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New Image College has developed this arrival guide for international students. The arrival guide is designed to support international student safe arrival and self-isolation/quarantine in preparation for study at New Image College while COVID-19 presents a risk to our community.

This guide will be updated regularly by New Image College to reflect changes in response to new information, updated procedures, or guidance from the Provincial Health Officer or the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
New Image College has dedicated employees available through phone, video-chat, email that has been enhanced to prepare for international student support during COVID-19.

Please note that the below information was deemed correct at the time of publication. Information is subject to change based on government travel advisories. Please review links to travel advisories
often to be sure you have the most current and updated information.

The New Image College arrival guide is broken into categories:

  1. ArriveCAN
  2. Arriving in Canada for travellers who do not qualify as fully vaccinated
  3. Fully vaccinated travellers
  4. Checklists
  5. Letter of Support from New Image College

1. ArriveCAN

All students whether entering Canada by air or land, must use ArriveCAN. You’ll need to submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.
ArriveCAN is available to download as a mobile app or you can create an account and sign in online.
Whether you’re entering Canada by air, land or marine vessel, submit:

  • required contact information for you and other people travelling with you, as long as you’re staying at the same quarantine location
  • the purpose of your travel
  • travel details, such as your:
    • date of arrival
    • port of entry if you’re entering by land or marine vessel or
    • flight number, airport and airline if you’re entering by air
  • your vaccination information, and upload proof of vaccination if asked
  • the trip reference code for your 3-night reservation at a government-authorized hotel (for air travellers only, unless exempt). Please note that the 3-night hotel stopover requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air after 12:01 A.M. EDT on August 9.
  • information about the countries you stayed in or visited in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Canada (don’t include countries where you had a connection stop along the journey from one destination to another).
  • your quarantine plan if your travel isn’t exempt from quarantine requirements

For your quarantine plan, questions include:

  • whether you have accommodation where you can quarantine for 14 days or possibly longer
  • the address of your final quarantine location (the place where you’ll finish your 14-day quarantine, if first staying at a hotel for the 3-night stop over)
  • whether you can avoid all contact with other people who didn’t travel with you while in your place of quarantine
  • whether you’ll have access to necessities of life, including water, food, medication and heat, without leaving quarantine
  • if there are people at increased risk from COVID-19 at that place who:
    • are 65 years or older
    • have underlying medical conditions
    • have compromised immune systems
  • if there are any people at that place who work or assist in a facility, home or workplace that includes people at increased risk from COVID-19
  • whether it’s a group living environment or houses multiple families, such as:
    • group residence
    • care facilities
    • living with roommates you can’t avoid who didn’t travel with you

Make sure you’re using the newest version of ArriveCAN. If you previously submitted your information using an older version of ArriveCan, you must download the latest version and resubmit your information.
When you arrive in Canada, you’ll meet a border services officer who will make sure you meet some basic requirements. To enter you Canada, you must

  • have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
  • be in good health,
  • have no criminal or immigration-related convictions,
  • convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets, or family—that will take you back to your home country,
  • convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit, and
  • have enough money for your stay. (The amount of money you will need can vary. It depends on things such as how long you will stay, and whether you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.)
  • have valid immigration medical exam results (if you needed one)
    • Your exam is valid for 12 months from the day you get it.
    • It must be valid the day you enter Canada.
    • If your exam will expire before you enter Canada, you need to get another medical exam. This applies even if your letter of introduction is still valid.
  • prove that you’ll leave Canada at the end of your stay.

Documents you need
When you meet the border services officer, you may have to show them:

  • a valid passport or travel document
  • the letter of introduction the visa office sent you when they approved your study permit
    • This letter has your permit reference number, which we use to issue your study permit
  • a copy of a valid letter of acceptance from your school
  • proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada
  • letters of reference or any other documents the visa office told you to bring and
  • either a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or visitor visa (temporary resident visa)
    • If you have a valid eTA, it’ll be linked to the passport you used to apply for your study permit

Students with symptoms

  • No one should travel when sick. Commercial airline restrictions may also prevent you from boarding your plane if you’re sick.
  • If you arrive in Canada with symptoms of COVID-19, let a border official know. A Government of Canada representative will then be contacted to assess your situation. If you need it, they’ll help you get medical care.
  • Foreign nationals won’t be allowed to enter Canada if they have COVID-19 or any symptoms of COVID-19.

