Arriving in Canada   

Updated March 15, 2021

When you arrive at the Canadian port of entry (border) there are several things to keep in mind, including holding the appropriate immigration documents. For 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 section below.

What to Expect at the Port of Entry

Upon arrival at the port of entry (e.g., airport or land border crossing) to Canada, you will go through a health screening check. As of February 22, this check will include a COVID-19 test. A border services officer will also assess your eligibility to enter Canada under the current travel restrictions and make a final decision on whether to allow entry.

If you are allowed to enter Canada you may then proceed to your place of quarantine (or to your hotel, for air travellers subject to the mandatory three-day hotel stopover).

You will also be given instructions on taking another COVID-19 test toward the end of your 14-day quarantine period. Further information and instructions will be provided to you by Public Health officials upon arrival into Canada.

For more information about what to expect at the Canadian port of entry (airport or land border crossing), please visit the CBSA website. You can also find some general arrival information on our International Student Advising and Programs website.

Submitting information via ArriveCAN after arrival 

After Arriving in Canada, You Must:

  • report your arrival at your place of quarantine or isolation within 48 hours of entering Canada using ArriveCAN or by calling 1-833-641-0343, and 
  • complete and submit a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during your quarantine period using one of the above methods (ArriveCAN or phone)
  • Answer any calls from 1-855-906-5585 and answer all questions truthfullly -- government officials may call you from this number to ensure you are complying with your mandatory quarantine
    • You may also receive a visit from a designated screening officer to confirm your compliance

Air Travellers: Mandatory Hotel Stay

For information about what to expect during your mandatory three-night hotel stay, including check-out procedures (which will vary depending on your test result), visit the Government of Canada website on this topic.

If you test negative during your three-night hotel stay, you may proceed to your place of quarantine for the remainder of the 14-day period.

If you test positive, you will be required to isolate in either a federal designated quarantine facility or another suitable location for the remainder of the 14-day period. You will be given instructions on this in the event of a positive test result.

Completing your post-arrival COVID-19 test and ending your quarantine

Near the end of your 14-day quarantine period you must undergo another COVID-19 test, following the instructions you were given at the port of entry. You will be responsible for covering any associated costs for this test.

You must continue to quarantine until you get a negative test result. If you test positive, you will need to isolate for an additional 14 days starting from when the test was taken and will need to contact your local public health authority for guidance. 

For more information, see the Government of Canada website on testing to end your quarantine.

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.

Crossing By Land From the USA

If you will be entering Canada by land at the US/Canadian border, please see these Canada Border Services Agency links:

Transport to Your Accommodation

Arriving by Air

After receiving a negative COVID-19 test result, you will be permitted to check out of your hotel and proceed to your self-isolation location. You must go directly to your place of quarantine without delay and stay there for 14 days.

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.

Arriving at a Land Border

After completing testing and screening requirements at the border you will be permitted to proceed to your quarantine location. While you travel, you must wear a non-medical mask and practice physical distancing at all times.

Avoid stops and contact with others while in transit to quarantine:

  • Use a private vehicle if possible
  • Remain in the vehicle as much as possible
  • Pay at the pump for gas and use drive through when you need food
  • Wear a suitable non-medical mask at all times unless you are alone in a private vehicle