Self-Isolation Do's and Don'ts

When arriving from international travel, or if you have come in contact with a person with COVID-19, you must self-isolate (even if you don’t have symptoms). This does not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19, but rather that you are at risk of contracting the virus and unintentionally passing it on to others. For more information, read this COVID-19 self-isolation checklist

Stay connected with SFU. You are welcome to keep in contact with SFU by contacting One of our staff members will be assigned to students registered in the Self-isolation Program and regularly contact students throughout the isolation period.  Students must be responsive to contact (phone or email) from SFU.


  • Stay home for 14 days - attend classes/meetings online, use food delivery services, or online shopping.
  • Protect others - wash your hands frequently, wear a mask in all common/shared spaces and cough into your arm
  • Keep in contact with your friends and loved ones - set aside some time for a phone call or schedule a virtual dinner.
  • Get creative to prevent boredom.
  • Monitor yourself (and your family if applicable) for symptoms - visit the BC CDC website for more details.
  • Continue to exercise at home.


  • Don’t go to your classes, work or other public areas (e.g. mall, fitness centre, place of worship)
  • Don’t have visitors - if someone is dropping off food/supplies, maintain a distance of 2 metres.
  • Don’t use public transportation, taxis or rideshares.
  • Don’t share personal items with others (e.g. toothbrush, towels, cigarettes, phones, computers) 
  • Don’t use drive-throughs for food/coffee or non-essential appointments (haircut, pedicure, spa)

Adapted from BC Ministry of Health and Centre for Disease Control. ( 2020). Retrieved from


For international and US students travelling to Canada:

During your 14-day period of isolation, you must:

  • Undergo any health assessments that a quarantine officer requires
  • Regularly monitor your (and your family if applicable) signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Report to the public health authority specified by a screening officer or quarantine officer if you require additional medical care
  • Report your symptoms


Arrange for your necessities of life 

During self-isolation, you will need to arrange for necessary supplies (e.g. food, medication, soap, cleaning products) to be delivered to your place of self-isolation. Refer to the SFU International Services for Students guide for developing a 14-day COVID self-isolation plan for the following information:

  1. Arranging self-isolation accommodation
  2. Arranging direct transportation to your place of self-isolation
  3. Arranging food, groceries, and other personal items

Additional Resources: 


Email and a representative from the Self-Isolation Support Team will contact you.