Under the Quarantine Act, all international travelers entering B.C. are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days and complete a Quarantine Plan. You should have this plan ready to show a border services officer when you arrive in Canada. If you do not show them this document, you may not be allowed into Canada. Much of the information that you will require for the plan is listed below.
As of February 22nd, 2021, all travellers arriving in Canada by air are required to reserve a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel before their departure to Canada. Travellers will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival in Canada before exiting the airport and another test on day 10 of their 14-day quarantine period. Our COVID-19 Readiness Plan and Self-Isolation Plan have been updated to reflect this new procedure for international students.
The 3 days stay in a government-authorized hotel is required. The cost is expected to be around $2000 which includes the room, food, security, transportation, as well as infection prevention and control measures. Brighton College acknowledges that this is an additional expense that may be a burden to students. To financially help our international students, Brighton College is offering a grant of up to $2000 to full-time diploma students. Contact our Educational Advisor for more grant details.
Upon arrival, you must contact Brighton College to let the institution know that you are in Canada. We will update your contact information and will be phoning you for wellness checks throughout your quarantine to ensure your safety. Once you are at your place of isolation, please immediately call us at (604) 430-5608 or email email@example.com.
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During your flight, when at the airport and when travelling to your temporary accommodation, you must follow these guidelines:
1. Join the free YVR airport Wifi.
2. Follow the Ride App or Taxi signs and head towards International Arrivals Level 2.
Important: You must not use public transport. Do not use the bus or the Skytrain.
To request a ride, you will need to download, create an account and pay via the app.
You do not need to call a Taxi. They will line up in the designated zones. Join the queue and wait for your turn. You can pay using Canadian dollars or by using a credit card.
If you require a place of residence that has not already been arranged as part of your quarantine plan, you must organize a 14-day minimum stay at a temporary location.
Tourism Burnaby has arranged discounts specifically for international student quarantine. For further details on these places of quarantine, please see the attached sheets. Prices range from $85 to $159 per night.
Administrative student support services (e.g. admissions, student services, employment services, IT support, student financial services, etc.) continue to operate remotely.
We have established a Student Information Line, which can be reached at (604) 430-5608. By calling the Student Information Line, you will be able to select from available services and be transferred to a staff representative.
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, and are unsure whether to seek medical care or get tested, contact your healthcare provider, call 8-1-1, or use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool. For testing information or results visit the BC Centre for Disease Control.
On day 10 of your quarantine period, you will perform your take home COVID-19 test. After 72 hours, if your test is clear, your quarantine will be complete. You will report the test results with a screening officer or law enforcement.
Your enrollment advisor will follow up with you to make sure you have been cleared.
Our Student Services team will be contacting you to follow up on your health and well-being as well as how you are settling in and getting ready for classes.
Important first steps for life in Canada include:
• Set up a Canadian credit card and bank account
You will be required to produce a credit card for the majority of your transactions in Canada, as many businesses no longer accept cash. Make sure you secure a Canadian credit card, preferably before arrival.
• Enroll for Medical Services Plan
You must apply for medical insurance immediately on arrival in Canada. There is no longer any delay in application for international students to apply for MSP (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYZLFMT8o3g) Student Services staff will connect you with support if you require assistance with signing up for MSP coverage.