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 (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:
- 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 not required but 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.
COVID-19 testing for travellers
Booking your accommodations
Residence bookings for Winter 2022
- There are currently no openings for the Winter semester.
- Contact your ISA if you would like to be placed on a waitlist. Do not make any payments at this time.
- Students on the waitlist will be contacted as spaces become available.
- You should book a hotel/motel (or other suitable accommodations) for your quarantine period since the residences will not have any quarantine rooms for the winter semester.
Arrival of international flights
Scheduled international commercial passenger flights will arrive at the following Canadian airports:
- Vancouver International Airport
- Abbotsford International
- Kelowna International
- Calgary International Airport
- Edmonton International Airport
- Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
- Halifax Stanfield International Airport
- Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
- Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport
- Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
- St. John's International
- John C. Munro Hamilton International
- Region of Waterloo International
- Regina International
- Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International
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|
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)
Effective November 30, 2022 Canada will recognize as fully vaccinated those who have received a COVID vaccine approved by the World Health Organization,including:
- Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
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
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.
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
- more information
Monitoring your health
The day after you arrive in Canada, you must use ArriveCAN to:
- confirm that you have arrived at 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
- 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
- Effective January 15, 2022 certain groups of travellers who are currently exempt from certain entry requirements, including international students over the age of 18, will only be allowed to enter Canada if they are fully vaccinated with a COVID vaccine approved for entry into Canada.
- 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 border reopened to fully vaccinated travellers from all countries on Sept. 7.
Travelling from India
- Direct flights - You will need proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test from the Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport. The test must be taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of your direct flight to Canada.
- Indirect flights - You’ll need proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test, within 72 hours of your final flight to Canada. The test must be taken in the country from which your flight to Canada will depart.
You can book a live video appointment with an International Student Advisor, International Student Immigration Advisor, or International Student Recruiter.Book Appointment