Government of Canada representatives at Canadian ports of entry will:

  • administer the emergency orders on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada
  • assess your potential risks to public health under the Quarantine Act.
  • 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.

2. Arriving in Canada for travellers who do not qualify as fully vaccinated

Arrival in Canada by Air*

*Please let us know if you plan on arriving by land as the requirements may differ from the ones below

Get informed

The Government of Canada has the best and most up to date information regarding border restrictions and procedures. Use the link below to get informed before coming to Canada.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Mandatory quarantine or mandatory isolation

Plan for your quarantine: as an international student, you must demonstrate that you have an adequate plan for quarantine. You are expected to make plans, within your own means, before travelling to Canada. Students who do not have an adequate plan may be denied entry into Canada. Your mandatory 14-day quarantine period, which starts on the date you arrive.

Government of Canada representatives will conduct health screenings at the time of entry to Canada and let you know if you need to quarantine or isolate.

If you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms, you must quarantine for 14 days while you’re still at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others.

Should you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 during your 14-day quarantine, you must begin isolating for an additional 14 days from the date of your positive test result or onset of symptoms.

All students entering Canada, whether in mandatory quarantine or isolation, must:

  • arrange for a suitable place to quarantine or isolate, within your financial means.
  • go directly to your place of quarantine or isolation, without stopping anywhere.
  • wear a non-medical mask or face covering while travelling to the place where you will quarantine or isolate.
  • stay at your place of quarantine or isolation for 14 days (only leave to seek medical assistance if needed)
  • not use shared spaces such as courtyards, restaurants, gyms, or pools if you’re staying at a hotel or paid lodging.
  • not have any guests, even if you are outside and stay 2 metres apart from them.
  • monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • follow all other guidance provided by your local public health authority.
You’re required to stay inside.

You’re strongly urged to make housing arrangements for quarantine or isolation before you arrive in Canada. A suitable place is one where you:

  • will not have contact with people who are vulnerable, such as those who:
    • are 65 years or older.
    • have underlying medical conditions.
    • have compromised immune systems.
  • are not in a group living environment, such as:
    • student residences
    • long-term care facilities
    • industrial camps
    • living in the same household with large families or many people where there’s close contact and you share common spaces.
  • can stay for at least 14 days (and possibly longer)
  • have access to necessities, including water, food, medication and heat during the winter months.

Before you travel, you must plan to quarantine or isolate in a suitable place. If you do not, you may be assessed further by a government representative at the border. Consider other options within your financial means, such as:

  • hotel
  • motel
  • other paid housing

After you arrive in Canada, a representative of the Government of Canada will call you to monitor compliance with your mandatory quarantine or isolation. We ask that you please answer calls from 1-888-336-7735.

During your quarantine

  • Go directly to your place of quarantine without delay and stay there for the duration of your quarantine.
  • Avoid stops and contact with others while in transit to quarantine:
    • Use a private vehicle if possible.
    • Remain in the vehicle as much as possible.
    • Wear a suitable non-medical mask at all times unless you are alone in a private vehicle.
  • Do not leave your place of quarantine unless it is for a medical emergency, an essential medical service to obtain a COVID-19 molecular test, or it is pre-authorized.
  • Do not have any guests even if you are outside.
  • Use only private outdoor spaces (i.e., balcony).
  • Do not use shared spaces such as lobbies, courtyards, restaurants, gyms, or pools.
  • Always practice physical distancing.
  • You must report through the ArriveCAN app, online at Canada.ca/ArriveCAN or call 1-833-641-0343:
    • You have reached your arrival at your place of quarantine within 48 hours after entering Canada.
    • Your COVID-19 symptom self-assessment every day until the end of your quarantine
  • If you used ArriveCAN to enter Canada, you must continue to use it to report your arrival and your daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment (https://ca.thrive.health/covid19/en ) until the end of your quarantine or your first reporting of symptoms.
  • If you did not use ArriveCAN to enter Canada, call 1-833-641-0343 to report arrival and daily symptoms.
  • You must answer calls or visits from screening officers or peace officers.
  • You must PROVIDE proof of COVID-19 molecular test.
    • RETAIN a copy of the COVID-19 molecular test results for the 14-day period which begins on the day you enter Canada, or for the 14-day period that begins on the day on which you receive the evidence of that result.
    • PROVIDE that test result, upon request, to any official of the Government of Canada, peace officer, or of the government of a province or to the local public health authority of the place where you are located.

Your compliance with these requirements is subject to verification and enforcement.

