International students who had a study permit application approved before March 18, 2020 are exempt from Canada’s travel restrictions and can travel to Canada if they are travelling for non-optional or non-discretionary purposes.
Students must provide to the airline evidence their travel is essential prior to departure and to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer at the time of arrival.
Before you travel, ask for an updated Confirmation of Enrolment letter for Immigration Purposes from the Registrar’s Office to present to the airline and CBSA.
If you are unsure whether your travel is considered essential, request confirmation from CBSA directly through email here.
When contacting CBSA include your full name, date of birth, unique client identifier (UCI), passport number and detailed reason for travel. Do not book a flight until you hear back from CBSA that your travel is considered essential.
When you book your flight to Canada, book a connecting flight directly to Victoria International Airport (YYJ) to limit points of contact. Do not use public transport like buses and ferries.
International students who had a study permit application approved after March 18, 2020 are not exempt from the travel restrictions and should not make travel plans to Canada since they will not be permitted to enter.
All travellers to Canada, including international students, must travel with a face mask or covering if arriving by air and must isolate for 14 days upon arrival. The British Columbia (BC) government also legally requires all travelers to submit a detailed self-isolation plan.
Last updated: Sept. 4, 2020 at 1:28 p.m.