Arriving in Canada

COVID-19 Update

Review the Government of Canada website before booking travel for up-to-date information on restrictions and guidelines.

King’s has been approved to accept international students travelling to Canada. There is important information international students must be aware of, and steps to be taken, before travelling. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you might have.

Please do not attempt travel before having your travel plan reviewed by King's and prior to receiving your study permit.

Fall 2022 Travel Deadlines

  •  The deadline to pay the tuition deposit is June 15, 2022. This must be paid prior to travelling to Canada.
  • If your study permit is approved prior to August 10, 2022, please plan to arrive in Canada no later than September 6, 2022. As soon as you receive an approval, email a copy of your approval to johoanne.gonzales@kingsu.ca.

  • If your study permit has not been approved by August 10, 2022, your arrival deadline will be set on a case-by-case basis. We expect students intending to travel to Canada to do so as soon as they are able.

  • As soon as your travel plans are made, complete the Arrival Survey. This will also be sent to you by email.

Before You Travel

The below information is valid as of April 25, 2022. Those travellers who are fully vaccinated may be randomly selected for arrival testing, and selected travellers will not be required to quarantine while awaiting their test results. If you are fully vaccinated, you will need to take the following steps before travelling to Canada:

  1. Download the ArriveCAN app and begin entering your information. The Government of Canada requires you use the ArriveCAN app, so download it today!
  2. Set up a quarantine package through Study Safe Corridor, in the event that you are randomly selected for arrival testing and receive a positive test result.
    • While fully vaccinated travellers are not required to present a quarantine plan upon arrival in Canada, we strongly recommend having a quarantine plan in place as a precaution.

    • Email your completed quarantine plan to johoanne.gonzales@kingsu.ca prior to August 15, 2022, if you are beginning your studies in Fall 2022.

  3. Upload proof of vaccination, quarantine, contact, and travel information to the ArriveCAN app before you depart your home country. You will be required to show the border officer your ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry to Canada.
  4. Don’t forget – you must have paid your $5000 International Student Tuition Deposit before you travel to Canada. You will have problems at the airport if you try to come without having proof of having paid your deposit.

If you are not fully vaccinated, please check if you are eligible to enter Canada and refer to the Government of Canada website for additional information and next steps.

Please Note

Remember, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers will make a final determination on your eligibility to enter Canada at the port of entry, which is why it is very important that you have detailed and comprehensive documentation and plans.

The penalties for violating any instructions provided to you when you enter Canada is an offense under the Quarantine Act and could lead to:

  • 6 months in prison
  • Up to $750,000 in fines

Travel Planning & Documents To Bring

Review IRCC's instructions here. Have the following documents packed in your carry-on bag (do not put these in your checked luggage):

  • Approval of your study permit
  • Passport
  • Copy of your admission letter to King’s – you will find this in your Application Status Portal.
  • Proof of your course registrations in CrossRoad
  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members that come with you to Canada (It's recommend to use bank statements/documents dated within one month of your travel).
  • Valid immigration medical examination results, if you come from a designated country or territory or if you are admitted to the Bachelor of Education After Degree.

Try to book your flight directly into the Edmonton International Airport to reduce your in-Canada travel. Submit all required information to the ArriveCAN app before departing your home country.

What To Pack

  • 10 days of clean clothes, so you do not have to do laundry if required to quarantine.
  • Cellphone with ArriveCAN app downloaded
  • Laptop
  • Headphones & Ear plugs
  • Photos of friends and family
  • Bathroom toiletries
  • Power adapters (if necessary)
  • All medications you use
  • Passport

Arrival

Read the Government of Canada's guide to what to expect when you arrive, as a fully vaccinated traveller, here. When entering Canada, you'll be:

  • Asked if you have a cough, fever, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Required to acknowledge that you will be required to quarantine for 10 days if you are randomly selected for testing upon arrival and receive a positive test result.
    • If you receive a positive test result, you must report the positive result to PHAC by calling 1-833-641-0343. You must also confirm within 48 hours that you have arrived at your place of quarantine and complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during your quarantine period through the ArriveCAN app or by calling 1-833-641-0343.
  • Given instructions about the actions you must take under the emergency order and the penalties for non-compliance.

Travellers entering Canada must provide traveller contact information through the ArriveCAN mobile app or the ArriveCAN website. Additionally, travellers must answer any relevant questions when and undergo screening by a border official when (a) they arrive in Canada and (b) during any required quarantine. Masks are still required at all points during your travel journey.

Government of Canada representatives at Canadian ports of entry will administer the emergency orders on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada and assess your potential risks to public health under the Quarantine Act to determine if you have no symptoms of COVID-19 and can continue domestic travel.

The information border officials collect helps the Public Health Agency of Canada with its compliance and enforcement efforts. Providing false or misleading information is an offence under the Quarantine Act and can result in fines and potentially prison time.