You will be called from 1-888-336-7735 and will be visited by a screening officer or law enforcement to verify your compliance during your 14-day quarantine. You will receive calls with a pre-recorded messages and email reminders of your obligations.

Students who need medical testing or time-sensitive medical services while in quarantine or isolation

If you need to seek testing or time-sensitive medical services, you must:

  • immediately return to your place of quarantine or isolation location afterwards
  • wear a non-medical mask or face covering while in transit.

We also recommended that you contact your local public health authority and follow any additional instructions they provide.

If you start having symptoms of COVID-19, OR you receive a positive COVID-19 molecular test, you MUST:

  • Isolate yourself from others immediately for a period of 14 days that begins from the time you have developed symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Follow the COVID-19 instructions of the local public health authority. The 14-day period starts again if you are in quarantine and during that period, you develop symptoms (e.g., a fever and cough or fever and difficulty breathing), test positive for COVID-19 or if you are exposed to another person who exhibits signs and symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
Compliance and enforcement

Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada or failing to provide accurate information is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to:

  • 6 months in prison and/or
  • $750,000 in fines

If you choose to break your mandatory quarantine or isolation, resulting in the death or serious bodily harm to another person, you could face:

  • a fine of up to $1,000,000 or
  • imprisonment of up to 3 years or
  • both

The Contraventions Act gives police (including the RCMP, provincial and local police) more power to enforce the Quarantine Act. They can issue tickets to people who don’t comply with the act or the emergency orders. Fines range from $275 to $1,000.

List of accommodations supporting quarantine

New Image College has compiled a list of accommodations supporting quarantine/self-isolation:

Radisson Vancouver Airport
Price: $115 / night (room only). Minimum 14-day stay. $185 / night (with breakfast/lunch/dinner).
Details: Use PROMO code LANGARA to access rates while reserving on the website.
Make reservation 

Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport – Richmond
Price: $139 / night. Minimum 14-day stay.
Details: Free shuttle service. Contact the hotel directly for details.
Make reservation 

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre (Downtown Vancouver)
Price: $139 / night. Minimum 14-day stay.
Details: $200 in-room dining credit.
Make reservation 

Westin Wall Centre (Vancouver Airport)
Price: $129 / night. Minimum 14-day stay.
Details: $200 in-room dining credit.
Make reservation  

Georgian Court
Price: $100 / night. Minimum 14-day stay.
Details: $40 per day for breakfast/lunch/dinner. 
Email for reservation: susan@georgiancourt.com  

Hotel Blu
Price: $100 / night. Minimum 14-day stay.
Details: $40 per day for breakfast/lunch/dinner.
Email for reservation: susan@georgiancourt.com  

Hampton Inn Vancouver
Price: $129 / night. Minimum 14-day stay.
Details: $200 in-room dining credit.
Email for reservation: susan@georgiancourt.com 

GEC
Price: $1300 / 14-day stay for single or double
Details: Additional services available. Additional long-term stay options are available.
www.gecliving.com 
Contact: reservations@gecliving.com  

Please note that prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Some homestays also support quarantine. New Image College can assist you in finding a suitable homestay for you. If you are staying at a homestay, please request a letter from your host family explaining how they will support you and your stay through your 14-day self-isolation. Homestay host families may also provide transport from Vancouver International Airport to the place of quarantine.

Pre-entry test required

All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.

There are no exemptions to pre-entry testing for fully vaccinated travellers.

If you’re driving to land border crossing, you must take a test in the United States within 72 hours of your planned entry into Canada.

If you’re flying to Canada, you must take a test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada. Airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who are unable to provide a valid molecular test result.

If you have a connecting flight:

  • the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada
  • you may need to schedule the test in your transit city
All travellers must
  • provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test.
  • keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada

Students who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to test positive long after they have recovered and are no longer infectious.

Students who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days prior to your scheduled flight.

Types of tests

These tests are considered acceptable molecular tests:

  • PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
  • RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR
  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
  • Isothermal amplification
  • Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)
  • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)
  • RNA (Ribonucleic acid)
  • Ct (cycle threshold)
  • CRISPR
  • Sequencing
  • Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS)
  • Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE)
  • Detection of the N gene
  • Detection of Orf1a/b
  • Detection of the S gene
  • Detection of the E gene
  • Detection of the RdRp gene

These tests use methods such as a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, nose swab, or saliva sample. At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result.

