RECENT TRAVEL RESTRICTION UPDATES - SEPTEMBER 26, 2022
International students: Travel restrictions and exemptions
Updated April 25, 2022
- To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet 3 requirements:
- You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.
- You must be considered a fully vaccinated traveller. To know if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, please click here.
- You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI). Click here for more information.
- Even if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you will still be required to use ArriveCAN (free mobile app or website) to provide mandatory travel information within 72 hours of your arrival to Canada and/or before boarding a plane or cruise ship destined for Canada.
- When you arrive in Canada please submit your COVID-19 vaccination record to the B.C. government to obtain a BC vaccine card. Click here for more information on how to submit your immunization record.
The ultimate authority allowing students into the country rests with the Canadian Border Services Agency. If you choose to travel to Canada, it is your responsibility to provide proof that you are eligible.
Travel Eligibility Requirements:
- For fully vaccinated travellers, proof of vaccination in English/French must be presented at the Port of Entry. Click here for more information.
- Starting April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. Click here for more information.
- You have a valid study permit or a study permit approval. Note: An Approval in Principle or AIP does not permit students to travel.
- You have completed an immigration medical examination if required and the results are still valid.
- You have your travel information and documents prepared in advance and submitted on the ArriveCAN (required) app within 72 hours of your arrival to Canada.
- Effective November 3, 2021, international students may be able to enter Canada more than 4 weeks prior to the start of their program provided they meet all other entry requirements and the time between their arrival and the start of their program of study is considered reasonable as determined by a CBSA official at the port of entry.
Resources for Students
- CBSA e-pamphelt for new international students arriving in Canada
- Coronavirus disease resource page for International Students
- Testing for COVID-19: Diagnosing and how we test
- Flying to Canada Checklist
Douglas College is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment that allows for full and free participation of all members of the College Community who are to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity. During the global pandemic, conduct related to College and community safety includes complying with federal and provincial quarantine requirements upon arrival to Canada. Students who mislead or lie about their quarantine will be considered in breach of Douglas College student conduct standards. When misconduct is found to have occurred, sanctions for violations of this Policy may be imposed up to and including student suspension.
- Confirm you have a study permit approval (aka Letter of Introduction) or valid study permit. Note: Approval in Principle or AIP does not permit students to travel.
- Review the ArriveCAN requirements and download the app.
- Book your flight to Vancouver.
- Submit your travel information to the Government of Canada through ArriveCAN (required).
On arrival to Canada, take a COVID-19 PCR test (if required).
Students should bring the following documents while travelling to enter Canada:
- Letter of Acceptance from the College (for new students)
- Verification of Enrollment (VOE) from the College
- A Valid Passport
- Valid Temporary Resident Visa or eTA
- Valid Study Permit or study permit approval (Note: Approval in Principal or AIP does not allow students to travel)
- Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
- Proof of vaccination in English/French. If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, you need a certified translation in English or French. Keep both the original proof of vaccination and the certified translation with you while you travel. Click here for more information.
- Proof of Medical Insurance
To print a VOE online:
- Log-in to your myAccount
- Select “Student Records”
- Select “View/Print Documents & Letters”
- Select the Verification of Enrolment document type (with or without fees)
- Select a term
- Click “continue”
- On the window toolbar select “file” and then “print”
Please carefully time your arrival in Canada. We recommend students arrive no earlier than 4 weeks before the start of class. When booking your flight to Canada, make sure you book a flights with the least amount of connections. Direct to Vancouver is ideal.
All students should have a valid medical insurance plan before your date of Travel. New DCI students will be enrolled in Guard.Me for 90 days starting from the first day of class during the waiting period for MSP. If you arrive before the first day of class, you may purchase additional coverage directly through Guard.Me. Upon arrival in BC you must apply for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).
Returning students, please make sure your MSP coverage is active and valid.
See also our Medical Insurance page for more information.
Congratulations! You made it!
Here are a few things to add to your to do list after your arrival:
- Check out the new international student checklist item 9 for important tasks to complete before the first week of classes
- Ensure that you check out the Strong Start New Student Orientation and welcome week activities.
If you wish to meet the DCI team, feel free to drop by the international office at the New Westminster Campus, room S2800. We can't wait to meet you!