Develop a 14-day COVID-19 Self-Isolation Plan
In the interest of public health, any person arriving from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14 days. Before arriving, you will be required to complete and submit a self-isolation plan whether or not you have symptoms of COVID-19. This plan will outline where and how you, and any immediate family members arriving with you, will self-isolate for 14 days, and will be reviewed by government officials upon your arrival in Canada.
You must be able to show how you can safely obey the law by self-isolating. That means staying home and avoiding situations where you could come in contact with others for 14 days. Please note that you must complete your self-isolation information in both the federal app (ArriveCAN), and a Provincial BC Self-Isolation Form. (More detailed information on these requirements are explained in the following section).
Upcoming changes to travel and quarantine measures
February 12, 2021: In light of recent announcements from the Government of Canada regarding new travel and quarantine measures, the requirements and procedures for entry to Canada are continuing to evolve. This guide will be updated with final details of the requirements and how they impact international students when this is confirmed.
In the meantime, please refer to our COVID-19 Immigration and Travel FAQs for international students, and monitor the Government of Canada website for the most up-to-date information.
Your plan will include:
- Personal information
- Flight/arrival details
- Self-isolation accommodation details – type of accommodation, city, and address
- An outline of arrangements that you have made, or will make, for necessary supplies to be delivered to you (food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, medications, etc.)
- Transportation information – how you plan to get to your self-isolation location from the airport.
Maximum penalties for breaking self-isolation orders include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.
Step 1. Arranging Self-Isolation Accommodation
You must have access to a safe and clean place to stay during your self-isolation period. Although self-isolation in SFU campus residences is not possible, SFU has developed a program package designed to support students who are seeking assistance with accommodations and meals during self-isolation.
Two package options are available from December 7 to March 31, and include accommodations (at a local hotel), or accommodation and meals. Both programs will provide you with a safe and supportive environment, meet necessary Public Health self-isolation guidelines, and will help you feel part of and connected to our community. For more information, and to register for this option, please visit the CARES page.
Students who would like to arrange accommodation on their own (and not participate in CARES) are encouraged to contact local hotels directly. Most hotels are offering specials for students quarantining, you can ask about special rates and protocols that might be in place.
Step 2. Arranging Direct Transportation to Your Place of Self-Isolation
When arriving in Vancouver, you must go directly to your self-isolation location. The self-isolation report that you submit upon arrival to Canada must include information on how you will reach your accommodation.
There are multiple transportation options that you can use. Wearing a mask or face covering will be required during transportation. Use private transportation to get to your place of quarantine, if possible.
Visit SFU’s Leaving the Airport page for more information about your transportation options.
Note that travelers displaying symptoms of COVID-19 after arriving in Canada are not permitted to use public transportation (bus, train, taxi, or ride-sharing service) to travel to their place of isolation. If you have symptoms, you are only allowed to take private transportation (e.g. a personal vehicle) to get to your place of isolation. More information can be found on the Vancouver International Airport website.
Step 3. Arranging Food, Groceries and Other Personal Items
During your 14-day self-isolation, you will not be able to leave your accommodation or interact physically with others. If possible, you must plan for friends or family to deliver food/personal items to you practicing physical distancing. Alternatively, if you have booked a local hotel, and are not participating in the CARES program, you can contact the hotel about possible meal plan options. You must have a valid credit card to make online purchases, and to pay for hotel and food options. Due to COVID-19, many businesses no longer accept cash.
Depending on your personal circumstances, you may wish to order supplies and groceries online to be delivered. Make sure to order basic hygiene supplies such as soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper if these aren’t included with the accommodation you have arranged. As the demand for grocery delivery is on the rise, delivery times can be long or delayed, so make sure you have sufficient supplies for a day or two. Additional information on healthy eating and supporting your immune system during COVID-19 can be found here.
The following are some local and online stores that you may want to consider ordering from during your quarantine.
Please note that these stores are not endorsed by/affiliated with Simon Fraser University, but are simply listed as a resource. SFU assumes no liability for any disputes arising from services noted here.
- Large supermarket, minimum order $40, enter the postal code to see if delivery service is available to that area
- Delivery fee varies
- Large department/grocery store
- Large department/grocery store
- There is a delivery fee of $9.97, minimum order value of $50 (before taxes and fees) to be eligible for grocery delivery
- Large Canadian grocery store specializing in products from Asia
More information on other delivery services can be found here.
