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Fall 2020: Travelling to Canada for International Students

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has put in place travel restrictions that limit travel to Canada. The following information is for all new and current KPU students who are currently outside of Canada and who wish to travel to Canada. Learn more about who is currently eligible to travel to Canada, what to prepare before planning travel to Canada, quarantine regulations, and how KPU can support you. This page was last updated on July 31, 2020.

Travel Exemptions and Restrictions for International Students

To protect against the outbreak of COVID-19, there are currently travel restrictions that limit travel to Canada. However, you may be exempt from the travel restrictions if you are travelling for a non-discretionary or non-optional purpose, and:

  • You're an international student who has a valid study permit, or
  • You were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, or
  • You're coming from the United States

Additionally, you must be able to show that:

  • You do not show any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to boarding your flight or upon arrival in Canada
  • You have a valid 14-day quarantine plan for when you arrive to Canada

What Is Non-Discretionary and Non-Optional Travel?

Non-discretionary and non-optional travel is travel that is considered essential. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the only kind of travel to Canada by international students that is permitted. This means that even if you have a valid study permit, you may not be eligible to travel to Canada if your travel is considered discretionary or optional. To determine this, the border services officer who greets you when you arrive in Canada will look at several factors, including whether:

  • You're already living in Canada
    • If you're already living in Canada, your return is non-discretionary.
  • You're able to complete a 14-day quarantine period as soon as you arrive at your final destination
  • You begin studying after you complete your quarantine
  • You need to be in Canada for your program (for laboratories, workshops)
  • Pursuing your studies online is not an option at your school or not possible from your home country (due to internet restrictions or bandwidth limitation)

Having the documents to address the above points can help assist your entry to Canada, but are not a guarantee of entry. A border services officer will make a final decision on your eligibility to enter Canada when you arrive.

It is strongly recommended that international students planning to travel to Canada clearly understand the laws and regulations of the Government of Canada and the Government of BC prior to making travel plans. While KPU strives to keep this webpage updated, you should always visit the following websites for the most up-to-date information.

Read Next: What Is Quarantine?

What Is Quarantine?

The Government of Canada has implemented an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires persons entering Canada—whether by air, sea or land—to quarantine (self-isolate) themselves for 14 days even if they are showing no symptoms in order to limit the introduction and spread of COVID-19. The 14-day period begins on the day the person enters Canada. Before confirming plans to travel to Canada, KPU students must share their travel and quarantine plans with KPU. You will also be required to complete a BC Self-Isolation Plan, and complete the federal ArriveCAN application. 

During the 14-day quarantine period, you must:

  • Stay at your place of quarantine at all times. You are only permitted to leave your place of quarantine if you need to seek medical attention
  • Monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing
  • Avoid contact with others, even if you do not have any symptoms
  • Practice physical distancing at all times

If you start to develop symptoms while in quarantine, you must:

  • Isolate yourself from others as soon as you notice your first symptom
  • Contact a health care professional or contact the public health authority to discuss your symptoms and travel history, and follow their instructions carefully

Note: If you are living with a person who is isolated because they have or are suspected to have COVID-19, your self-isolation period may be extended beyond 14 days. As well, the 14-day quarantine period starts again if, during your quarantine period, you develop any signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including those noted above. Seek direction from HealthLink BC

For more information on quarantine, consult the following resources:

☎️ Have a phone with you in quarantine

Government of Canada officials may call to verify your compliance with the mandatory quarantine rules during your 14-day quarantine. Please be prepared to answer calls from 1-888-336-7735.

Read Next: Submit Your Travel Plans to KPU

Submit Your Travel Plans to KPU

If you are an international KPU student who is currently outside of Canada and you want to travel to Canada, you must:

  1. Meet all the requirements of the Travel Requirements Checklist
  2. Submit your Travel & Quarantine Plan to KPU

Once you complete the travel requirements checklist and submit your travel & quarantine plan to KPU, you may be eligible to receive a Letter of Support from KPU. A Letter of Support should be presented along with your valid study permit (or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows that you were approved for a study permit before or on March 18, 2020) to the Canada Border Services Agency upon arrival to Canada to help confirm your eligibility to come to Canada.

Travel Requirements Checklist

Only students who can meet all the requirements on this checklist should consider travelling to Canada.

