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Travel to Canada

Before you travel to Canada, you must have an arrival plan. You must use the ArriveCAN mobile app or sign in on a computer to enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine, and travel information 72 hours before you arrive. 

Understand and plan for medical insurance in Canada

As an international student, you need to have medical insurance while you are in Canada. We will enrol you in a private plan ( to cover the first three months of your studies. This coverage begins on the first day of the first month of your semester (e.g., September 1 for the fall semester).

If your study permit is valid for six months or more, you must enrol in the mandatory B.C. Medical Services Plan (MSP) within your first 10 days of arriving in B.C.

Enrol in MSP

If you plan to arrive before the first day of the first month of the semester, you must purchase Early Arrival insurance from

Get Early Arrival Insurance

Learn more about required medical insurance.

Arrange for your permits and visas

If you are a new student, see Apply for study permits and visas.

If you are currently a student, see Immigration: Updating study permits and visas.

Learn about coming to Canada during COVID-19

Before you confirm your travel plans, be sure you fully understand our Coming to Canada during the pandemic information. Use it to:

  • Determine your eligibility to travel to Canada.
  • Find resources.
  • Stay up to date with the most recent Government of Canada travel requirements.
  • Create your pre-travel plan.

You will also learn about:

  • Submitting a quarantine plan to the government (required) using the ArriveCan app (see below).
  • Using the iCent app (see below) to submit your travel/quarantine details to UFV (required).
  • What to expect at the airport, and a documentation checklist.

Get the ArriveCan app

Use the ArriveCAN app to provide mandatory travel information on and after your entry to Canada.

Get the iCent app

Use the iCent app to provide mandatory travel information on and after your entry to Canada.


Travel options from the airport to UFV 

After you have passed through customs and immigration and completed any required COVID-19 testing at Vancouver International Airport (YVR), you will need to go directly to your place of residency in Canada. You can use public transportation to get to your place of residence. While using public transportation, you must wear a mask. You can review the transportation options at YVR on their website .

Upon request, UFV can also arrange for Language Limousine Airport Service to meet you at the airport and take you to your quarantine location. This service has to be booked in advance. To arrange your transportation and book in advance click here


Tell us about your travel plans at least 14 days before you travel

A minimum 14 days before you travel, you must advise us of your travel plans using the iCent app.

Learn how to use the iCent app.

Related resources

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