Food Delivery Services
Several Vancouver companies will deliver pre-measured ‘meal kits’ which come with all the ingredients needed to prepare the meal yourself. Meals may or may not require cooking. Usually these companies charge a subscription fee, and offer a set number of meals per week.
If you would prefer to order meals from restaurants there are a variety of options. Some of the larger restaurant chains will offer delivery (usually for a fee); many local services also offer delivery.
Each of these service providers drive to the restaurant to pick up your order and deliver to your door at a cost between $2-$5. You can find a list of participating restaurants on sites noted below. Alternatively, specific restaurant websites may direct you to the delivery app that they are affiliated with.
- Skip the Dishes - most popular service in Vancouver
- Fan Tuan - specializing in Asian food delivery
- Uber Eats
Additionally, tiffin services are available at a few local restaurants including: Curry2U, Yogi's kitchen, Ms Tiffin.
In addition to food supplies, recommended items to have on hand during the COVID-19 crisis are listed below. Please note that there is high demand for some of these products, and they may be difficult to find, particularly when you are quarantining. Consider bringing some of these items with you to Canada.
- Medical masks for you and your caregiver (if applicable), or non-medical masks or face covering
- Thermometer (you will need to take your temperature daily during self-isolation or quarantine)
- Paper towels
- Over the counter medication, or any prescription medicines that you may need (pain killers, fever reducer – ie. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Information on rules on travelling with medication and bringing health products into Canada can be found here.
- Alcohol-based sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
- Dish soap
- Hand soap
- Regular laundry soap
- Regular household cleaning products
- Hard-surface disinfectant
- Alcohol prep wipes, or appropriate cleaning products for high touch electronics
Finally, depending on the type of accommodation you choose, you may need to bring (or order) personal items such as towels, sheets, pillows etc. if they are not provided. Please consider ordering these types of items before you arrive. Stores like Walmart, or online retailers such as Amazon provide a variety of household items for delivery.
Download and Complete the Federal ArriveCAN Application (48 hours prior to departure):
This tool is used to collect personal basic information, COVID-19 symptoms, and 14-day ‘quarantine plan.’ To submit your information to the Canadian government, you can download the ArriveCAN app though the App Store, or through Google Play apps:
Travelers arriving by air must submit information through the ArriveCAN app before boarding their flight. Travelers must provide travel and contact information, quarantine plan, and a COVID-19 self-assessment prior to boarding a flight to Canada.
All travelers will also be required to confirm that they have arrived at their isolation/quarantine location within 48 hours, and complete a daily COVID-19 symptom assessment over their quarantine period. This assessment can be completed through the ArriveCAN app, or by calling 1-833-641-0343.
Using the ArriveCAN app will speed up your arrival process in Canada, spending less time with border and health officials. You can submit your information easily and securely through the app within 48 hours before your arrival in Canada.
We also encourage travelers entering Canada at a land border to also fill out their information on the app as they will also be required to submit daily COVID-19 assessments throughout their quarantine period. This can be done easily via the app if travellers submit information via the app prior to entering Canada. Otherwise, travellers will be required to complete a check-in phone call daily.
You may also access ArriveCAN via a web format here.
Complete a BC (Provincial) Self-Isolation Plan
In addition to the federal ArriveCAN app, the BC Provincial Government also requires you to submit a self-isolation plan. This can also be done prior to your arrival in Canada, through their website.
- Step 1: Go to the provincial government site Self Isolation on Return to BC
- Step 2: Click on ‘Submit your self-isolation plan’
- Step 3: Fill in your personal information, travel and arrival information
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Expedited Processing Submission Form
Who is it for?
- It is for students who have been approved for a study permit outside of Canada.
- If you have been approved for a study permit outside of Canada, you will receive your study permit upon arriving at YVR.
What is this for?
- This is an online form you can complete prior to arriving at YVR. Completing this form is optional, however it will expedite the process of issuing your study permit at YVR.
- You can submit the information as early as you wish, but the information must be received at least 72 hours prior to your arrival.
Where can I find the form?
- Click here to access the Expedited Processing Submission Form.