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

Updated September 22, 2020

4-step guide to planning 14-day isolation plan

In the interest of public health, any person arriving from outside of Canada is required to quarantine for 14 days. Before arriving in Canada, 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 co-arriving immediate family members 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 fill in 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). 

Your plan will include:

  • Personal information
  • Flight/arrival details
  • Self-isolation accommodation details – type of accommodation, city, and address
  • 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

Making sure that you have access to a safe and clean place to stay during your self-isolation period is very important. Please note that due to the communal nature of rooms at SFU Residence, self-isolation in campus residences is not possible. You must arrange for alternate accommodation for the two-week period after arriving. This could be a hotel, or a separate room within the home of friends or family.

If you do not have pre-arranged accommodation for isolation, the following chart provides hotel options located close to the SFU Burnaby campus, downtown Vancouver, and the airport. If you are travelling and isolating with friends or family, you may want to consider booking at one of the all-suites hotels, which provide a separate living space. 

Students who wish to book one of the participating Burnaby, Vancouver or Richmond hotels must:

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

Burnaby Area Hotels

Vancouver & Richmond Hotels

Burnaby Area Hotels




Booking Procedure

Accent Inn Burnaby


  • Kitchenette in most rooms
  • Exterior entry to rooms (no hallways)

Contact Sally Chan, Director of Sales, 250-940-0845, or by email

Holiday Inn Express


  • Microwave and mini fridge in all rooms
  • Large TV with streaming capability
  • Hot continental breakfast included

Call Lorri Schafer, Director of Sales 604—629-5173 or email to book.

Executive Suites Hotel Metro Vancouver (Burnaby)


  • All-suite hotel with kitchenettes in most rooms
  • Continental breakfast included
  • In house daily meal option

When reserving to get the preferred rate quote: Booking ID 29692

Contact Bek Shamsiev, Director of Sales at 604-297-2111, or email:

Rebate from Tourism Burnaby

Tourism Burnaby is extending a rebate offer of a one-time $100 dollars per student for a minimum 14-night stay at its partner hotels. This rebate will support students and institutions with costs such as transportation and other expenses. 

Below are guidelines of the rebate: 

  • 14-night stay would need to be at one of the above Tourism Burnaby’s partner Burnaby hotels 
  • Rebate would be deducted from final hotel invoice 
  • Offer is valid for a limited time and availability is subject to change based on demand 
  • Tourism Burnaby will need to be notified of the student’s stay at a partner hotel stay prior to the rebate being confirmed 
  • Rebate offer is valid for confirmed post-secondary institutions only.

Vancouver & Richmond Hotels

The following hotels are options for you if you are looking for a room in the Vancouver area, or near the airport.




Booking Procedure

Exchange Hotel (Vancouver Downtown)


  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Personal in room Crave tablet


Le Soleil Hotel (Vancouver Downtown)


  • All suites hotel – separate bedroom and seating areas
  • Complimentary wi-fi
  • Coffee Maker
  • In-room dining
  • 2 TV’s – one in lounge, one in bedroom


Hilton – Vancouver Airport


Book here or email

Travelodge – Vancouver Airport


  • Grab & Go Breakfast included
  • Lunch + Dinner options available with Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes or Door Dash
  • In Room Mini fridges & Microwave
  • Hi-Speed Wi-Fi

Accent Inns Vancouver airport 


  • Kitchenette rooms and suites with kitchenettes available.
  • Suites with kitchenette available for families at $100/night. 

Contact Sally Chan, Director of Sales, 250-940-0845, or by email

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

When arriving in Vancouver, remember that you must go directly to your self-isolation location for 14 days. The self-isolation report that you submit upon arrival to Canada must include information on how you will reach your accommodation. You must travel straight to your place of isolation by personal car, taxi, or ridesharing. 

  • Taxis - available at taxi stands located in the arrivals area of the airport
  • Ridesharing - Uber or Lyft 
  • Beatons Meet and Greet: student shuttle service that must be booked in advance

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.

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 are staying at one of the above-mentioned hotels, you can contact them about available meal plans. It is important that you have a valid credit card to make online purchases, and to pay for hotel and food options. Due to COVID-19, many businesses are no longer accepting cash. 

Depending on your personal circumstances, it might be helpful to order supplies and groceries (food items etc.) 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, often delivery times can be long or delayed, therefore, it is important to ensure you have enough food to last that will not go bad in the short term. 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 companies are not endorsed by/affiliated with Simon Fraser University. The information is listed as a resource for students looking for food delivery services. Simon Fraser University assumes no liability for any disputes arising from services advertised here.


  • Large supermarket, minimum order $40, enter your postal code to see if delivery service is available in your 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

There are several companies in Vancouver that will deliver pre-measured ‘meal kits.’ These kits come with all of the ingredients needed to prepare the meal yourself. Some will deliver you prepared meals, and others you will need to cook yourself. Usually these companies charge customers a subscription charge 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). However, there are many local services that will also offer you delivery. 

Each of these service providers drive to the restaurant to pick up your order and deliver to your door (charge usually between $2-5). You can find a list of participating restaurants on the different sites below, or alternatively, when you go to a specific restaurant site – they may forward 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)
  • Disposable paper towels
  • Tissues
  • 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 will be staying in, 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 4. Submit your Pre-Arrival Information

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.’ This information is used to help contain COVID-19 in Canada.

To submit your information to the Canadian Government, you can download the ArriveCAN app though the App Store, or through Google Play apps:

Using the 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. (Detailed information on downloading the app and example screenshots of process are outlined in Appendix A). 

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.