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.

GEC (two locations)  

Ramada Limited Vancouver Downtown

  • 435 W. Pender St.
  • Free breakfast to-go bag daily
  • Mini-fridges available upon request, for a fee
  • Rate: $89 per night, plus tax
  • To book, email info@ramadadowntownvancouver.com and request the "University Canada West Special Rate."

Executive Hotel

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

Le Soleil

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

Blue Horizon Hotel

  • 1225 Robson St.
  • Rate: $99 per night, plus tax, 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.

Please note: These hotels include free WiFi. 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

 

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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