Quarantine Plan for International Students Travelling to Canada
Thompson Rivers University’s COVID-19 readiness plan has been approved by the provincial government. We can now reopen and welcome international students to our campus.
With guidance from provincial health officials and with safety as our top priority, Thompson Rivers University is planning for a return to campus in September 2021. We look forward to most students and employees coming to campus to continue their learning.
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.
- Make sure that your medical exam has not expired (for students coming to Canada for the first time). Your medical exam results are good for 12 months only. If you don’t come to Canada within that time, you will need to undergo another exam.
- 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 (not antigen test) taken 72 hours prior to boarding your flight to Canada.
- A suitable quarantine plan. All incoming students need a quarantine plan, whether they are vaccinated or not, in case their arrival test returns positive and they need to isolate in accordance with public health requirements.
Planning your travel to Canada
If you meet the requirements above:
- Plan to travel to Canada no more than three to four weeks prior to the start of fall semester classes. Students arriving earlier than that may be denied boarding at the point of departure or denied entry upon arrival in Canada since their reason for being here that early may not be deemed essential. Some airlines might have stricter or different requirements for boarding. Please make sure you consult with your airline before booking your air ticket.
- Notify us of your travel plans once your itinerary is finalized. This is a mandatory requirement if you need airport pickup in Kamloops
- When booking your flights to Canada, please make sure you book a connecting flight to Kamloops (YKA).
- Bus Travel from Vancouver (Ebus) - Passengers who have been outside Canada in the last 14 days will not be permitted to travel, unless they can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in Canada.
- Book your mandatory three-day hotel stay (not applicable after Aug. 9, 2021)
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.
COVID-19 testing for travellers
Booking your accommodations
Residence move-in dates (fall 2021)
- You must confirm your arrival date with the residence.
- The residence team will contact you to confirm your arrival dates.
- Due to occupancy limits, it is possible that not all students with accommodations booked for the fall semester will be able to quarantine in Residence. You should plan to book a hotel/motel for your quarantine period as soon as you receive notification from the residence.
Quarantine at TRU residences
If arriving in Kamloops by air:
- After your mandatory three-day hotel quarantine (hotel quarantine will end on Aug. 9), you can get on a flight to the Kamloops airport where you will be picked up by a taxi or airport shuttle (we will cover the cost of your transportation).
- You will receive an email with airport pickup instructions within 24 hours of your scheduled arrival in Kamloops.
- You will be transported directly to your quarantine location (see below) and will check in to your room where you are legally required to remain for the duration of your quarantine (if applicable), except to seek medical support.
If arriving in Canada by land:
- You must drive straight to your quarantine location, where you are legally required to remain for 14 days, except to seek medical support.
Arrival of international flights
Scheduled international commercial passenger flights will arrive at the following Canadian airports:
- Vancouver International Airport
- Calgary International Airport
- Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
As of Aug. 9, scheduled commercial passenger flights will also arrive at the following airports
- Halifax Stanfield International Airport
- Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
- Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport
- Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
- Edmonton International Airport
Arrival COVID-19 Testing
Depending on your point of entry into Canada, there will be different test providers. There is no fee for the arrival test. You can create an account in advance to save time at the border/airport. Use the same email address you used for your ArriveCAN account.
Airport test providers
- Montreal – Biron Groupe Santé
- Toronto – Switch Health
- Calgary – Government of Alberta
- Vancouver – LifeLabs
|Border crossing||Testing provider|
|Pacific Highway, BC|
|Coutts, AB||Switch Health|
|Ambassador Bridge, ON|
|Fort Erie (Peace Bridge), ON|
|Lansdowne (Thousand Islands Bridge), ON|
|Niagara Falls Rainbow Bridge, ON|
|Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, ON|
|Sarnia (Blue Water Bridge), ON|
|Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, ON|
|St. Bernard de Lacolle (Highway 15), QC|
|St Stephen 3rd Bridge, NB|
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.
Location of your quarantine (for students living in residence)
You will quarantine at the residence where you booked your accommodations for the academic year (subject to availability):
Address: 1055 Campus Drive, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N2
Address: 1025 University Drive, Kamloops, BC V2C 0E1
Address: 704 McGill Road, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N7
What to expect in residence during the quarantine period
- You will not be permitted to leave your room except to seek medical assistance.