Providing proof of your result

You must present an accepted test result (paper or electronic proof) which must include:

  • Student name and date of birth
  • Name and civic address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the test
  • The date on which the test was conducted
  • The type of test conducted
  • The test result

You must show proof of your test results even if you:

  • have tested negative for COVID-19 previous to the 72 hour period
  • have been vaccinated for COVID-19
  • recovered from COVID-19 and no longer test positive
  • recovered from COVID-19 and continue to test positive

At this time, students should have their test performed at a reputable laboratory or testing facility (i.e., one recognized by the local government or accredited by a third party, such as a professional organization or international standards organization).

Travel tips
  • Wear a mask (and bring extra)
  • Practice social distancing (2 meters distance)
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Use hand sanitizer regularly and as necessary.
  • Sanitize personal space and high-touch areas such as seat belts and tray tables.
  • Minimize trips to the washroom (flush the toilet with the seat cover down)
  • Touch as few surfaces as possible
  • Keep your cell phone charged.
  • Bring some snacks as restaurants or stores may be closed.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle.
  • Avoid public transportation upon arrival.

 

Upon arrival to Canada
  • Wear a mask.
  • Answer eligibility and health screening questions, including quarantine plans.
  • Provide required information and documents.
  • Take a COVID-19 molecular test.
  • Collect a test kit for use later during your quarantine.

If you have symptoms or an unsuitable quarantine plan, your stay and arrival test will be at a designated quarantine facility.

Arrival testing

Create an account for arrival testing in advance to save time at the border: https://www.lifelabs.com/flyclear/onarrival/?myProvince=bc

Use the same email address you used for your ArriveCAN account.

Taking your arrival test

When you enter Canada, you’ll be instructed to either take an arrival test at the border, or receive a home test kit.

You will also get a kit to use on Day-8 of your mandatory quarantine.

There is no fee for the arrival test.

Following the arrival test, unless you qualified for the fully vaccinated student exemption, you will need to go directly to your reserved hotel to await test results.

Traveling to your place of quarantine

You must receive a negative result from your arrival test before continuing your trip from the hotel. Please be aware that you must go directly to your place of residence/quarantine for 14 days. Again, you must proceed directly to their pre-determined quarantine location, without planned or unplanned stops. Please make sure to wear a mask during transportation. Public transportation is not advised. While you travel, you must wear a non-medical mask and practice physical distancing at all times.

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

  • Use a private vehicle if possible.
  • Remain in the vehicle as much as possible.
  • Always wear a suitable non-medical mask unless you are alone in a private vehicle.

Options for transport to your place of quarantine in Metro Vancouver:


Your remaining days in the place of quarantine

Remember: you cannot leave your place of residence for 14 days. You can go outside if there is a yard or private area, but you cannot go shopping, visit other homes, or go out anywhere. You cannot:

  • Go out unless directed to do so (for example, to seek medical care with the use of appropriate infection prevention and control measures)
  • Go to school, work, or other public areas.
  • Not using public transportation

Communication

1. A New Image College representative will communicate with you during isolation will take place daily (at random times) through the New Image College’s COVID-19 Assessment daily that is sent to you via email. We will communicate frequently to check if you are:

  • Experiencing any COVID-19 Symptoms
  • General well-being
  • Compliance with quarantine requirements
  • Integrate you in the New Image College community culture while you are in quarantine.

Be prepared to answer questions such as:

  • Are you experiencing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19?
  • Any cold, flu, or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones, such as fever, chills, cough or worsening of chronic cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose?
  • Any loss of sense of smell or taste?
  • Do you understand the quarantine requirements of the Quarantine Act?
  • Do you understand the consequences of non-compliance with quarantine requirements?
  • Are you having any difficulties maintaining compliance with quarantine requirements?
  • Have you left your hotel/accommodation in the past 24 hours?
  • Are you experiencing any issues with food and grocery delivery?
  • Are you able to access all the medication/medical care you need?
  • Is there any way the New Image College team can be of additional help to you?

 

In the event of any compliance issues identified within the 14-day mandatory quarantine period, Student Services staff will immediately notify the Public Health Office through the local Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Office. Guidance and/or requirements received from the Public Health Office will be immediately actioned.