Travel Requirements Checklist
☐ I am eligible to travel to Canada based on the current travel restrictions
☐ I have read the latest guidelines on mandatory quarantine
☐ I have secured accommodations for the 14-day quarantine period
Please refer to the resources section for accommodation options if you do not already have a safe place to quarantine
☐ I have secured suitable transportation from the airport to my accommodations
Some accommodations will have shuttle services available to pick you up at no cost. Please check with your accommodations provider if transporation is available. If transportation is not included, please refer to the resources section for other transportation options.
☐ I have a credit card that will work in Canada
You will need a credit card that works in Canada to order food and groceries online.
☐ I have secured medical insurance coverage for the duration of my stay in Canada prior to the start of classes
Your temporary medical insurance coverage with KPU does not begin until the first day of classes on Tuesday, September 8. You must secure medical insurance to cover you for any time you are in Canada before this date.
I can meet the technology requirements for remote delivery of KPU classes (tablet/computer with internet connection) once I am in Canada, and understand that classes and KPU services will continue to be online for the duration of the semester
Computer Aided Design and Drafting program students only:
The minimum technological requirements to take CADD and CADA classes are above and beyond what's listed here. Please visit the CADD Technologies page to see the minimum technological requirements for CADD and CADA classes and ensure that you meet them.

Travel & Quarantine Plan

KPU needs to know how you are travelling to Canada, when you are arriving, and where you will be staying during your quarantine period. To inform KPU, submit the Travel & Quarantine Plan webform at least 2 weeks prior to your intended arrival date in Canada.

Read Next: Resources for Your Arrival in Canada

Other Things to Know

In this section, you'll find valuable resources to help you navigate your arrival to Canada and your first few weeks in quarantine.

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Accommodations

If you do not have a safe place to quarantine, you can consider the following options. All prices are approximate and listed in Canadian dollars.
Please note: this information is being provided as a courtesy to students. The listed properties are not subject to any form of University inspection. KPU does not take responsibility for off-campus rental accommodation.

Accomodations Location Rates Isolation Package Meals Shuttle Services Point of Contact for Inquiries Contact for Reservations Notes
Cypress Accommodations (Student Residences) 1155 W Pender St, Vancouver From $1,285 for 4 weeks Yes No, but kitchen is available for use Yes - $115 Raphaela Gomes sales.support@cympressaccommodations.com Mention KPU when booking. Brand new residences opening on August 1, 2020.
GEC Residences (Student Residence) 7657 Cambie St / 1311 Howe St, Vancouver From $1,160 for 2 weeks Yes No Yes Danika Wong danika@GECLiving.com Mention KPU when booking
Casa Vancouver Varies Varies Yes Varies No     Homestay and private suite options
Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond $100 per night Yes Breakfast $12.50; Lunch $14.50; Dinner $25.00 per day Yes - Free Karen Caporale, Sales Executive YVRAH-Reservations@hilton.com Quote Languages Canada
Marriott Vancouver Airport 7552 Westminster Highway, Richmond $100 per night Yes Breakfast $12.50; Lunch $14.50; Dinner $25.00 per day Yes - Free Karen Caporale, Sales Executive reservations@vancouver-marriott.com Quote Languages Canada
Sheraton Vancouver Airport 7553 Westminster Highway, Richmond $100 per night Yes Breakfast $12.50; Lunch $14.50; Dinner $25.00 per day Yes - Free Karen Caporale, Sales Executive reservations@sheratonvancouverairport.com

Quote Languages Canada

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport 7311 Westminster Highway $89 per night Yes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner - $39 per day Yes - Free Maswood Schah, National Director of Sales dos.richmond@executivehotels.net

Quote Languages Canada Self-Isolation Rates

Carmana Plaza 1128 Alberni St, Vancouver $140 per night Yes No, but Urban Fare (grocery store across the street) can do delivery service No - must provide your own transportation   info@carmanaplaza.com  
Sandman Vancouver Airport Hotel 3233 St Edwards Drive, Richmond $55 per night Yes Breakfast $10; Lunch $15; Dinner $20 per day Yes - Free Sylvia Jung, Director of Sales res_richmond@sandman.ca

Quote Group Code "898537"

Travelodge by Wyndham 3071 St Edwards Drive, Richmond $69 per night Yes No     Call: 604 278 5155  
Executive Hotel Le Soleil 567 Hornby St, Vancouver From $1,200 for 2 weeks No, weekly stay rate Dinner - $30 per day; in-room dining available; food delivery services required Yes - preferred rates   reservations@hotellesoleil.com  
Century Plaza 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver $127 per night Yes No No - must provide your own transportation   Book online or by email at reserve@century-plaza.com 14 day extended stay rate

Transportation Options

You must arrange transportation from your point of arrival to your place of quarantine. It is highly recommended that you arrange for private transportation and that you do not rely on public transportation. If you are coming to Canada by flight to YVR airport, please consider one of the following options. Unfortunately, KPU cannot provide airport pickup.

