As the pandemic keeps evolving, regulations keep shifting, too. This page describes some of what you need to know, including COVID-related steps after you arrive.
Note: All infographics on this page are linked to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Always check the IRCC links, as they will have the most current information.
Important updates for travelling to Canada
This information was last updated on April 9, 2022. Travel restrictions, resting and quarantine requirements may change without notice.
For information specific to UFV, visit Return to campus.
March 17 - Government of Canada will remove pre-entry test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers on April 1
Effective April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Fully vaccinated travellers seeking to arrive in Canada before April 1, 2022, must still have a valid pre-entry test.
February 15 - Government of Canada lightens border measures as part of transition of the pandemic response
As of February 28, 2022
- Travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may be randomly selected for arrival testing. If selected, travellers will not be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.
Fully vaccinated travellers will now have the option of using a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result (taken the day prior to their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) or a molecular test result (taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) to meet pre-entry requirements.
Before you travel to Canada
1. Ensure that you are fully vaccinated.
2. Develop a quarantine plan before you travel.
3. Use the ArriveCAN app to submit your travel and quarantine plans.
4. Use the iCent app to submit your travel and quarantine details to UFV. You can find the form under the Mandatory forms icon.
Entering Canada by land or air during COVID-19
Get the latest IRCC information for people arriving in Canada by land or air.
Reduce wait times at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the YVR Airport Authority are testing a project to expedite processing for students at YVR. If you want, you can choose to submit some of your information before you travel.
To participate in this optional service, you must:
- Have a Port of Entry letter of introduction that says you have been approved for a study permit.
- Enter Canada by air, arriving first at YVR.
- Submit your information through the form at least 72 hours before arrival at YVR.
Note: This process does not replace any of the usual procedures for entering Canada.
When you arrive in Canada
Canadian immigration checkpoint
Be ready to present the following to the Canadian Border Services agent:
- Proof of vaccination
- Quarantine plans
- ArriveCan receipt
Canadian customs checkpoint
You need to bring the following documents with you for Canadian customs:
- A valid passport
- A study permit or port of entry letter of introduction (study permit approval)
- A copy of your official letter of acceptance from the University of the Fraser Valley
- Confirmation of enrollment
- ArriveCan receipt
- All other documentation required by IRCC, including your Financial Guarantee
After you arrive in Canada
- Wear a mask.
- Answer eligibility and health screening questions including quarantine plans.
- Provide the required information and documents.
- Take a COVID-19 molecular test if randomly selected.
- Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from any country aren’t required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.
- You can take connecting flights and trains without waiting for your arrival test results.
If your arrival test is negative:
- Follow local public health measures
- Wear a well-fitted mask when in public spaces for the first 14 days after your entry
- Maintain a list of all close contacts and locations you visit for your first 14 days in Canada
- Monitor yourself for signs and symptoms
- Keep copies of your proof of vaccination and pre-arrival tests for 14 days
If you are fully vaccinated and your test is positive:
- You must isolate for 10 days
- report your test results and/or symptoms to PHAC by calling 1-833-641-0343
- More information is available HERE.
UFV Student Services have been operating online or via the telephone through much of the pandemic. We may continue with remote only, or we may open up to in-person visits, depending on the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Either way, we are always available. See what Student Services has to offer, and how to reach us.
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