Arriving in Canada   

Updated December 18, 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. 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

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 at all times in the airport, and your mask must cover your nose and mouth.

  • 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.

Travelers must show their ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry to Canada. A border official will verify that your information has been submitted digitally. 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 may be taken or directed to an accommodation site to begin isolation while outstanding details are put in place.

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 go directly to your place of quarantine without delay and stay there for 14 days from the date you arrived in Canada.

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.

Anyone 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.