Quarantine Plan for International Students Travelling to Canada
Thompson Rivers University’s COVID-19 readiness plan has been approved by the provincial government; therefore we are able to reopen and welcome international students to our campus.
The information below will help you know what to expect with regards to travelling 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) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
- A current Letter of Acceptance (LOA). If you deferred your admission and do not have an updated LOA, please notify your International Student Advisor (ISA) right away.
- Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who will accompany you to Canada.
- Your airline will require proof of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken 72 hours prior to boarding your flight to Canada.
Planning your travel to Canada
If you meet the requirements above:
- Notify your International Student Advisor of your intention to travel to Canada.
- Your International Student Advisor will set up a meeting to confirm your travel itinerary and review your quarantine plans.
- When booking your flights to Canada, please make sure you book a connecting flight to Kamloops (YKA)
- Once your itinerary is finalized, please send a copy to your International Student Advisor.
- We will acknowledge receipt of your travel plans prior to the start of your journey. If required, a letter of support for travel will be issued once we approve your travel and quarantine plans.
- You must complete the Federal ArriveCAN application for approval prior to boarding your flight to Canada. Download the ArriveCAN app: iPhone or Andriod.
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.
Booking your accommodations
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Residence move-in dates (summer 2021)
Quarantine at TRU residences
If arriving in Kamloops by air:
- After your mandatory three-day hotel quarantine, 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 11 days, except to seek medical support.
If arriving in Kamloops 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.
Location of your 11-day quarantine
You will be assigned a room at either:
Address: 1025 University Drive, Kamloops, BC V2C 0E1
Address: 1025 University Drive, Kamloops, BC V2C 0E1
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
- Your ISA will check in with you just after arriving in Kamloops, midway through your quarantine, and just before you complete your quarantine. However, you are encouraged to reach out as often as you need to.
- Security staff will ensure that students in quarantine remain in their rooms for the safety of all.
- 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 — You will be provided with meals for your first two days in Kamloops, dropped off to your room by residence staff (no-contact delivery). TRU World will cover the associated costs.
- 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 winter 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, your ISA can request authorization for you to secure off-campus accommodation following the quarantine period.
If you are travelling with a child(ren) who may require childcare after the quarantine period, please notify your International Student Advisor as soon as possible. While we will share childcare resources with you, it is your responsibility to find suitable childcare for your child(ren) 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.
Monitoring your health
The day after you arrive in Canada, you must use ArriveCANto:
- 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
- Your ISA will check in with you just after your arrival in Kamloops, mid-way through your quarantine, and just before you complete your quarantine. However, you are encouraged to reach out as often as you need to.
- 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
As of Jan. 31, 2021
- Flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries have been suspended until April 30, 2021
As of Feb. 3, 2021 (8:59 p.m. PST)
Scheduled international commercial passenger flights will arrive at only four Canadian airports:
- Vancouver International Airport
- Calgargy International Airport
- Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
As of Feb. 15, 2021
- Travellers entering Canada by land must also provide proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the U.S. upon arrival at the border.
As of Feb. 22, 2021
- All travellers arriving to Canada by air will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. Travellers will be provided with a COVID-19 test kit and instructions before leaving the airport.
- Air travellers will also be required to reserve a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel prior to departure.
- Travellers will be required to pay for their hotel, as well as all associated costs for food, cleaning and security.
You can book a live video appointment with an International Student Advisor, International Student Immigration Advisor, or International Student Recruiter.Book Appointment