Travelling to Canada by land

If you will be driving to Canada from the United States, ensure that you meet the travel exemptions to travel to Canada, have all the required travel documents in hand, have completed the necessary COVID-19 testing and have submitted your self-isolation plans before you depart.

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

Before you leave for Canada

Before you leave, ensure you have:

  1. All necessary travel and study documents
  2. Made suitable arrangements for self-isolation. For more information, see the self-isolation section of this website.
  3. Completed your ArriveCAN registration, and have a screenshot or printout of the ArriveCAN app receipt, showing self-isolation registration with the Government of Canada.
  4. Taken a COVID-19 test in the United States and have proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure to Canada.

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.

When you arrive at the border to Canada

At the border crossing, 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 the 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 on arrival 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 place of self-isolation
  • Remain in self-isolation for a minimum of 14 days
  • Complete daily check-ins with the Government of Canada using ArriveCAN 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.