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Camosun Overseas Arriving Student Quarantine Plan

International Students Travelling to Canada

Updated: July 23, 2020

This information is for all new and current Camosun students who are currently outside of Canada and who are planning to travel to Canada to study at Camosun College. If you are making plans to come to Canada please let us know by emailing Camosun International.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, there are travel restrictions that limit travel to Canada. Additionally, all travellers to Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Camosun College students who are arriving in Canada must have a quarantine plan.

Camosun College strongly recommends that all international students planning to travel to Canada clearly understand the Government of Canada and BC Government laws and regulations before making travel plans. Please note that Government of Canada and BC Government restrictions and regulations are subject to change. Please consult with the government websites for the most up-to-date information.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

The COVID-19 Safety Plan applies to Camosun College employees and students. Due to health risks posed by exposure to COVID-19, it is mandatory that all employees and students take reasonable actions to eliminate or minimize their exposure to the virus to reduce the likelihood of transmission. This is a living document and as new information or best practices around COVID-19 are learned this document will be updated. The most current copy of the college’s COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here.


  1. Find out if you are allowed to travel to Canada.
  2. Send an email to Camosun International to tell us you are planning to travel to Canada.
  3. Submit your Quarantine Plan to the Government of Canada.
  4. Submit your BC Self-Isolation Plan to the BC Government.
  5. Submit your BC Self-Isolation Plan via email to Camosun International
  6. Make sure you have medical insurance coverage!!!

New Students:

Make sure you have your Guard-Me medical insurance with you. We will provide you with this information. You must apply for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) as soon as you arrive in Canada.

Returning/Current Students:

Make sure your MSP coverage is active and valid.

Government of Canada - Laws and Regulations

Before you make any travel plans, it is extremely important for you to know if you are allowed to travel to Canada. For detailed information on who can travel to Canada please visit Canada Travel Restrictions.

On March 25, 2020, the Government of Canada implemented a self-isolation requirement for returning international travellers under the Quarantine Act. For Government of Canada information for travellers arriving in Canada please visit: Mandatory Quarantine - Government of Canada.

The Government of Canada has restrictions on optional and discretionary international travel. For detailed information please visit: Optional and Discretionary Travel.

BC Government - Laws and Regulations

On March 17, 2020, the BC Provincial Health Officer issued a self-isolation order directing people returning to, or arriving in, B.C. from international destinations, to self-isolate. For information about the BC Government order please visit: Self-Isolation - BC Government. Please email your Self-Isolation Plan to Camosun International.

Timing of travel to Canada

Camosun College Fall 2020 semester classes begin on September 8, 2020. Camosun students should plan to arrive in Canada with enough time to complete the 14-day quarantine before classes begin. However, when students arrive too early to Canada, or whose classes are online, their purpose could be considered optional and discretionary travel, and therefore not be able to enter the country. Please carefully time your arrival in Canada.


When booking your flight to Canada, please make sure you book a connecting flight directly to Victoria. It is much simpler, faster, and safer to fly directly to Victoria, rather than flying to Vancouver and then travelling to Victoria by ferry and bus.

Transportation from the Victoria Airport to your quarantine location

For everyone’s safety, please arrange to travel by taxi from the Victoria International Airport to your quarantine location. Some local Victoria taxi companies include:

Letter of Support

Camosun College can issue letters of support to international students planning to travel to Canada. First, students traveling to Canada must send us an email with a copy of your BC Self-Isolation Plan. We will then send you the following:

New Students:

  • Travel to Canada Letter of Support
  • Letter of Acceptance

Returning/Current Students:
  • Travel to Canada Letter of Support
  • Letter of Enrolment
  • Transcript

Travellers: Download the ArriveCAN app

(iOSAndroid, or web format)
Download this mobile application prior to your arrival to reduce wait times at Canadian ports of entry and to limit points of contact.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

The most current copy of the college’s COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here.

Contact Us
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Victoria BC V8P 5J2
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4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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