- You will receive a COVID-19 self-care essentials kit to self-monitor your health, including masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and a COVID-19 quick reference sheet provided by health authorities. We ask you to bring your own thermometer to monitor your temperature.
- Free wireless internet (wi-fi) is available at all on-campus residences.
- Bring your own electronic devices (laptop, tablet, cellular phone, etc.) as well as a Type B travel adapter (if applicable).
- Bed linen (blankets/duvets, sheets, pillows)
- Pack enough clothes for 14 days because you will not have access to laundry facilities until after the isolation period
- Bring enough toiletries for 14 days
- For everyone's safety, security staff will ensure you remain in your room during quarantine.
- If you feel unwell or exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, please call HealthLink BC at 811 for guidance, and also notify your International Student Advisor immediately.
- You will not be allowed to have any guests during the quarantine period.
Arranging the necessary supports
- Food — Upon check-in at the residence, you will be provided with a $100 Visa/Mastercard gift card you can use to purchase meals or groceries.
- 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.
- Students travelling with a child — For the remainder of the summer and fall semester (after quarantine), East Village residence is the only suitable on-campus option for students with children/families. Please contact them directly for availability. If East Village is unavailable, you will need to find off-campus accommodations. If you are travelling with a child/children who may require childcare after the quarantine period, please notify your ISA as soon as possible. While we will share childcare resources with you, it is your responsibility to find suitable childcare for your child/children following the quarantine period.
- Cleaning supplies — Will be provided so that you are able to clean your room and bathroom.
- 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.
Quarantine plan for students living off-campus
You will need to confirm that you have a suitable place to quarantine where you:
- Can stay for 14 days or possibly longer
- have access to the necessities of life, including water, food, medication and heat without leaving quarantine
- can avoid contact with others who did not travel with you
- have no visits from family or guests
Monitoring your health
The day after you arrive in Canada, you must use ArriveCAN to:
- confirm that you have arrived at a government-authorized hotel or the address you provided for your quarantine or isolation location.
- complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments until the completion of your quarantine period or until you report symptoms.
Government of Canada officials will call you to ensure that you are complying with your mandatory quarantine or isolation. You must answer calls from 1-855-906-5585 and answer all the questions truthfully to demonstrate your compliance with the law.
You may also receive a visit from a designated screening officer to confirm your compliance with the quarantine or isolation order.
If you are directed to a designated quarantine facility, you won't have to report through ArriveCAN. However, you will be subject to reporting requirements at the facility.
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.
Food and groceries
Two grocery stores in town offer online shopping and deliveries. Both carry a wide variety of food and healthcare products.
Take-out meal delivery options
There are many options in Kamloops for take-out restaurant meals and delivery services.
- Your International Student Advisor will be your first point of contact for any supports needed throughout the semester.
- You will continue to 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
- 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
- The three-night government authorized hotel stay requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air on Aug. 9.
- On Aug. 9, airlines will begin verifying that travellers coming to Canada have submitted their information through ArriveCAN before boarding. Airlines will accept the receipt either on their mobile device or a printed copy.
- In addition to the ArriveCAN receipt, travellers are expected to carry their actual vaccine certificate/record with them to show officials at the border. All certificates/records must be presented in French or English (or a certified translation).
- Before coming to Canada, all documents need to be submitted via the ArriveCan app or website. All travellers still need a 14-day quarantine plan in case a CBSA officer determines they do not meet the requirements for an exemption.
- Effective Aug. 9, fully vaccinated travellers will not need a post-arrival test and day-8 testing, but they may be randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test.
- Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 but continue to test positive can present results of their test taken between 14 to 180 days prior to arrival in Canada as part of the pre-arrival test requirements.
- The restriction on all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India has been extended to Aug. 21.
- The border will reopen to fully vaccinated travellers from all countries on Sept. 7.
You can book a live video appointment with an International Student Advisor, International Student Immigration Advisor, or International Student Recruiter.Book Appointment