Entrance and self-isolation requirements for international students

Entrance and self-isolation requirements for international students

International students with valid study permits ­– or who were approved for study permits on or before March 18, 2020 – are allowed to enter Canada. Please note that it is up to the discretion of the border agent to approve entry into Canada.

While travelling, you will need to pass two health checks: first, by the airline before you board your flight, and then again when you enter Canada. If you show symptoms of COVID-19, you will not be able to board your flight.

To enter the country, you must also have a plan to self-isolate (self-quarantine) for 14 days, even if you don’t have symptoms. If you received approval for your study permit after March 18, 2020, you won’t be allowed to enter Canada.

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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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Self-isolation resources for UCW students*

 
Accommodations

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 Hotels.com are eligible. Read more about the Hotel Vouchers here.

Note: All prices are subject to tax.

GEC (two locations): 

 

Ramada Limited Vancouver Downtown

  • 435 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Free breakfast to-go bag daily
  • Mini-fridges available upon request, for a fee
  • Rate: $79 per night
  • To book, email info@ramadadowntownvancouver.com and request the "University Canada West Special Rate."
 

Executive Hotel

  • 1379 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Rate: $95 per night
  • To book, email sandy@executivehotels.net and state that you are a UCW student needing accommodation to self-isolate.
 

Le Soleil

  • 567 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Rate: $95 per night
  • To book, email sandy@executivehotels.net and state that you are a UCW student needing accommodation to self-isolate.
 

Blue Horizon Hotel

  • 1225 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Rate: $99 per night for students staying for more than ten nights
  • To book, email info@bluehorizonhotel.com and state that you are a UCW student needing accommodation to self-isolate.

Coast Coal Harbour

  • 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Rate: $130 per night
  • Food & Beverage: Hotel will provide discounted rates of $10 for breakfast, $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner, subject to applicable taxes and fees. 
  •  To book, visit their website. Discount code: ucanwest
 

Sheraton Vancouver Airport

  • 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond
  • UCW rate: $139 per night
  • Languages Canada rate (limited availability): $100 per night
  • Price includes complimentary one-way taxi (guest to pay taxi and show receipt upon arrival at front desk and hotel will credit taxi cost back to room), parking and 25% Discount on Laundry.
  • To book the UCW rate, visit their website
  • To book the Languages Canada rate, email reservations@sheratonvancouverairport.com and be sure to include "Languages Canada" in the subject line.
 

Hilton Vancouver Airport

  • 5911 Minoru Blvd, Richmond
  • Languages Canada rate (limited availability): $100 per night
  • Price includes complimentary one-way taxi (guest to pay taxi and show receipt upon arrival at front desk and hotel will credit taxi cost back to room), parking and 25% Discount on Laundry.
  • To book the Languages Canada rate, email YVRAH-Reserv@hilton.com and be sure to include "Languages Canada" in the subject line.
 

Marriot Vancouver Airport

  • 7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond
  • Rates: $100 per night
  • Price includes complimentary one-way taxi (guest to pay taxi and show receipt upon arrival at front desk and hotel will credit taxi cost back to room), parking and 25% Discount on Laundry.
  • To book, email Reservations@vancouver-marriott.com and be sure to include "Languages Canada" in the subject line.
 

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport

  • 7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond
  • UCW rate: $109 per night
  • Languages Canada rate (limited availability): $89 per night
  • Price includes complimentary local calls, parking and airport shuttle. Junior Suites feature separate living room area, in-room safe, microwave, mini-fridge, and in-room coffee maker.
  • To book the Languages Canada rate, email dos.richmond@executivehotels.net and be sure to include "Languages Canada" in the subject line.
  • To book the UCW rate, email reservations@executivehotel.net and include University Canada West in the subject line. Be sure to include hotel location when booking.
 

Executive Suites Hotel Metro Vancouver

  • 4201 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
  • Rate: $100 per night
  • Price includes kitchenette including mini-fridge and microwave. Also included are continental breakfast, complimentary local calls, in-house daily meal delivery option, complimentary parking and airport transfer credit.
  • To book,  email reservations@executivehotel.net and include University Canada West in the subject. Be sure to include hotel location when booking.
 

Executive Hotel Vintage Park

  • 1379 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Rate: $150 per night
  • Price includes flatscreen TV, mini-fridge, microwave, sink counter with dinnerware. Also included are continental breakfast, complimentary local calls and in-house daily meal delivery option.
  • To book, email reservations@executivehotel.net and include University Canada West in the subject. Be sure to include hotel location when booking.
 

Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver

  • 405 North Road, Coquitlam
  • Rate: $100 per night
  • Price includes flatscreen TV, mini-fridge, microwave, sink counter with dinnerware. Also included are continental breakfast, complimentary local calls and in-house daily meal delivery option.
  • To book, email reservations@executivehotel.net and include University Canada West in the subject. Be sure to include hotel location when booking.
 

Sandman Vancouver Airport Hotel

  • 3233 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
  • UCW rate: $79 per night
  • Languages Canada rate (limited availability): $55 per night
  • Price includes complimentary one way taxi fare from airport to hotel. Rooms feature microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee maker. 
  • To book UCW rate, email res_richmond@sandman.ca quote Unviersity Canada West #899687
  • To book Languages Canada rate, email dos_vancouver@sandman.net and include  "Languages Canada #898537" in the subject.
 

Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre

  • 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Rate: $69 per night
  • Features rooms with mini fridges and microwaves. Complimentary taxi fare one way from airport to hotel. Housekeeping – no contact. Guests will be provided with extra linens and towels. Refresh and waste removal will be conducted outside the guest room door upon request.
  • To book, email mod_vancouver@sandman.ca and include "University Canada West #1168929" in the subject.
 

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

  • 1000 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Rate: $159 per night
  • Price includes local and toll free calls, as needed and special services upon request. Upgrade to corner suite for rate of $219 / $235 including breakfast
  • To book, email reservations@wallcentre.com. Be sure to include hotel location when booking.
 

The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport

  • 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond
  • Rate: $129 per night
  • Price includes local and toll free calls, complimentary press reader with access to thousands of newspaper and magazines. Housekeeping as needed and special services upon request
  • To book, email reservations@wallcentre.com. Be sure to include hotel location when booking.

 

Please note: 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.

 

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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