia.

It is highly recommended you complete and submit the form online before you begin your travel to British Columbia. Please note, the online form is not compatible with the Internet Explorer browser.

UVic Self-isolation Program, by completing the self-isolation registration form

International students travelling to Canada and enrolled at the University of Victoria must provide appropriate notification to the university of their self-isolation (quarantine) plans by registering in the UVic Self-isolation Program prior to their arrival in Canada. 

All international students must:

  1. Complete a Self-Isolation Registration form prior to arrival
  2. Complete a daily check-in form for each day you are in self-isolation (quarantine), starting on your date of arrival in Canada

UVic's Self-isolation Program is designed to support you, as a UVic student, make the necessary arrangements for arriving in Canada, self-isolating on arrival, and ensuring a successful start to your studies in Canada.

Self-isolation check-ins

In addition to your initial registration, you are also required to check in while in self-isolation (quarantine), both with the Government of Canada and the University of Victoria:

  1. Check-in within 48 hours of arrival with the Government of Canada and complete and report your self-assessment daily with the Government of Canada, through the ArriveCAN app or by calling 1-833-641-0343.
  2. Check in daily with the University of Victoria by completing a Self-Isolation Daily Check-in form

International Student Services and the University of Victoria are here to support you throughout your time in self-isolation (quarantine). For more information, see the supports and opportunities section of this website.