Travelling to Canada & Self-Isolation Planning

Recent Travel Restriction Updates

Effective July 19, 2021 the Government of Canada has extended the suspension of flights from India to Canada until August 21. Click "Travel Advisory" below for the most recent updates regarding this restriction.

When you can confirm your travel plans to Canada, 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.
Travel Advisory

On July 19, 2021, the government of Canada announced new measures for travellers:

  • Beginning August 9, 2021, some fully vaccinated travellers may qualify for exemptions from some post arrival testing requirements.
  • The government authorized hotel stay requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air as of 12:01 A.M. EDT on August 9, 2021.

 Updated July 20, 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 if you are eligible 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.
  • You must ensure that you have a confirmed booking at a government-authorized hotel (for 3 days to wait for arrival testing results) before boarding a flight to Canada. Travellers must present proof of booking through ArriveCAN.
  • Beginning July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, eligible fully vaccinated travellers may be exempt from certain travel requirements and a hotel stopover. Click here to check your eligibility.
  • 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. 
  • If your arrival test is negative you must continue your 14 day quarantine according to your plan (family, alternate hotel, etc.). If your positive, you will be required to quarantine at the government approved hotel for the full 14 days.
  • Testing and hotel expenses are estimated to be $2000 CAD or more. These expenses will come out of your own pocket. Be sure to bring financial support documents to demonstrate that you have enough funds available.

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 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. Make your 3-day mandatory hotel quarantine arrangements (confirm bookings/availability)
     
  4. Confirm with your airline availability and book your flights to Vancouver
     
  5. 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
     
  6. Complete requirements or additions to your plan requested by Douglas College International
     
  7. Submit your self-isolation plan to the Government of Canada through ArriveCAN (required). Travellers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN
     
  8. Take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel
     
  9. On arrival to Canada, take a COVID-19 PCR test

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 will be required to stay in a government approved hotel for 3 days while waiting for a negative COVID-19 test. If the test is negative you can continue with your quarantine according to your plan (family, alternate hotel, etc.). Note: You must complete your 14 day quarantine even if your arrival test is negative.

All hotels will be located near one of the 4 Canadian airports currently accepting international flights. A full list of hotels and policies are available here.

If your test is positive, you will be required to stay in quarantine at the government approved hotel for the full 14 days.

Testing and Hotel expenses are estimated to be $2000 CAD or more. These expenses will come out of your own pocket. Be sure to bring financial support document to demonstrate that you have enough funds available to pay for these additional testing and hotel costs.

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.

International students have 2 options to get to their Hotel/Quarantine location:

  1. shuttle bus for government-authorized hotels (follow instructions provided at the airport)
  2. taxi or limousine

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 students travelling from the airport/hotel to your address of self-isolation.

Options for Self-isolation Accommodations AFTER Mandatory Hotel Quarantine

Tourism Burnaby has put together a list of hotels that offer full service self-isolation accommodation and may offer discounts to Douglas College students. Check out their offerings and discounts from various hotel partners in Burnaby here.  

GEC Student Residences offers fully furnished student housing as well as self-isolation services. Check out their Self-Isolation package here. 

Choose from a private unit to a homestay family with meals included and a private bathroom starting at $950 CAD per month

www.vanmates.com

Email reservation@carmanaplaza.com and mention you are a Douglas College student for promotional discounts. 

https://www.carmanaplaza.com/

Room rates $99 per night (one queen bed) and $129 (two queen beds) for Dduglas College students in quarantine. 

Please contact: Michele Mahussier, Assistant General Manager at mmahussier@innatthequay.com or direct telephone at +1 604 523-3500

https://www.innatwestminsterquay.com/

 

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan) is pleased to share details of their preferred Student Self-Isolation Rates for members and students at hotels across Canada. The hotels included will meet your needs for a 2-week self-isolation stay once you arrive to Canada, including pick-up from airport and arranging meals delivered to guestroom while on property. Guests will be asked to read and understand the procedures of self-isolating prior to checking in. Please direct all hotel related questions to the hotel Sales Manager whose name and contact details are located under each hotel.

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan)

Georgian Court Hotel – www.georgiancourt.com – 4 star hotel

14 night stay at $100 per night in Standard King or Queen Queen Room:  $1400 + $245 (16% taxes plus 1.5% DMF) = $1645

  • One Bedroom Executive Suite: + $25 per night
  • Reservation: Email: Susan Leung, susan@georgiancourt.com
  • Meals:  $50 per person plus 5% GST and 15% gratuity per day. Boxed breakfast, lunch and dinner delivered to the room.
  • GRAND TOTAL INCLUDING MEALS:  $1645 + $845.25 = $2490.25

Hampton Inn & Suites – www.hamptoninnvancouver.com – 3.5 star hotel

14 night stay at $115 per night in Standard King or Queen Queen Room:  $1610 + $257.60 (16% taxes) = $1867.60

  • One Bedroom Suite with Kitchen:  + $50 per night
  • Reservation: Email: Susan Leung, susan@georgiancourt.com
  • Meals:  $50 per person plus 5% GST and 15% gratuity per day.  Boxed breakfast, lunch and dinner delivered to the room.
  • GRAND TOTAL INCLUDING MEALS:  $1867.60 + $845.25 = $2712.85

Hotel Blu – www.hotelbluvancouver.com – 4 star hotel

14 night stay at $115 per night in Standard King or Queen Queen Room:  $1610 + $281.75 (16% taxes plus 1.5% DMF) = $1891.75

  • Loft Suite:  + $100 per night 
  • Reservation: Email: Susan Leung, susan@georgiancourt.com
  • Meals:  $50 per person plus 5% GST and 15% gratuity per day. Boxed breakfast, lunch and dinner delivered to the room.
  • GRAND TOTAL INCLUDING MEALS:  $1891.75 + $845.25 = $2737

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.