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.

Travel Deadlines

  • The deadline to pay the tuition deposit is November 30. This must be paid prior to travelling to Canada.
  • If your study permit is approved prior to December 10, please plan to arrive in Canada no later than January 5. As soon as you receive an approval, email a copy of your approval to
  • If your study permit has not been approved by December 10, 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.
  • The King’s University will be closed for Christmas Break from December 21 to January 4. Due to the closure, there will be limited support available. We encourage you to plan to travel to Canada and complete your 14-day quarantine before or after this closure to ensure maximum support is available to you.
  • As soon as your travel plans are made, complete the Arrival Survey. This will be sent to you in a separate email soon.

Before You Travel

Before travelling, all travelers arriving in Canada must plan for their mandatory 14-day quarantine period, which starts on the date they arrive. Government of Canada representatives will conduct health screenings at the time of entry to Canada and let people arriving know if they need to quarantine or isolate.

  1. Download the ArriveCAN appand begin entering your information. The Government of
    Canada requires you use the ArriveCAN app, so download it today!
  2. Review the below Government of Canada quarantine instructions carefully.
    • We encourage you to book the 14-day Isolation Program through the University of Alberta (U of A). This includes airport transportation, a single room with private bathrooms, three meals a day (vegetarian, gluten-free and Halal options available), linens, garbage collection, laundry (if needed) as well as medical professionals and after-hours support available. It costs $975 per person.
    • If U of A’s isolation program does not meet your needs, please email your detailed quarantine plan to prior to December 15, or two weeks before your travel (whichever is earlier), with the subject “Quarantine Plan) and your 6-digit student ID number.
    • Even if your study permit has not been approved yet, start making your Quarantine Plan now so that you are prepared once you receive your study permit approval.
  3. Whether you quarantine at the U of A or not, please send the attached Quarantine Plan Checklist and Template to prior to December 15, or two weeks before your travel (whichever is earlier) so that we can review it and have it on record in case you face any troubles at the airport.
  4. Enter your contact information and quarantine plan details into the ArriveCAN app before you depart your country. You will be required to show the border officer your ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry into Canada.
  5. Book your four quarantine check-in calls with Regina Dizon, International Student Coordinator, prior to travelling.
  6. Don’t forget – you must have paid your $10,000 New 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.

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 a detailed and comprehensive plan. 

The penalties for not following your quarantine plan once you’re in the country can include:

  • A fine of up to $750,000.
  • 6 months of jail time.
  • Being found inadmissible, removed from Canada and banned from entering for 1 year.

Travel Planning & Documents To Bring

Review IIRC'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 CrossRoad account under the Personal Information tab, in the Important Documents section.
  • Proof of your course registrations in CrossRoad
  • Copy of letter (attached) explaining the delivery mode of your classes in January
  • 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).

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 within 48 hours of arriving in Canada.

What To Pack

  • Bring 14 days of clean clothes so that you do not have to do laundry during your quarantine period
  • Cellphone with ArriveCAN app downloaded
  • Laptop
  • Headphones & Ear plugs
  • Photos of friends and family
  • Bathroom toiletries
  • Power adapters (if necessary)
  • All medications you use
  • Government issued photo ID


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

  • Asked if you have a cough, fever or difficulty breathing
  • Required to acknowledge that you must:
    • quarantine for 14 days if you don't have symptoms or isolate for 14 days if you have symptoms
  • Asked if you have a suitable place to isolate or quarantine, where:
    • You'll have access to basic necessities, including water, food, medication and heat during the winter months.
    • You won't have contact with people who:
      • Are 65 years or older
      • Have underlying medical conditions
      • Have compromised immune systems
    • You won’t be in a group or community living arrangement
      such as:
      • Industrial camps
      • Student residences
      • Construction trailers
      • Residential or long-term care facilities
      • Sharing a small apartment
      • Living in the same household with large families or many people
      • Having roommates who haven’t travelled with you that you can’t avoid
    • Required to confirm within 48 hours that you have arrived at your place of quarantine and you must complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during your quarantine period through the ArriveCAN app or by callng a toll-free number 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, the ArriveCAN website, or a paper form. Additionally, they must answer any relevant questions when they arrive in Canada and undergo screening by a border official, and during the 14-day period while in quarantine or isolation.

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 suitable plans for quarantine or isolation.
  • Need to be transferred to a designated quarantine facility, if no other suitable options are available.
  • Have no symptoms of COVID-19 and can continue domestic travel to your
    place of quarantine.

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.