Travelling to Canada & Self-Isolation Planning

Recent Travel Restriction Updates

Effective August 9, 2021 the Government of Canada has extended the suspension of flights from India to Canada until September 21. Click "News Release" below for the most recent updates for this restriction.

When you can confirm your travel plans, please re-submit your travel details and quarantine plan by requesting a Travel Support Letter below. Fall 2021 is considered a transitional semester so, there are both in-person and limited online classes available. We continue to offer services for our international students abroad.
News Release

Arriving in Canada after August 24

Students with in-person classes for Fall 2021, whether vaccinated or not, are expected to arrive by August 24 to allow enough time for the 14 day quarantine if required. Students who arrive after August 24, and are required to quarantine, may miss their first in-person class(es).

If you will miss any class due to quarantine, please ensure that you inform your instructor ahead of time or you risk being dropped from the class. It is your responsibility to inform your instructor prior to your absence. You can find your instructors’ email address in the Faculty Directory or myAccount under "Detail Course Schedule".

 Updated August 10, 2021

  • All international students planning on travelling to Canada to study at Douglas College MUST submit their quarantine plans to Douglas College International (see below to do so).
  • Visit the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International students page to determine your eligibility for travel to Canada. 
  • For all air travellers, pre-departure negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours and arrival testing are still required. Click here for more information. 
  • If your arrival test is negative you must continue your 14 day quarantine according to your quarantine plan. If positive, a government representative will call you to provide additional instructions. See here for more information.
  • From August 9, 2021, after 12:01 A.M. EDT, the 3-night hotel stopover requirement ends for all air travellers. Click here for more information.
  • From July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, eligible fully vaccinated travellers may be exempt from certain travel requirements
  • To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine, or combination of vaccines, accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days before entering Canada. 
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Submission: 
  • B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan is designed to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.­­ Register to get vaccinated.
  • Starting Sept. 13, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in B.C. for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events. Click here for more information.

The ultimate authority allowing students into the country rests with the Canadian Border Services Agency. If you choose to travel to Canada, it is your responsibility to provide proof that you are eligible.

Travel Eligibility Requirements:

  1. You have a valid study permit or a study permit approval. Note: An Approval in Principle or AIP does not permit students to travel.
  2. You have completed an immigration medical examination if required and the results are still valid
  3. You have a self-isolation plan and documents prepared in advance and submitted to Douglas College AND ArriveCAN (required)
  4. A negative COVID test result within 72 hours of travel will be required for all air travellers coming to Canada starting on January 7th. Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  5. Returning students from certain countries may be eligible to travel to Canada at anytime provided you are enrolled in the current semester.
  6. New students should aim to travel only within 4 weeks of the start of your first semester.

Resources for Students


Self-isolation plan submission & Travel Letter Request

Submit your self-isolation plan to Douglas College here. After verifying your eligibility, we will process your request within 5 -10 business days and email a letter of support for travelling to Canada, to the email address provided.

  1. Confirm you have a study permit approval (aka Letter of Introduction) or valid study permit. Note: Approval in Principle or AIP does not permit students to travel. 
  2. Review the ArriveCAN requirements and download the app.
  3. Confirm with your airline availability and book your flights to Vancouver.
  4. Submit your self-isolation plans to Douglas College here. Upon verification, we will be able to provide a letter of support for travelling to Canada. Submit your plan and request your letter here: DCI Quarantine Plan Submission & Travel Support Request
  5. Complete requirements or additions to your plan requested by Douglas College International.
  6. Submit your self-isolation plan to the Government of Canada through ArriveCAN (required).  
  7. Take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel.
  8. On arrival to Canada, take a COVID-19 PCR test (if required).

Students should bring the following documents while travelling to enter Canada:

  • Letter of Acceptance from the College (for new students)
  • Verification of Enrollment (VOE) from the College
  • A letter from the College supporting to travel to Canada.
    This can be requested here: DCI Quarantine Plan Submission & Travel Support Request
  • A Valid Passport
  • Valid Temporary Resident Visa or eTA
  • Valid Study Permit or study permit approval (Note: Approval in Principal or AIP does now allow students to travel)
  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.
  • Negative COVID-19 test result
  • Proof of Medical Insurance

To print a VOE online:

  1. Log-in to your secure registration area
  2. Select “Student Records”
  3. Select “View/Print Documents & Letters”
  4. Select the Verification of Enrolment document type (with or without fees)
  5. Select a term
  6. Click “continue”
  7. On the window toolbar select “file” and then “print”

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, their purpose could be considered optional and discretionary travel, and therefore not be allowed to enter the country. Please carefully time your arrival in Canada.

When booking your flight to Canada, please make sure you book a flights with the least amount of connections. Direct to Vancouver is ideal.

All students should have a valid medical insurance plan before your date of Travel. New DCI students will be enrolled in Guard.Me for 90 days starting from the first day of class during the waiting period for MSP. If you arrive before the first day of class, you may purchase additional coverage directly through Guard.Me. Upon arrival in BC you must apply for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).

Returning students, please make sure your MSP coverage is active and valid.

See also our Medical Insurance page for more information.

Avoid stops and contact with others while in transit to quarantine:

  • Use a private vehicle if possible
  • You will be required to wear a mask and maintain 6 ft of physical distance at all times.

Note: Public transit including bus, skytrain, and Canada Line is not permitted for travelling from the airport to your address of self-isolation.

Options for Self-isolation Accommodations

GEC Student Residences offers fully furnished student housing.

If you are self-isolating with family members, be sure to read through this guide from the BC Centre for Disease Control.


Options for Eating

Douglas College is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment that allows for full and free participation of all members of the College Community who are to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity. During the global pandemic, conduct related to College and community safety includes complying with federal and provincial quarantine requirements upon arrival to Canada. Students who mislead or lie about their quarantine will be considered in breach of Douglas College student conduct standards. When misconduct is found to have occurred, sanctions for violations of this Policy may be imposed up to and including student suspension.