Travelling to Canada: Self-Isolation Guide 

Updated November 25, 2021

This guide will assist any new and returning international students who are currently outside of Canada, and plan to travel to BC to return to studies*. The government of Canada requires that anyone entering Canada self-quarantine, unless exempt, under the Quarantine Act. Any student arriving from outside of Canada must:

  • Present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure to Canada (or if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19, you may instead provide proof of a positive result for a test conducted between 14 and 180 days prior to your entry to Canada or your scheduled flight)
  • Complete/register a travel and self-isolation plan with ArriveCAN
  • Go through a health screening check upon arrival (including a COVID-19 test) and,
  • Self-isolate and monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days upon their arrival

Fully vaccinated travellers who meet certain criteria may be exempt from the requirement to quarantine. However, all travellers (regardless of vaccination status) will still be required to have a suitable 14-day quarantine plan in place upon arrival. Please visit the Government of Canada website for more information

*Starting January 15, 2022, international students 18 years of age and older will only be allowed to enter Canada if they qualify as fully vaccinated.

Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated international students will no longer be allowed to enter Canada as of that date. For details on this new requirement as well as limited exceptions, see the Backgrounder from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

If you do not qualify as fully vaccinated, you may be allowed to enter Canada until January 14, 2022 under the current exemption for study permit holders; however you will be subject to quarantine, pre-arrival and post-arrival testing requirements.

The global health crisis caused by COVID-19 has created unusual circumstances for students starting or returning to studies in Canada. Even though we aren’t there in person to meet and welcome you, we have a team of dedicated staff who are available to support students throughout their self-isolation period and beyond. Advisors are also available if you need support in completing the required isolation plans or understanding and using the information in this guide. Please do not hesitate to reach out to

SFU is following all Orders declared by Provincial Health Officers; regular monitoring of Orders and public health guidance will be part of SFU’s routine operations; and plans, protocols, and processes will be updated routinely to reflect the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.