 

  1. Use ArriveCAN or call 1-833-641-0343 to check-in the day after you enter Canada and to report symptoms daily. You will be contacted by Government of Canada and provincial or territorial officials 

Monitor your health

You must monitor your health for 14 days. 
Download the COVID-19 App and Daily Symptom TrackerThe symptoms of COVID-19 are like other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (see below)
  • Chills
  • Cough or worsening of chronic cough.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle aches

While less common, symptoms can also include:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Dizziness, confusion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Skin rashes or discoloration of fingers or toes.

 

Fever: Average normal body temperature taken orally is about 37°C.

COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe. Sometimes people with COVID-19 have a mild illness, but their symptoms may suddenly worsen in a few days.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, you will be asked to use the Province’s COVID19 Support App and follow the resulting directions. New Image College Sickness Policy and Protocol will also apply. Transportation to a testing site will be arranged by New Image College. They will also be instructed to proceed directly from their quarantine location to the testing site and return without any planned or unplanned stops.

You will also be required to follow Public Health guidelines based on the results of your test. It may mean that you will need to self-isolate for additional 14 days.

Essentials

During your 14-day isolation period, if you do not have assistance from your accommodation or host(s), there are various options to order food and other essential items online to be delivered. It is important to ensure you have enough food and supplies to last that will not go bad in the short term, because the demand for delivery has been on the rise, and delivery time slots may be limited and delivery times may be longer than expected.

The following list includes some popular delivery services in the Metro Vancouver area and is not a comprehensive list. Some services will charge a delivery fee, and delivery times may be limited due to the high demand. The providers are listed as a resource for students looking for food delivery services. New Image College is not affiliated or endorsed by these companies and assumes no liability for any disputes arising from services listed here.

Online ordering will not accept cash. Visa and MasterCard are the most common forms of payment.

Groceries


Meal delivery:

Psychosocial and mental health needs of students

New Image College recognizes the importance to promote and provide mental health support services and resources throughout this period as the physical, social, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing of students/faculty/staff may be impacted by COVID-19. We have put together a set of options for all:

School Counsellor
It is important to us that you succeed in your studies and career and we understand that the pressures of everyday life can be overwhelming at times. With that in mind, students and alumni can avail of on-campus confidential counseling courtesy of New Image College. Our counselor, Bill Dyck, is a registered clinical counselor who has over 45 years of experience in the field and is known for being skilled and easy to talk to. Speaking with a counselor can help clarify concerns or situations and open new ways of dealing with them. To book this complimentary service, please contact the Granville Campus’ Front Desk.

Here2Talk: https://here2talk.ca/
Connects students with mental health support when you need it. Through this program, all students currently registered in a BC post-secondary institution have access to free, confidential counseling and community referral services, conveniently available 14.7 via an app, phone, and web.

Wellness Together Canada: https://ca.portal.gs/
Get connected to mental health and substance use support, resources, and counseling with a mental health professional

 Testing to end your quarantine

Toward the end of your quarantine, you will take another COVID-19 test, following the instructions provided to you. You will be required to stay in your place of quarantine until you receive a negative test result.

If you receive a positive test result, you will be required to isolate for an additional 14-day period that begins on the day the test was taken. Upon receiving a positive test result, contact your local public health authority and follow their directions.

 

Post-Quarantine

At the end of the-day self-isolation you must:

  • Do a self-assessment on the COVID-19 Support app https://www.thrive.health/bc-covid19-app
  • Understand New Image College’s Sickness Policy, including the Daily Health Checks.
  • Report any instances of exposure to, a positive test for, or suspected cases of COVID-19 after their quarantine period to Student Services studentservices@newimage.ca

3. Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Exemptions for fully vaccinated students who meet specific conditions

You may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements if you:

Those who meet the requirements may be exempt from:

  • quarantine
  • hotel stopover (for air travellers)
  • day-8 testing requirement

Travel restrictions on who can enter Canada remain in place.

To be considered fully vaccinated, you must
  • be eligible to enter Canada
  • have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines
  • have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
    • Example: if your last dose was anytime on Thursday July 1st, then Friday July 16th would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
  • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN

No exceptions for partially-vaccinated travellers. At this time, there are no exemptions from testing, hotel stopover or quarantine for travellers who haven’t received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada.

Accepted vaccines
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S) 
Vaccines not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
  • Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
  • Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
  • Other

The list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.

If you received your vaccines outside Canada, it’s still accepted but proof of vaccination must be uploaded digitally in ArriveCAN and must only be in French or English, or certified translation into French or English.

Fully vaccinated travellers must follow the entry requirements:

  • Pre-entry test required
  • Quarantine plan in case you don’t get the exemption
  • Arrival test
  • Requirement’s checklist
Proof of vaccination

You must use ArriveCAN to enter your proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information.