  • Shuttle Service from the Accommodations Provider — offered by some student hostels and hotels; please inquire with your accommodations provider
  • Pick-up by family or friend 
  • Taxis — taxis and wheelchair-accessible vehicles are available at taxi stands located on Level 2 of the Domestic and International Arrivals Area at YVR. 
  • Ride App Services, such as Uber or Lyft

Insurance Coverage

You will be have medical insurance coverage in Canada starting September 1, provided that you are registered for classes for Fall 2020. (New international students are automatically enrolled in KPU's Temporary Medical Insurance Plan, administered by guard.me.)

However, if you are planning to arrive in Canada before September 1, you must purchase additional early arrival coverage. We recommend that you purchase the additional early arrival coverage through guard.me for seamless comprehensive coverage. Purchase this additional coverage through guard.me directly: https://www.guard.me/kpu/department/early-arrivals. Having the right medical and travel insurance is critical to avoid unnecessary financial burdens. Without insurance, medical and emergency care in Canada and abroad can be extremely expensive.

Please note: Your medical insurance coverage does not cover costs associated with self-isolation or quarantine, such as accommodation, food, and entertainment. For a full overview of what is covered under your plan, visit the guard.me website directly.

Packing List

It's important to prepare your essentials for quarantine as much as possible prior to travelling to Canada—remember, you have to go straight to your place of quarantine upon arrival in Canada, and you cannot leave it except for urgent medical attention. Here's a 14-day quarantine packing list to help you get started. Add on or customize as needed.

Documents* Essentials Clothing Nice to Haves

☐ Airline ticket

☐ Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, deodorant, floss, as needed) ☐ 2 weeks' worth of tops (include long and short sleeve options) ☐ A book to read
☐ Passport ☐ Menstrual products (pads/tampons as needed) ☐ 2 weeks' worth of bottoms (include pants, shorts, and/or skirt options) ☐ Deck of cards if you enjoy playing solo card games
☐ Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) if applicable ☐ Hand sanitizer (pack at least 1 travel-size bottle in your carry-on luggage) ☐ 2 weeks' worth of undergarments and socks ☐ A journal to keep your thoughts in
☐ Valid study permit or port of entry letter that you were approved for a study permit before March 18, 2020 ☐ Shampoo, conditioner, and soap (pack in checked luggage if over 100ml) ☐ Sweaters or hoodies ☐ Pre-downloaded movies/tv-shows on your tablet/laptop in case WiFi stops working at your place of quarantine
☐ Proof of finances ☐ Shaving products (pack in checked luggage if sharp/bladed) ☐ Jacket ☐ Pictures of home and your family
☐ Letter of Acceptance/Confirmation of Enrollment from KPU ☐ Laptop/tablet + charger ☐ Exercise clothes ☐ Favourite non-perishable foods
☐ Letter of Support from KPU ☐ Cellphone + charger ☐ Pyjamas  
☐ Contact information for your host institution (KPU) ☐ Adaptor for Canadian electrical outlets (120V) ☐ Shoes (include formal, athletic, and casual options)  
☐ Printed copy of your quarantine plan ☐ Credit card that works in Canada (cash is not accepted for online orders of take-out food or grocery delivery) ☐ Belts/accessories as needed  
  ☐ Thermometer    
  ☐ 1 box of disposable gloves, with several pairs packed in your carry-on luggage (nitrile is preferred)    
  ☐ Credit card that works in Canada (cash is not accepted for online orders of take-out food or grocery delivery)    
  ☐ 60 disposable facemasks or 30 disposable face masks + 1 reusable cloth face mask (pack at least 2 masks in your carry-on luggage)     
  ☐ Minimum 1 month's worth of any prescribed medications or vitamins you need to take    
  ☐ Disinfectant wipes (pack several in your carry-on luggage)    

*Make sure you have these documents available when you arrive in your carry-on luggage. You will be required to present these to a Canada Border Services Agent when going through Canadian customs and immigration.

Important Contacts

Emergencies

Call 9-1-1 if you require emergency assistance from ambulance, fire, or police.

COVID-19 Support (non-medical)

Get information and non-medical COVID-19 support from the BC CDC.

Phone: Call the BC CDC at 1-888-268-4219 (7:30AM - 8PM daily)

Website: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

Self-Assessment Tool and BC COVID-19 App: https://bc.thrive.health/

Medical Information and Advice

Call 8-1-1 to reach HealthLink BC. For deaf or hearing impaired (TTY), call 7-1-1. HealthLink BC provides free, confidential health information and advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Website: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/

Poison Control

Call Poison Control immediately at 1-800-567-8911 toll-free in B.C. or 604-682-5050 in Greater Vancouver if you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance.

