Arriving in Canada   

Updated September 16, 2020

When you arrive at the Canadian port of entry (border) there are several things to keep in mind, including holding the appropriate immigration documents reflecting your purpose for coming to Canada. To learn about the general information on travelling to Canada, please visit our website. You will find additional information and measures that are in place due to COVID-19 in the secion below.

What to Expect at the Port of Entry

Additional screening measures are in place at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) for people returning to BC from international locations including the United States by air, land or sea. 

Current measures at YVR require all passengers to wear a face mask. Ensure that your face covering is placed over your nose and mouth prior to entering YVR; face coverings must be worn at all times in the airport. Practice safe physical distancing wherever possible while in jet bridges and aisleways. Follow floor markers and practice physical distancing wherever possible. Have travel documents and health and travel (ArriveCAN) app ready for inspection by officials.

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Expedited Processing Submission Form 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.

For more information click here.

Information regarding additional screening measures taken at YVR can be found on the YVR website, and at the following link: COVID-19 Actions by the CBSA for travellers arriving by air

Read more about safety measures being used at YVR here.

Inspection by Officials

Before considering travelling, all travellers arriving in Canada must plan for their mandatory 14-day self-isolation period, which starts on the date they arrive. Government of Canada representatives will conduct health screenings at the time of entry to Canada and let you know if you need to quarantine or isolate.

You are required to disclose symptoms of COVID-19 in your self-isolation plan. A government official will review your plan.

If your plan is adequate, you will proceed home (or your identified location) via private transportation to quarantine/self-isolate. If you do not have an adequate plan, you will be directed to government-managed accommodation where you can safely complete your 14-day self-isolation.

Crossing By Land From the USA

If you will be entering Canada by land at the US/Canadian border, please see COVID-19 action at CBSA land border crossings website.

Some additional Canada Border Services Agency Links

Transport to Your Accommodation

Once you have cleared Canadian customs and collected your luggage, please proceed directly to your planned/arranged transportation. 

You must travel straight to your self-isolation location from the airport by personal car, taxi or ridesharing. Please ensure that your mode of transportation from the airport to your home is as safe as possible.

Taxis are available at taxi stands located at the International Arrivals area at YVR. To obtain a taxi, you must proceed to the taxi area and wait in line (please respect physical distancing). Please note that due to a decrease in the number of taxis during the pandemic - there might be longer than normal wait times for a taxi. An airport employee is usually on location to manage this process and to direct passengers to appropriate taxis.

As mentioned in the planning for your self-isolation transportation section, ridesharing is also available through Uber and Lyft.