As of January 7, 2021, all travellers flying to Canada must take a COVID-19 PCR or LAMP test within 72 hours before your flight’s scheduled department time and provide a negative test result to travel to Canada.
For more information visit COVID-19 pre-departure testing and Transport Canada’s Interim Order
As you can understand, all schools need to alter travel and arrival protocols to ensure the safety of both students and all those around the student.
Please take some time to review the information on this page. It is crucial to follow these protocols; students may be denied entry into the country if they are not closely followed. Government authorities can also fine students for non-compliance in certain situations. It is important to work together for everyone’s safety.
Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, host families, schools and communities. We are obligated to follow the regulations and recommendations of Canadian Federal and Provincial Governments and the local public health authority.
Please review the following documents:
Keep at least 2 meters between you and others and avoid crowded spaces and places. Be sure to wear a mask to protect yourself and others from spreading the virus.
Stay at home whenever possible and especially if you are feeling sick. This will help to prevent exposing others and or yourself to COVID-19.
Contact your host family to get to know each other. A video chat using Zoom or Skype is a good way to communicate. Remember to exchange emails and cell phone numbers with your host family and save the Royal Bridge College office number into your cell phone (604-474-3718).
Before you leave your home country to come to Canada, it is recommended that you self-isolate in your home for 2 weeks and only meet your family during that time. Isolation locations such as hotels should be arranged well in advance of arrival. Some students elect to self-isolate in a local hotel. You must travel directly to your isolation destination.
Students should request/obtain a letter from the doctor within 72 hours before departure that confirms you are healthy and safe to travel. If possible, you should also get a COVID-19 test. Bring the letter with you when you go through immigration.
Include the following in your carry-on bag:
Passport, Study Permit or Letter (if you have one), Custodianship Documents, Letter of Acceptance, Host Family Profile with contact information, BC Self Isolation Plan Form, change of clothes and some snacks. Remember to pack your letter from the doctor and your COVID-19 test results. Remember to pack face masks and have at least 2 on your possession and a thermometer for temperature checks.
Before you leave your home country, you must download the ArriveCAN app from the Government of Canada and complete a mandatory Self-Isolation Plan for the Government of British Columbia. Both these need to be complete prior to your arrival to BC.
The ArriveCAN app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. This app must be setup before you arrive at immigration in Canada because the immigration officer will provide you with a TOKEN NUMBER you will need to enter.
Before you leave your home country it is very important that you complete the BC Government Support for International Travelers Self Isolation Plan form. When you arrive at the airport you will be asked to show this form and the information must be correct.
Our office will fill in part of the form to make sure the information is correct. Once you receive the form from our office please fill out the “Travel Information” and the “Certify Declaration” section. On the next page you will see an example. Once you have completed the form:
Wearing a Mask/Hand Washing: Remember to wear a mask at all times. Wash your hands before you board the airplane. Use hand sanitizer frequently.
Practice Social Distancing: Try to keep your distance from other people. You must try to keep at least 2 meters from other people.
Keeping Safe: Make sure your cell phone charged in case you need to contact your host family. Bring some snacks in your carry-on bag because the restaurants in the airport may not be open. When you get to your airplane seat, remember to wipe down your area.
You finally made it! We are sure you are excited to begin your authentic Canadian experience at Royal Bridge College. Please have do the following upon arrival into Canada:
You made it through the airport and now are heading to your new home! In British Columbia, everyone has worked hard to keep COVID-19 manageable. We did this by following some important rules from the government. When you get to your new home, you must self-isolate for 14 days. This means you should stay in your room and avoid direct contact with your host family and others.
The governments of Canada and British Columbia want to make sure all new arrivals to Canada are safe and healthy. To do this, they will call you or your host family to make sure you are self-isolating and following the law. You must be prepared to answer call from 1-855-906-5585 or 1-613-221-3100.
To keep you and your host family safe while you are self-isolating, it is important that you stay in your room. You are able to leave your room to go to the bathroom. If staying in a local hotel, food can be delivered, dropped at your door and paid in advance using many food service delivery companies like Skip the Dishes.
Remember to keep your room clean and practice good hygiene. Some examples are washing your hands often, showering every day, cleaning the bathroom after using it, covering your mouth and nose with your elbow when you cough and sneeze.
Stay Connected: Contact your family and friends when you are self-isolating. Check with you host family to make sure you have access to Wifi. It is important to check your email regularly because RBCo may be trying to contact you.
Montior your Mental Health: Being in a new country is exciting but being in self-isolation may be challenging. Communicate with your host family regularly and let them know how you are feeling. We are all here to support you!
Physical Health: Staying active during self-isolation! This is a great opportunity for you to try a new exercise routine, such as yoga. It is important to make sure you establish a healthy routine as quickly as possible. Try to go to bed at a reasonable hour and don’t stay up all night.