Travel to Canada

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are travel restrictions that limit travel to Canada.

For the latest information on restrictions and exemptions for entering Canada, please visit the official website of the Government of Canada.

Find out if you can enter Canada

Visit the Canadian Government's official website to find out if you can enter Canada.

International students travelling to Canada

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 the Government of Canada and BC Government restrictions and regulations are subject to change. Consult with government websites for the most up-to-date information.

Visit COVID-19 Travel: Travel, testing and borders on the official website of the Government of Canada.

Medical Insurance

It is extremely important that you have medical insurance coverage.

New Students: Make sure you have your guard.me medical insurance with you when you travel. Enrollment in guard.me is not automatic, so please email us at international_advisors@camosun.ca with a copy of your passport and flight itinerary so we can enroll you in guard.me.  You must apply for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) as soon as you arrive in B.C.

Returning/Current Students: Make sure your MSP coverage is active and valid.

Please review our Medical Insurance and Healthcare for International Students page for more information about health insurance.

Quarantine plan

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are travel restrictions that limit travel to Canada. Some travellers will be required to quarantine upon arrival.

For the latest information on restrictions and exemptions for entering Canada, please visit the official website of the Government of Canada.

To check if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, and for a full list of accepted vaccines, please visit the official website of the Government of Canada.

If you received your vaccines outside Canada, proof of vaccination must be uploaded digitally in ArriveCAN and must only be in French or English, or certified translation into French or English.

Effective April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may need to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival if selected for mandatory random testing. Travellers selected for mandatory random testing are not required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.

Please be advised that unless otherwise exempt, all travellers 5 years of age or older who do not qualify as fully vaccinated must continue to provide proof of an accepted type of pre-entry COVID-19 test result.

All travellers continue to be required to submit their mandatory information in ArriveCAN before their arrival in Canada.

Make sure to assess your quarantine plan as per the Government of Canada requirements.

Expedited study permit processing

Are you arriving to Canada via Vancouver International Airport (YVR)?
AND
Are you a new student with a Letter of introduction confirming study permit approval?

You can now access expedited study permit processing at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Please fill out the “Expedited Processing Submission Form” a minimum of 72 hours in advance of your arrival at YVR.

In order to be eligible for this new process your initial entry into Canada must be at the Vancouver International Airport (you cannot connect to YVR through a domestic flight).