Travelling to Canada

Travelling to Canada from aboard during COVID-19 requires preparation, including making a quarantine (self-isolation) plan for 14 days. Before arriving in Canada, one will be required to complete and submit a self-isolation plan whether or not one has symptoms of COVID-19. This plan will outline where and how one will self-isolate for 14 days, and will be reviewed by government officials upon your arrival in Canada.

Important Notice About Self-Isolation Plan

Developing the Self-Isolation Plan

Self-Isolation Resources listed below can help you develop a successful 14 day self-isolation plan. You must be able to show how you can safely obey the law by self-isolating. That means staying home and avoiding situations where you could come in contact with others for 14 days. Please note that you must fill in your self-isolation information in both the federal app (ArriveCAN), a Provincial BC Self-Isolation Form, and register the Travel/Isolation Plan with Pacific Professional Flight Centre by submitting the Travel Plan Declaration Form.

Your plan must include:

  • Personal information
  • Flight/arrival details
  • Self-isolation accommodation details – type of accommodation, city, and address
  • Outline of arrangements that you have made, or will make, for necessary supplies to be delivered to you (food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, medications, etc.)
  • Transportation information – how you plan to get to your self-isolation location from the airport by avoiding using public transit

Self-Isolation Resources

AccomodationGroceriesFood Delivery ServicesTransportation to AccommodationMedical Insurance

If you do not have pre-arranged accommodation for isolation yet, the following list provides hotel options located in Vancouver that provides self-isolation packages. There are more hotels offering similar packages in Vancouver. You can contact hotels directly and arrange the stay.

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

  • 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC
  • Rate: Special rate of $139 per night plus taxes and fees for Professional Flight Centre students.
  • Meal plan available upon request.
  • Complimentary taxi from YVR to hotel.
  • Complimentary Local/Toll Free Calls.
  • Complimentary Wireless High-Speed Internet .
  • Microwave upon request (not guaranteed).
  • Laundry Services: 25% off posted rates.
  • To book, follow this booking link or email or by calling into 604-273-7878 and asking for In House Reservations. Please request the Professional Flight Centre rate at the time of booking.

Vancouver Airport Marriott

  • 7571 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC
  • Rate: Special rate of $139 per night plus taxes and fees for Professional Flight Centre students.
  • Meal plan available.
  • Complimentary taxi from YVR to hotel.
  • Complimentary Local/Toll Free Calls.
  • Complimentary Wireless High-Speed Internet .
  • Microwave upon request (not guaranteed).
  • Laundry Services: 25% off posted rates.
  • To book, follow this booking link or email or by calling into 604-276-2112. Please request the Professional Flight Centre rate at the time of booking.

Executive Hotel

Blue Horizon Hotel

  • 1225 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Rate: $99 per night, plus tax, for students staying for more than ten nights
  • To book, email and state that you are a student needing accommodation to self-isolate

Hilton Vancouver Airport

  • 5911 Minoru Blvd, Richmond
  • Free shuttle bus from airport to hotel
  • To book, call 604-273-6336 or email

YMCA Hotel Vancouver

  • 733 Beatty Street, Vancouver
  • Rates: $75 per night, plus tax
  • Price includes complimentary microwave and Wi-Fi
  • To book, call +1 (604) 895-5830 or email

Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver

  • 405 North Road, Coquitlam
  • Rate: $100 per night, plus tax
  • Price includes flatscreen TV, mini-fridge, microwave, sink counter with dinnerware and a second Also included are continental breakfast, complimentary local calls and in-house daily meal delivery option.
  • To book, email and include University Canada West in the subject. Be sure to include hotel location when booking.

Sandman Vancouver Airport Hotel

  • 3233 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
  • Free shuttle from airport to hotel
  • To book, email or book online directly

Travellodge Vancouver Airport

  • 3071 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
  • Ccentrally located within Richmond and less than 2 km from the Vancouver International Airport
  • To book, visit hotel website or call 1- 800-578-7878

Please note: If you’re self-isolating, hotels will require you to stay in your room. Hotel staff, including housekeeping, won’t be allowed to enter your room.

There are many websites and apps available to order groceries in Greater Vancouver Area. Here are just a few:

Grocery Delivery Service Providers:

Many supermarkets in Greater Vancouver Area offer delivery service as well (for a fee). Here are just a few:

Many restaurants in Greater Vancouver Area offer delivery service through 3rd parties, such as Skip-The-Dishes and Uber Eats. Each of these service providers drive to the restaurant to pick up your order and deliver to your door (for a fee). You can find a list of participating restaurants on the different sites below, or alternatively, when you go to a specific restaurant site – they may forward you to the delivery app that they are affiliated with.

