Make a self-isolation plan

As an international traveler, you are required to self-isolate for 14 days after you arrive. This means you have to stay home and avoid all physical contact with others. When you arrive in British Columbia, you will have to submit a self-isolation plan. This is a legal commitment to self-isolate and is enforceable under the Public Health Act.

Your self-isolation plan must state:

  • where you will stay
  • how you will get there (it can’t be on public transit)
  • how you will get your groceries
  • how you access essential services and medical care

Once you arrive in BC, a government official will assess your self-isolation plan. If your plan is adequate, you will proceed to your destination by private transportation.  

If you do not have an adequate self-isolation plan or you show symptoms of COVID-19, you will be directed to government-managed accommodation where you can safely complete your 14-day self-isolation.

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Pre-arrival package

UCW has created a Pre-Arrival Package so students can prepare for their journey to Canada and UCW. The package includes information you need to know before you leave, while in transit and once you arrive.

Pre-arrival Package

Accommodations resources for UCW students*

If you don’t already have somewhere where you can self-isolate, these Vancouver hotels offer special rates for UCW students. Please note that students booking directly with the hotels for these special rates are NOT eligible to receive the $650 hotel voucher. Only hotels booked through are eligible. Read more about the Hotel Vouchers here.

  • All prices are subject to tax.
  • These hotels include free Wi-Fi. Every hotel except the Ramada Limited includes a mini-fridge at no extra charge.
  • If you’re self-isolating, hotels will require you to stay in your room. Hotel staff, including housekeeping, won’t be allowed to enter your room.
Other conditions include:
  • Students must have a Letter of Acceptance from UCW for the Fall 2020 Term and an approved visa/study permit;
  • The voucher is for hotel use only and only valid for hotels booked through;
  • Students who do not complete four terms at UCW will be required to pay back the $650;
  • The voucher is not transferrable to other students;
  • Students who need to change or cancel a booking need to contact directly and pay any additional fees; and
  • Only one voucher is allowed per student.

Download the Hotel Voucher Application Form here.

In addition to the hotel voucher, UCW’s Student Affairs team will contact students to check on their mental and physical wellbeing, and provide them with online social, wellness and entertainment activities. 

Any questions can be emailed to

Local food and grocery delivery services*

There are many websites and apps available to order food and groceries in Vancouver. Here are just a few:

Restaurant delivery:

Grocery delivery:

Use of these links to websites for facilities offering local accommodation linked to, and from this site, are operated by organizations outside of UCW (“external service providers”). These links are being provided solely for your convenience and for informational purposes only.  While we have attempted to provide links to reputable external service providers of accommodation for the covid-19 quarantine period, provision of these links does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by UCW of any of the accommodation or services provided by these external service providers.  UCW, its employees, servants, agents, successors, administrators, assigns, and contractors do not assume and are not responsible for any injury, loss, damage or any liability whatsoever for the student’s use of these linked websites or the accommodation and related services provided by these external service providers.

What to do if you’re feeling sick

While you’re self-isolating, you should be watching out for symptoms of COVID-19. These include:

  • fever/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath

If you have symptoms, you should get tested for COVID-19 by a healthcare provider or at a local collection centre. HealthLink BC recommends testing for anyone with cold or flu symptoms.

If you don’t have symptoms, you don’t need to be tested. If you are unsure if you should get tested, use this online assessment tool or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1.

If you develop symptoms, you must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started or 14 days from when you started self-isolation, whichever is longer. 

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