Travelling to Canada by air

Flights from India and Pakistan
As of April 22, 2021, at 11:30 pm ET, Canada is suspending flights from India and Pakistan. Travel restrictions may change with little warning. Read the news release for more details.

If you will be flying to Canada, ensure that you meet the travel exemptions to travel to Canada, have all the required travel documents in hand, have completed the necessary COVID testing and have submitted your self-isolation plans before you leave.

For a summary of steps, refer to the Entering Canada by air during COVID-19 information sheet and checklist from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Making travel arrangements

When booking flights, ensure your plans account for the necessary self-isolation requirements:

  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance and review cancellation policies, as circumstances and restrictions may change.
  • Book your flight to one of the four Canadian airports receiving international flights.
  • Self-isolate in a government authorized hotel in the city in which you first arrive in Canada.
    • Travellers must arrange a three night, pre-paid booking 48 hours in advance of travelling to Canada by calling 1-613-830-2992 (collect outside of North America), 1-800-294-8253 (toll free within North America).
    • You are required to pay for the full cost of their stay and associated costs.
    • You must remain in isolation at the hotel until receiving 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 quarantine at your planned location. You will need to arrange for transportation, including domestic flights, and suitable accommodation for your remaining self-isolation.

Before you leave for Canada

Before you leave, ensure you have:

  1. All necessary travel and study documents.
  2. Completed your ArriveCAN registration, and have a screenshot or printout of the ArriveCAN app receipt, showing self-isolation registration with the Government of Canada.
  3. Your proof of COVID-19 testing and results

You should also ensure you have multiple face masks or coverings, an adequate supply of hand sanitizer, and any other essentials for your travel to Canada.

Before you board your flight

To board a flight to Canada, you will be expected to present:

You will not be permitted to board an airplane to Canada if you do not have the necessary documents or cannot produce a negative COVID-19 test result.

When you arrive at the port of entry to Canada

On arrival to Canada, you will be greeted by a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Officer. Be prepared to present:

  • Your travel and study documents
  • Confirmation that you are attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. The University of Victoria meets both these criteria and your study permit information letter and verification of enrollment can be used to demonstrate that you are attending UVic.
  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
  • A screenshot or printout of the ArriveCAN app receipt, showing self-isolation registration with the Government of Canada. For more information, see the ArriveCAN site.
  • Your proof of COVID-19 testing and results

The CBSA officer will make the final decision on whether you’re eligible to enter Canada. Before permitting entry, an officer will:

  1. Review your reason for travelling to Canada.
  2. Assess your ability to complete the required 14-day self-isolation and either study online during your self-isolation, or have time to complete your self-isolation before you physically attend classes.
  3. Conduct an additional COVID-19 molecular test and issue a test kit for use during your self-isolation.

Once you have entered Canada

Self-isolation is mandatory for travellers to Canada, even for people with no symptoms. Once you have been granted entry to Canada, you must:

  • Proceed directly to your booked government-authorized hotel
  • Remain in self-isolation for a minimum of 14 days
  • Complete daily check-ins with the Government of Canada and the University of Victoria
  • Complete the COVID-19 test kit, as directed by the government official

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