Develop a 14-day COVID-19 Self-Isolation Plan

Updated August 26, 2021

In the interest of public health, some travellers will be required to take a COVID-19 test at their port of entry. When you enter Canada, you'll be instructed to either take an arrival test at the border, or receive a home test kit. Travellers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may not have to take an arrival COVID-19 test, unless randomly selcted at the airport.

If you don’t qualify as fully vaccinated, you will also get a kit to use on Day-8 of your mandatory quarantine.

Starting July 5, 2021 at 11:59PM ET (8:59PM PT), travellers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who meet specific criteria will be exempt from certain quarantine and post-arrival testing requirements. However, all travellers regardless of vaccination status will still be required to have a suitable 14-day quarantine plan upon arrival. Please visit the Government of Canada website for more details, if you will arrive after these new measures take effect. Vaccination is not required in order to legally enter Canada.

Before arriving, you will be also 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. This is required regardless of vaccination status.

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 the federal app (ArriveCAN). (More detailed information on this requirement is explained in the following section). 

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/hotel.

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.

To be eligible for the CARES program, you must be a registered SFU or FIC student, and be currently enrolled in classes. Package options are available that include accommodations (at a local hotel), and/or meals. The CARES program 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. Please note we ask that you register for a CARES program package at least 10 days prior to travelling once your travel dates are finalized. 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. Many hotels are offering specials for students quarantining, you can ask about special rates and protocols that might be in place.

Discover Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey hotels.

You should also pre-register for arrivals testing to expedite your arrival process:

If you decide to book accommodation on your own:

  • Contact each hotel directly and identify yourself as an SFU student, and;
  • notify SFU of your self- isolation plans here.
  • Alternatively, you can email

Step 2. Arranging Direct Transportation to Your Place of Self-Isolation

If you are required to quarantine when arriving in Vancouver, remember that 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 to get to your accommodations. 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 that may be due to COVID-19, 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.

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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.


Save-on Foods

  • Large supermarket, minimum order $40, enter the postal code to see if delivery service is available to that area
  • Delivery fee varies

Real Canadian Superstore (order through Instacart)

  • 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

T&T Supermarket (order through Instacart)

  • Large Canadian grocery store specializing in products from Asia

More information on other delivery services can be found here.

Food Delivery Services

Meal Kits – Delivered

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.

Take out/away

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.

Additionally, tiffin services are available at a few local restaurants including: Curry2U, Yogi's kitchen, Ms Tiffin.

Personal Items

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
  • Tissues
  • Over the counter medication, or any prescription medicines that you may need (pain killers, fever reducer – i.e., 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.

Step 5. Submit your Pre-Arrival Information

Download and Complete the Federal ArriveCAN Application (72 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:

All Travelers arriving to Canada must submit information through the ArriveCAN app before boarding their flight. Travelers must provide travel and contact information, quarantine plan, proof of vaccine if applicable, and a COVID-19 self-assessment prior to boarding a flight to Canada.

Ongoing Monitoring*

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.

*This does not apply does not apply to those who are exempt from quarantine

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 72 hours before your arrival in Canada

You may also access ArriveCAN via a web format here.

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.