Quarantine Plan for International Students Travelling to Canada
Thompson Rivers University’s COVID-19 readiness plan has been approved by the provincial government. We have reopened and are welcoming international students to our campus.
The information below will help you know what to expect regarding travel to Canada.
Can I travel to Canada?
Do not make plans to travel to Canada/Kamloops unless you have:
- Study permit approval (letter of introduction), or a valid study permit.
- A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), if coming from a visa required country.
- Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), if coming from a Visa exempt country.
- A current letter of acceptance (for new students) or letter of enrollment (for returning students). If you deferred your admission and do not have an updated LOA, please notify your international student advisor (ISA) right away.
- Valid immigration medical exam results (if you needed one). Your exam is valid for 12 months from the day you get it, and must be valid on the day you arrive in Canada.
- Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who will accompany you to Canada.
- Proof of a COVID-19 test
- PCR test taken 72 hours prior to boarding your flight to Canada or
- Professionally administered or observed negative Antigen test taken 1 day before your scheduled flight or entry to Canada by land or water
- Previous positive molecular test result taken between 10 and 180 days before entering Canada
Planning your travel to Canada
If you meet the requirements above:
- NOTIFY US of your travel plans once your itinerary is finalized.
- When booking your flights to Canada, please make sure you book a connecting flight to Kamloops (YKA).
- Bus Travel from Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton (Ebus) - Proof of vaccination is required & passengers are required to wear face masks for the entire duration of their journey.
Note: Even if you meet all the conditions above, entry into Canada will be at the discretion of a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer.
You must submit a quarantine plan even if you are a fully vaccinated traveller. This is because your eligibility to be exempt from quarantine will be determined at the port of entry.
COVID-19 testing for travellers
Starting April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. You must still use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.
Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children 5 years of age or older must provide a valid pre-entry test result, even if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult.
Children who are less than 5 years old are not required to test, regardless of their vaccination status
Booking your housing
Arrival of international flights
All International airports in Canada are now accepting International flights.
COVID Vaccines approved in Canada
Currently approved COVID vaccines:
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
- Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273)
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
- Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
- Novavax Nuvaxovid
- Medicago Covifenz
CBSA Voluntary Compliance Portal
The Voluntary Compliance Portal (VC Portal) is an expedited processing online form that new international students can fill out before travelling to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to notify the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that they are coming to Canada. This helps the CBSA review and prepare the study permit documents prior to a student’s arrival in Canada. This decreases the time spent at the airport. If you are eligible, we highly recommend that you use the VC Portal.
If you meet the following criteria, you should use the VC Portal:
- Your initial entry into Canada will be at YVR (If you are landing at a different airport in Canada, e.g. Toronto Pearson International Airport, and coming to Vancouver International Airport on a connecting flight, you won’t be eligible to use the VC Portal)
- You have a pre-approved study permit application from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
- You are able to fill out the VC Portal at least 72 hours in advance of your arrival at YVR
At least 72 hours in advance of your arrival to YVR, go to the VC Portal and submit your information
It is only mandatory to include your Unique Client Identifier (UCI), Last Name, Planned Date of Arrival to Vancouver, and Arriving Flight Number. All other fields are optional, but it is recommended that you fill out as many fields as possible.
Important update for students who are not fully vaccinated (only if under 18 years old)
Domestic travel within Canada starting on October 30, 2021
- You must be fully vaccinated in order to board a domestic flights or train.
- Carefully consider your itinerary and transit options.
Arranging the necessary supports
- Medication — if you are taking any medication, bring a two months’ supply, which must be accompanied by a doctor’s note and a prescription. This will give us enough time to enroll you with the BC Medical Services Plan (Provincial Health Insurance) and ensure that you are able to see a doctor in Kamloops to get your prescription(s) refilled.
- Pet care — Do not travel with pets as we are unable to provide the necessary resources for their care. The residences and most housing options in Kamloops do not allow pets.
After arriving in Canada
If a border services officer confirms that you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you may still be subject to random testing on arrival. However, you won't report your results through ArriveCAN. Follow the instructions given to you by the border services officer. Please register in advance for your arrival test. It will speed up your testing experience.
What to do if you become ill
- If you become ill, call 8-1-1 to talk to a nurse at Healthlink BC for advice on your symptoms and what you should do next.
- 8-1-1 has translation services in 130 languages
- You can also self-monitor your health using the BC COVID-19 App
- Contact your International Student Advisor for additional support
- You will have access to Student Support Services at TRU, including Wellness and Counselling.
Reliable sources of information
Below is a list of reliable sources of information related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- TRU COVID -19 Updates
- COVID-19 Travel: Checklists for requirements and exemptions
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
- Travel and Tourism Canada
- COVID-19 Stigma Guide
- COVID Stigma and Prejudice
- Mental Health and COVID-19
- Ministry of Health BC COVID -19 symptom self-assessment tool
- IRCC COVID-19 Updates for International Students
- BC COVID-19 support app
- Quarantine or isolation
You can book a live video appointment with an International Student Advisor, International Student Immigration Advisor, or International Student Recruiter.Book Appointment