If you don’t provide the required information in ArriveCAN before arriving at the border you won’t be considered for the exemption, even if you meet all the other requirements.

Providing proof of your vaccination

In ArriveCAN, you must provide:

  • the details of your first dose (date, country and vaccine you received)
  • the details of your second dose if one was required (i.e., for Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines)
  • a photo or PDF file of the record of each dose of your vaccination, such as receipts, cards, or confirmations:
    • if you received two doses and they are both recorded on a single card or PDF, upload that same image or file for dose 1 and again for dose 2
    • file formats accepted: PDF, PNG, JPEG or JPG
    • maximum file size for upload: each image upload has a 2 MB size limit
  • preferred file format: if you received a PDF file of your vaccination record, upload the PDF rather than an image, since the PDF is clearer and easier to read
  • these must be in English, French, or a certified translation into English or French

Bring your original proof of vaccination with you while you travel.

Providing a certified translation if your proof is not in French or English

Pre-entry test required

All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.

There are no exemptions to pre-entry testing for fully vaccinated travellers.

If you’re driving to land border crossing, you must take a test in the United States within 72 hours of your planned entry into Canada.

If you’re flying to Canada, you must take a test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada. Airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who are unable to provide a valid molecular test result.

If you have a connecting flight:

  • the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada
  • you may need to schedule the test in your transit city
All travellers must
  • provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test.
  • keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada

Students who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to test positive long after they have recovered and are no longer infectious.

Students who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days prior to your scheduled flight.

Types of tests

These tests are considered acceptable molecular tests:

  • PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
  • RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR
  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
  • Isothermal amplification
  • Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)
  • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)
  • RNA (Ribonucleic acid)
  • Ct (cycle threshold)
  • CRISPR
  • Sequencing
  • Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS)
  • Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE)
  • Detection of the N gene
  • Detection of Orf1a/b
  • Detection of the S gene
  • Detection of the E gene
  • Detection of the RdRp gene

These tests use methods such as a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, nose swab, or saliva sample. At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result.

Providing proof of your result

You must present an accepted test result (paper or electronic proof) which must include:

  • Student name and date of birth
  • Name and civic address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the test
  • The date on which the test was conducted
  • The type of test conducted
  • The test result

You must show proof of your test results even if you:

  • have tested negative for COVID-19 previous to the 72 hour period
  • have been vaccinated for COVID-19
  • recovered from COVID-19 and no longer test positive
  • recovered from COVID-19 and continue to test positive

At this time, students should have their test performed at a reputable laboratory or testing facility (i.e., one recognized by the local government or accredited by a third party, such as a professional organization or international standards organization).

Arrival testing

Create an account for arrival testing in advance to save time at the border: https://www.lifelabs.com/flyclear/onarrival/?myProvince=bc

Use the same email address you used for your ArriveCAN account.

Quarantine plan in case you don’t get the exemption

You must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you:

  • are symptomatic
  • don’t meet the requirements

4. Checklists

Fully vaccinated student exemption checklist

 
Before you travel

Use the same email address for all of your entry requirements, where applicable (that is, when registering for COVID-19 testing upon arrival and creating your ArriveCAN account).

Arriving in Canada

Have the following items with you for assessment by a government official at the border:

  •  ArriveCAN receipt
  •  proof of vaccination
  •  pre-entry test results
  •  other travel documents which include all documents listed below:
    • Study and Work Permit approvals or letters
    • New Image College Letter of Acceptance
    • New Image College Work Letter, if applicable
    • Letter of Support for Travel to Canada (see next category)
    • Proof of financial support (the same you used when applying for your permits)   

 

After arriving

If you meet the requirements and are exempt from quarantine, you may travel on by air or land to your destination.

You must:

  • follow local public health measures
  • wear a mask while in public for 14 days
  • maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada
  • keep copies of your proof of vaccination for 14 days

Flying Checklist for not fully vaccinated student checklist

Use the same email address for all of your entry requirements, where applicable (i.e., when registering for COVID-19 testing upon arrival and booking a government-approved hotel).

