Planning your travel

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Step 1. Confirm travel restrictions and entry requirements

It is important to understand that travel requirements are changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes may be big or small, sudden or expected. As you plan your trip, please check for updates on the Government of Canada website (COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders). Before you travel, you should ensure that you meet the requirements for entry to Canada.

Currently, international students must meet all of the following requirements to enter Canada:

  1. You must qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller if you are 18 years of age or older.
  2. You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit, unless you are exempt (for example, if your program of study is six months or less).
  3. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI).
    • If you are under 18 and do not qualify as fully vaccinated, your DLI must have an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. The University of Victoria is a DLI, and has an approved plan in place.
Step 2. Prepare your self-isolation (quarantine) plan if required, and register your travel plans with UVic

Quarantine plan requirement (Government of Canada)

Effective April 25, 2022, eligible fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to prepare a suitable 14-day quarantine plan and upload it into ArriveCAN. In the unlikely event that your arrival to Canada test is positive and you are instructed to quarantine, you can find resources and information at Self-isolation (quarantine) plan resources and support. If you are eligible to enter Canada as an unvaccinated traveller (for example, you are under the age of 18) and do not have a valid medical contraindication, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days after arrival, and you must prepare a suitable 14-day self-isolation (quarantine) plan prior to travel.

This means that you must identify a place where you could:

  • stay for at least 14 days
  • avoid contact with others
  • access food, water, and medicine without leaving

You will submit your quarantine plan using the ArriveCAN app (see Step 4 below) and should also be prepared to answer questions about your plan when you arrive in Canada.

Refer to our Self-isolation (quarantine) resources and support page for guidance on developing your plan, including accommodation options in Victoria.

Self-isolation registration (UVic)

Before you come to Canada, UVic recommends you fill out the SIP Registration form to register your travel details with the UVic Self-isolation Program. If you don’t yet know exactly when you are coming, you can choose an approximate arrival date and then submit a new form after you have finalized your travel details. We encourage you to fill out this form as it helps us support you with your arrival.

Self-isolation Program (SIP)

The UVic Self-isolation Program (SIP) exists to support you, as a UVic student, with making the necessary arrangements for arriving in Canada and self-isolating (quarantining), if needed.

The UVic Self-isolation Program includes:

For more information, visit the Self-isolation (quarantine) resources and support page. You may also contact us by email at  or by telephone at +1 250 472 4984 if you have any questions.

Step 3. Take a pre-entry COVID-19 test if required, and pre-register for arrival testing
Starting April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children 5 years of age or older must provide a valid pre-entry test result, even if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult. See pre-entry testing (accepted types, timing).

Children who are less than 5 years old are not required to test, regardless of their vaccination status.

You may also be asked to test for COVID-19 upon entry to Canada. To speed up the arrival testing process, we recommend registering in advance with the testing provider for your first point of arrival in Canada. For example, if you fly [country of departure] > Vancouver > Victoria, you should book your arrival test in Vancouver. Make sure to use the same email address you used for your ArriveCAN account.

Step 4. Submit travel information via ArriveCAN

ArriveCAN is the federal government app which you must use to submit travel information such as your self-isolation (quarantine) plan (if required) and proof of vaccination documentation.

  • Download the ArriveCAN app and prepare to fill it out shortly before your trip. After you complete ArriveCAN with your travel details and documents, you will receive a receipt to show the border agent.
  • Using ArriveCAN is mandatory and it is also free! Do not engage with any websites or apps that demand payment for using ArriveCAN. For more information, see use ArriveCAN to enter Canada.
Step 5. Ensure you have the necessary documents for travel

You must carry supporting documents to demonstrate you meet the requirements for entry to Canada.

Please ensure you have the following documents with you for travel:
  • Valid passport, or other accepted travel document
  • Valid temporary resident visa or electronic travel authorization (if required)
  • Valid study permit or letter of introduction that shows you have been approved for a study permit.
  • Valid letter of acceptance from UVic (note: this is also called a study permit information letter)
    • If your study permit information letter has expired, you should request for another one through UVic Online Tools> Online Request Forms. 
    • Please note that this letter takes multiple business days to process, so you should request it well in advance of your travel.
  • Verification of enrolment (VOE) at the University of Victoria for the current or upcoming term
    • As soon as you have course registration with UVic, you will have access to your term-by-term VOE through UVic Online Tools> Online Request Forms.
  • Proof of a valid immigration medical examination (if required)
  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
  • Proof of vaccination, if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller
  • ArriveCAN receipt

If you have any questions about your travel documents, you should connect with an International Student Adviser (ISA) prior to travelling. Please email your questions to .

You should also:

  1. Arrange for appropriate travel insurance, as circumstances and restrictions may change.
  2. Ensure you have appropriate health insurance in place. Most new students are automatically covered for their first term of registration by the plan. Returning students should contact International Centre for Students with questions.

Updated May 2022 🡹