Travel and Isolation Information
Travel requirements and expectations may change without notice. Please check this website regularly for updates.
Travelling to Canada
Although travel restrictions remain in effect across Canada, some international students are exempt from current travel restrictions and are able to enter Canada if they are travelling for a non-discretionary purposes. Starting July 5, 2021, some travellers will not have to isolate for 14 days if they are allowed to enter Canada and who also meet specific conditions for fully vaccinated travellers.
Please review the Overview of the Travel and Arrival Process as a guide for students coming to Richmond this fall. All parties should also read our Pre-Departure and Arrival Guide / 国际学生 出发前和到达指南 before leaving their home country and travelling to Richmond.
To enter Canada, students must:
- Hold a valid study permit or have received a final approval for a study permit
- Have a Letter of Support from the Richmond School District
- Download and complete the ArriveCan App
- Take a COVID-19 nasal swab PCR or LAMP test and receive a negative result within 72 hours of travel to Canada. More information, including what information must be included on the results notification, can be found on the IRCC website.
*Parents accompanying their minor child/children must have written authorization from IRCC prior to departure. More information on obtaining written authorization can be found here.
To receive a Letter of Support from the Richmond School District, students must:
- Read, complete and sign the Travel and Arrival Protocol Checklist (旅行和到达协议清单)
- Complete the RIE Self-Isolation Plan (an isolation plan is required for all travellers, regardless of their vaccination status)
- Provide flight details
At Port of Entry (Arriving in Canada)
- All travellers will be required to take a COVID-19 test at their Port of Entry (After August 9, 2021, fully vaccinated students do not need to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada)
- Students will meet with a CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) Officer and be required to answer questions and provide information from the ArriveCan app
- Students must provide proof of vaccination (if applicable)
Information for Vaccinated Travellers
If you are fully vaccinated and meet specific requirements, new measures may apply to you. Fully vaccinated means having received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen) at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.
Vaccinated travellers may be exempt from the 14 day isolation requirement. Review the IRCC website for more information on what vaccinated travellers can expect when entering Canada.
What is Self-Isolation?
What self-isolation means: (http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/self-isolation)
- Self-isolation means that you need to stay home and avoid close contact with others for 14 days. This applies to everyone entering Canada, even if they are symptom-free, Canadian, permanent or temporary residents.
- You can self-isolate in a home, hotel room, or cabin.
- You can self-isolate with a family member or a travelling companion.
- You have access to the same level of care and support as Canadians.
What self-solation doesn’t mean:
- Self-isolation doesn’t mean you are treated any differently from others. Everyone, including Canadians returning to the country, must go through this process. You will be treated with care and respect.
- You do not have to go to a hospital or government facility.
- You will be supported.
Please get in touch with our office if you have questions or concerns about self-isolating while in British Columbia.
Please note that self-isolation/self-quarantine is mandatory and not optional. These measures are in place to protect you and others around you.
You will need to stay in your assigned room and keep away from others while practicing good hygiene. This means washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, showering every day, and covering your mouth and nose with your elbow (or tissue) when coughing or sneezing, and cleaning the bathroom after you use it.
How to Protect Yourself and Others during Isolation
- Wash your hands regularly and frequently with plain soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. Antimicrobial soap is not required for COVID-19.
- Cough and/or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to avoid coughing or sneezing into either your hands or into the air.
- Dispose of used tissues right away into a trash bin and immediately wash your hands.
- Stay in your room as much as possible and keep 2 metres (6 feet) distance between you and others.
- Use a separate bathroom if you can. Clean the bathroom regularly with household cleaning products. Flush the toilet with the lid down.
- Ensure there is air circulation in the room to maintain good airflow that is away from others
- Use a separate towel, kept away from others.
- Greet others with a smile and wave, do not have direct physical contact such as hugs and handshakes.
- Keep your personal items (i.e., toothbrush, cups, cell phones, tablets or laptops) separate from those belonging to others.
- Empty garbage frequently and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
- Do not share food or drinks with others.
- Do not share dishes, cups, eating utensils with others.
- Do not go to school or public areas
- Do not use public transportation
- Do not invite others into your room. If you need an item, ask others to leave it in the front door. Continue self-monitoring for symptoms. If you develop cough or fever and symptoms worsen, call and report to 811. If you are having trouble breathing, call 911.
What to do During Self-Isolation
Orientation for New International Students
Richmond International Education is preparing a fun and informative two week orientation program for new students. You’ll get to do things like learn more about Richmond, take a virtual tour of your school, make some new friends virtually, and even get a chance to chat to your vice-principal. We look forward to welcoming you!
In addition to the orientation program, be sure to stay connected with your friends and family from back home. During orientation we will also be introducing you to other new students attending your school, so you can look forward to making some new friends!
Find some time to go outside each day, if possible, while respecting the quarantine requirement as arranged and approved by the hotel or homestay. This may mean sitting in the backyard, or another area of the hotel outdoors. Do not go into other public areas in the hotel/house, unless you are given permission. You also cannot leave during the 14-day period.
Make sure to stay entertained by reading books, studying English, watching movies, or any other hobbies you would like to do in your room. Trying something new like yoga or working out at home is a great option as well!
The Richmond Olympic Oval offers daily workouts for free via their Instagram page. Be sure to follow @richmodoval on Instagram for more information.
Also, since you will be tired, try to get lots of rest and get to bed early.
If at any point you are not feeling well, contact us immediately to help you complete an online self-assessment to determine if you need further testing.
You can also visit https://ca.thrive.health/ or call 8-1-1.