Planning your travel to Canada

To be granted entry to Canada, you must meet the travel exemptions to travel to Canada. You will need to ensure you have the appropriate travel and study documentation in hand, have completed the necessary COVID-19 testing and have registered your self-isolation plans.

Documentation requirements

Students may not travel to Canada for their studies without the necessary documentation. Please ensure you have the following valid (i.e. non-expired) documents:

  • Passport, or other accepted travel document
  • Temporary resident visa or electronic travel authorization (if required)
  • Study permit or letter of introduction that shows you are approved for a study permit. An approval-in-principle is not sufficient for travel.
  • Letter of acceptance (study permit information letter). A letter of acceptance can be ordered from UVic through My Page.
  • Verification of enrolment at the University of Victoria. A verification of enrolment letter can be ordered from UVic through My Page.

As well as:

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure to Canada.
  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.

Travel arrangements

Do not make travel arrangements until you have been approved for a study permit by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Once your have been approved, ensure you:

  1. Follow the guidelines and requirements when making arrangements. The requirements depend on your method of travel to Canada. For more information, see:
  2. Arrange for appropriate travel insurance, as circumstances and restrictions may change.
  3. Ensure you have appropriate health insurance in place. New students are automatically covered for their first term of registration by the guard.me@UVic plan. Returning students should contact International Student Services with questions.
  4. Register your self-isolation plans prior to departure. For more information, see the self-isolation section of this website.