Travelling to Canada & Self-Isolation Planning

Self-Isolation Compliance

On March 25, 2020, the federal government implemented a self-isolation plan for returning international travellers on select flights under the Quarantine Act.

The federal government will continue to use its authority under the Quarantine Act to ensure compliance with the order to self-isolate, enforceable by RCMP or local police. Maximum penalties for breaking self-isolation orders include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.

Service BC and Douglas College will conduct compliance and wellness checks to ensure travellers can effectively maintain their 14-day self-isolation.
Visit Self-Quarantine on Return to BC for more information

Updated February 19, 2021

  • All international students planning on travelling to Canada for the purpose of studying at Douglas College MUST submit their quarantine plans to Douglas College International.
  • Be sure to visit Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International students on the IRCC website to determine if you are eligible for travel to Canada. 
  • A pre-departure negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours will be required for all air travellers coming to Canada. 
  • In addition to proof of a negative pre-departure test, all international travellers will be required to take a molecular (PCR) test on (effective February 21, 2021). Click here for more information on how molecular COVID-19 testing is being conducted.
  • Students will be required to stay in a government approved hotel for 3 days while waiting for a negative COVID-19 test. If the test is negative you can continue with your quarantine according to your plan (family, alternate hotel, etc.). Note: You must complete your 14 day quarantine even if your arrival test is negative.
  • All hotels will be located near one of the 4 Canadian airports currently accepting international flights. A full list of hotels and policies are available here.
  • If your test is positive, you will be required to stay in quarantine at the government approved hotel for the full 14 days.
  • Testing and Hotel expenses are estimated to be $2000 CAD or more. These expenses will come out of your own pocket. Be sure to bring financial support document to demonstrate that you have enough funds available to pay for these additional testing and hotel costs.
  • Travellers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN.

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’re eligible.

Travel Eligibility Requirements:

  1. You have a valid study permit or a study permit approval. Note: an Approval in Principle or AIP does not permit students to travel.
  2. You have a self-isolation plan and documents prepared in advance and submitted to Douglas College and ArriveCan (required)
  3. A negative COVID test result within 72 hours of travel will be required for all air travellers coming to Canada starting on January 7th. Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  4. All international travellers will be required to take a molecular (PCR) test on arrival.
  5. Students will be required to stay in a government approved hotel for 3 days while waiting for a negative COVID-19 test. 

Resources for Students


Options for Self-isolation Accommodations AFTER Mandatory Hotel Quarantine

Self-isolation plan submission & Travel Letter Request

Submit your self-isolation plans to Douglas College here. Upon verification, we will be able to provide a letter of support for travelling to Canada. We will be processing your request within 5-10 business days and emailing you at the email provided after we verify your eligibility. 


Options for Eating

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.