Upon arrival


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At the port of entry – immigration documents

When you arrive at the port of entry to Canada, a border agent will assess your eligibility to enter Canada under the current travel restrictions and make a final decision on whether to allow entry. If you were approved for a new study permit from outside Canada, your study permit will also be issued (printed) at this time.

Make sure to check your study permit when it is issued to you, to ensure all the details are correct and the appropriate conditions have been imposed.

  • Check that all details in the client information section are correct.
  • If you are a full-time student at UVic, make sure your study permit includes a statement that you “may work” or “may accept employment”. If it does not, this can significantly delay your ability to begin working in Canada.

If you notice any errors on your documents, request changes before you leave Immigration. Be prepared to demonstrate your eligibility to work (for example, by showing the officer a Verification of Enrollment from UVic confirming your full-time student status), if needed.

IMPORTANT:

  • Currently, most international students 18 years and older are only allowed to enter Canada if they are fully vaccinated. 
  • Only minor students (under 18 years old) or those who qualify for other limited exemptions can enter as unvaccinated travellers.
  • If you plan to enter Canada as an unvaccinated student, please contact us at  so we can provide you with further information and support.
Arrival testing requirements

Fully vaccinated travellers (check if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller) may be randomly selected for an arrival test. To speed up the arrival testing process, we recommend registering in advance with the testing provider for the airport you will arrive at. 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.

If you are allowed entry to Canada as an unvaccinated or partially vaccinated traveller (for example, you are under 18 or qualify for other limited exemptions to the vaccination requirement), you will be required to take an arrival (Day 1) COVID-19 test and a Day 8 test. To speed up the arrival testing process, register in advance with the testing provider for the airport you will arrive at. 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.

Self-isolation (quarantine) requirements on arrival

If you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you likely will not have to self-isolate (quarantine) upon arrival to Canada. Check if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller and make sure that your vaccine, timing of your second dose, and proof of vaccination document all meet the requirements. The final decision about whether or not you must quarantine will be made by the border agent when you enter Canada. Please follow all instructions from government officials when you arrive.

If you are allowed to enter Canada as an unvaccinated traveller, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days. See Planning your travel for more information.

Daily check-ins

If you are required for any reason to quarantine upon entry, even for a short time, you must submit a UVic online daily check-in form every day until you are permitted to leave. You may also have to check in on the ArriveCAN app. Always follow the instructions you are given at the border.

Other requirements on arrival

Although the Government of Canada no longer requires fully vaccinated travellers to follow certain measures for the 14 days following entry into Canada, you may still wish to follow them. These include:

  • masking while in public spaces;
  • monitoring and reporting if you develop signs or symptoms;
  • quarantining if another traveller in the same travel group exhibits signs or symptoms or tests positive; and
  • maintaining a list of close contacts and locations visited

For more information, review: Additional easing of border measures effective April 25.

Children or dependents

If you are travelling with children and/or unvaccinated adult dependents, please visit the Government of Canada website for specific guidance on requirements after entry.


Updated May 2022🡹