Restaurant Delivery Service Providers:

You must travel straight to your self-isolation location from the airport by personal car, taxi or ridesharing. Please avoid public transit such as buses and sky-train to ensure that your mode of transportation from the airport to your accommodation is as safe as possible. A mask is required even if you are taking a taxi or using ridesharing service.

Taxis are available at taxi stands located at the International Arrivals area at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Please respect physical distancing and keep the facemask on while waiting in line for a taxi.

If you prefer to use ridesharing service, transportation can be arranged through Uber and Lyft. YVR has designated areas for immediate passenger pick-up on the International Arrivals level. An detailed YVR terminal map can be viewed here.

As an international student, you must have medical insurance for the entire duration of your studies. In British Columbia, the health insurance is provided through government through Medical Services Plan (MSP). MSP is a mandatory health insurance plan, for everyone who lives in British Columbia (BC) for six months or longer. MSP covers the cost of basic medical care within Canada, including most physician and hospital services. In most cases, you will not have to pay at the time you seek medical care when you show your BC Services Card. For a full list of your medical and health care benefits, visit the MSP website.

International student should Apply for MSP online immediately after the arrival. There is a three-month waiting period before MSP coverage begins. As a result, it is strongly recommended that International Students should get a medical insurance through a private insurance company to cover initial 3 months of MSP waiting period.

What to do if you’re feeling sick

While you’re self-isolating, you should be watching out for symptoms of COVID-19. These include:

  • fever/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath

If you have symptoms, you should get tested for COVID-19 by a healthcare provider or at a local collection centreHealthLink BC recommends testing for anyone with cold or flu symptoms.

If you don’t have symptoms, you don’t need to be tested. If you are unsure if you should get tested, use this online assessment tool or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and have symptoms that can be managed at home, please self-isolate until the following criteria are met:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the start of your symptoms, AND
  • Your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications (e.g. Tylenol, Advil), AND
  • You are feeling better (e.g. improvement in runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue).

Coughing may persist for several weeks, so coughing alone does not require you to continue to isolate. If you are unsure whether your symptoms are related to allergies or an infection, check with your health care provider.

Sometimes people with COVID-19 have mild illness, but their symptoms may suddenly worsen in a few days. If your symptoms worsen or you become short of breath, call your family physician or nurse practitioner for immediate medical attention. If you are unable to reach your regular care provider, seek care in an Urgent & Primary Care Centre (UPCC) or Emergency Department.

If you became ill after being in contact with a confirmed case or arriving from outside of Canada, continue to self-isolate for 14 days or 10 days after symptoms started, whichever is longer.

Student must notify school if he/she is diagnosed with COVID-19 or became ill after being in contact with a confirmed case during self-isolating.

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Submitting the 14 Day Isolation Plan

Once the plan has been developed, follow the 3-steps below to submit your plan.

Step 1 - Download and Complete the Federal ArriveCan Application (48 hours prior to departure)
This tool is used to collect personal basic information, COVID-19 symptoms, and 14-day ‘quarantine plan.’ This information is used to help contain COVID-19 in Canada.

To submit your information to the Canadian Government, you can download the ArriveCAN app though the App Store, or through Google Play apps or use the web version:

Step 2 - Complete a BC (Provincial) Self-Isolation Plan
In addition to the federal ArriveCan app, the BC Provincial Government also requires you to submit a self-isolation plan. This can also be done prior to your arrival in Canada, through their website.

  • Step 1: Go to the provincial government site Self Isolation on Return to BC
  • Step 2: Click on ‘Submit your self-isolation plan’
  • Step 3: Fill in your personal information, travel and arrival information
Step 3 - Register Your Arrival with Pacific Professional Flight Centre by Submitting Travel Plan Declaration Form
All new and existing international students enrolled at Pacific Professional Flight Centre who plan to travel to Canada are required to notify us prior to their date of travel by submitting the Travel Plan Declaration Form.

Step 4 - Request a Non-Discretionary Travel Letter prior to travel
The non-discretionary travel letter will be presented to the border officier when entering Canada.

Important Notice About Quarantine Non-Compliance

In a non-compliance situation Pacific Professional Flight Centre will:

  • Report the offender to the Public Health Officer.
  • Report to local government’s bylaw office.
  • Inform offender that non-compliance could carry a fine or jail time.
  • Offender will be banned from entering school premises.
  • Assist the offender in an effort to determine what the barriers to quarantine are, giving them the best opportunity to comply with the Quarantine Act.