Website: http://www.dpic.org/

Alcohol & Drug Information

Call 1-800-663-1441 toll-free in BC or 604-660-9382 in Greater Vancouver for free, confidential information and referral services for substance use issues (alcohol or other drugs). Multilingual services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Website: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/mental-health-substance-use/resources/adirs

Suicide Prevention

The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC provides confidential, non-judgemental, free emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including thoughts of suicide.

Call 1-800-734-2433 if you considering suicide or are concerned about someone who is.

Call 310-6789 for mental health support, emotional support, and mental health information and resources

Website: https://crisiscentre.bc.ca/

KPU International

You can contact KPU International for non-emergency travel and study related support (contact 9-1-1 for emergencies). 

Phone: +1-604-599-2866 (Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri 1PM-4PM) 
Email: international@kpu.ca 

Mental Health Support

Travelling to a different country and staying quarantined for 14 days can be challenging, so don't hesitate to reach out and take care of your mental health. There are many resources availalbe to you as a KPU student.

KPU Counselling Services
Phone: 604-599-2828
Email: coiunsellor@kpu.ca
Website: kpu.ca/counselling

KPU Keep.meSAFE/MySSP
Keep.meSAFE provides all KPU students with 24/7 professional counselling in multiple languages. You can access Keep.meSAFE anytime by calling or using the app.
Learn more: https://www.kpu.ca/keepmesafe

KPU Peer Support Program
The Kwantlen Student Association (KUSA) can help connect you with support from a trained volunteer who is a student just like you.
Learn more: http://www.kusa.ca/peersupport/

Crisis Centre of BC
The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC provides confidential, non-judgemental, free emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including thoughts of suicide.
Phone: 604-872-3311 or 1-800-784-2433
Online Chat: https://crisiscentrechat.ca/
Website: https://crisiscentre.bc.ca/get-help/

Here2Talk
Free, confidential 24/7 counselling and community referral services for BC's post-secondary students.
Phone: 604-642-5212 or 1-877-857-3397
Online Chat: https://crisiscentrechat.ca/
Website: https://crisiscentre.bc.ca/get-help/

Meal Plans and Grocery Delivery Options

Even if your place of quarantine doesn't offer meal plans, you cannot leave your place of quarantine to buy groceries or go eat at a restaurant. Luckily, there are many meal and grocery options in Greater Vancouver that now offer contactless delivery. We recommend that you browse the following list to explore your options. You will need a credit card that works in Canada to use these services as they will not accept cash. 
Please note: this information is being provided as a courtesy to students. The listed services are not subject to any form of University inspection. KPU does not take responsibility for off-campus services.

Service Provider Type Website Notes
Uber Eats Takeout Food Delivery https://www.ubereats.com/ca  
Skip the Dishes Takeout Food Delivery https://www.skipthedishes.com/  
Door Dash Takeout Food Delivery https://www.doordash.com/en-US  
Fantuan Takeout Food Delivery https://www.fantuan.ca/delivery/en/ Website/app also available in Chinese
Instacart Grocery Delivery https://www.instacart.ca/  
Save-On-Foods Grocery Delivery https://www.saveonfoods.com/shop-online-how-it-works/ Minimum order of $40 for delivery
T&T Supermarket Grocery Delivery https://www.tntsupermarket.com/ Website/service also available in Chinese
Spud Grocery Delivery https://www.spud.ca/ Each delivery area has free delivery once a week. Delivery is also free for most orders over $35
Stong's Market Grocery Delivery https://stongs.com/ Delivery available to Bowen Island, Vancouver, and North and West Vancouver only
Yogi's Kitchen Meal Delivery https://www.yogiskitchen.ca/ Ready-to-eat Indian-style meals
Fresh Prep Meal Kit Delivery https://www.freshprep.ca/ Ready-to-cook meal kits with pre-measured ingredients. You will need access to a kitchen to prepare these meals.
Chef's Plate Meal Kit Delivery https://www.chefsplate.com/ Ready-to-cook meal kits with pre-measured ingredients. You will need access to a kitchen to prepare these meals.
Hello Fresh Meal Kit Delivery https://www.hellofresh.ca/ Ready-to-cook meal kits with pre-measured ingredients. You will need access to a kitchen to prepare these meals.
Good Food Meal Kit Delivery https://www.makegoodfood.ca/en/home Ready-to-cook meal kits with pre-measured ingredients. You will need access to a kitchen to prepare these meals.