Before you travel
Boarding your flight

Have your pre-entry test results ready to provide to the airline

Arriving in Canada
  • Have the following items with you for assessment by a government official at the border:
  • ArriveCAN receipt
  • proof of vaccination
  • pre-entry test results
  • other travel documents which include all documents listed below:
    • Study and Work Permit approvals or letters
    • New Image College Letter of Acceptance
    • New Image College Work Letter, if applicable
    • Letter of Support for Travel to Canada (see next category)
    • Proof of financial support (the same you used when applying for your permits)  
After arriving

Go directly to your pre-booked hotel for up to 3 nights to await results from your arrival test

Completing your full quarantine

On day 8 of your quarantine, you will take another test, following the instructions provided to you. You must stay in your place of quarantine while you await the results from this test.

5. Letter of Support from New Image College

In addition to all necessary documents that you will need to present at the border, New Image College also provided a Letter of Support to Study and Work for you to present upon entrance. This letter states that New Image College students are required to participate in presential classes and/or comply with their Co-Op term during Pacific Time Zone working hours.

Before providing students with their letter of support, the New Image College’s Student Services department requires students to submit the following:

 

For all students

  1. A copy of your valid Study Permit OR a copy of the initial study permit approval issued before the relevant issue date.
  2. A copy of the purchased medical insurance for the 90-day waiting period.
  3. The flight information and the planned travel date
  4. A suitable quarantine plan where you:
  • stay for 14 days or possibly longer
  • have access to the necessities of life, including water, food, medication, and heat without leaving quarantine
  • can avoid contact with others who did not travel with you
  • have no visits from family or guests

For more details: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/isolation#plan

 

For fully vaccinated students

All of the above, plus:

  1. Proof of vaccination which include:
  • the details of your first dose (date, country and vaccine you received)
  • the details of your second dose if one was required (i.e., for Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines)
  • a photo or PDF file of the record of each dose of your vaccination, such as receipts, cards, or confirmations:
    • if you received two doses and they are both recorded on a single card or PDF, upload that same image or file for dose 1 and again for dose 2
    • file formats accepted: PDF, PNG, JPEG or JPG
    • maximum file size for upload: each image upload has a 2 MB size limit
  • preferred file format: if you received a PDF file of your vaccination record, upload the PDF rather than an image, since the PDF is clearer and easier to read
  • these must be in English, French, or a certified translation into English or French

Bring your original proof of vaccination with you while you travel.

 

For not fully vaccinated students
  • If arriving by air, the 3-night hotel booking confirmation.

* Student Services will offer guidance to international students and identify the consequences related to any potential compliance concerns.

** Please note that individual travel plans are reviewed by New Image College to ensure suitable accommodations have been obtained. 

***Please contact us at studentservices@newimage.ca if you need more information about medical insurance.

 

Sample Letter

Date

 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

 

Student First Name: ___________________
Student Last Name:   ___________________
Student Number:  XXXXX
Date of Birth:  YYYY.MM.DD
Program Name:   ___________________
Program Length (weeks):   ______ weeks
Program Dates:  YYYY.MM.DD to YYYY.MM.DD
Co-Op Study Period Dates: YYYY.MM.DD to YYYY.MM.DD

 Co-Op Work Period Dates: YYYY.MM.DD to YYYY.MM.DD

 

Letter of Support for Study and Work in Canada

 

Dear IRCC or CBSA Officer,

 

I am writing this letter to confirm that __________ is a student admitted to New Image College in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada. 

__________has been admitted to the __________program with the start date of YYYY.MM.DD

New Image College is an institution that has a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by BC.

__________has been issued an approval letter on YYYY.MM.DD ,UCI is #_________ ,Application number is #_______

New Image College is in Vancouver, BC and students are required to participate in presential classes and/or comply with their Co-Op term during Pacific Time Zone working hours.

In order to successfully complete the program and obtain the ___________ Diploma it is essential that the student complete the co-op term as an essential and integral part of their program of study.

__________will be arriving in Canada via __________ flight #__________. The flight is coming from __________to Vancouver, scheduled to arrive on YYYY.MM>DDD at __________at YVR.

__________is aware and is expected to comply with all travel requirements including a quarantine plan.

New Image College is prepared to support the student, with their plan, upon arrival in Canada. It is our understanding that, in accordance with IRCC, a border services officer will make a final decision on the student’s eligibility to enter Canada at the Canadian port of entry.

If you have any further questions with regards to the student’s admission or program, please contact me directly at 604-685-8807 or ana@newimage.ca.

 

Yours truly,

Ana Fleming

Administrative Officer – Student Services New Image College (DLI# 019274696442)  studentservices@newimage.ca – 604-685-8807

 

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