Travelling to Canada: Self-Isolation Guide 

Updated August 30, 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 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)
  • Go through a health screening check upon arrival (including a COVID-19 test)
  • Self-isolate and monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days upon their arrival, and 
  • Complete/register a self-isolation plan.

Starting July 5 at 11:59PM ET (8:59PM PT), 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, if you will arrive after these new measures take effect.

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.