International Student Services (ISS)

Travel to Canada During COVID

The following pertinent information is for students who are exempt from the travel restrictions and will be arriving from outside Canada to Edmonton.

Students are exempt from the current travel restrictions and can enter Canada if they are travelling for a non-discretionary or non-optional purpose AND meet one of the following conditions:

  • You're an international student who has a valid study permit or
  • You were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, or
  • You're coming from the United States.
In the following pages, you will learn: 

Check-list to Get Ready

Here's a check-list to assist you with preparing for your trip to Canada during COVID-19: 

Apply for a study permit

Book your flight

Ensure you have your 14-day quarantine plan in place. We strongly recommend registering for the UAlberta Isolation Accommodation Program (IAP)

Undergraduate students obtain your Essential to Travel Support letter.

Graduate students obtain your Essential to Travel Support letter.

Download the ArriveCan App

Conduct a health self-assessment before you depart

Travel Registry

Please let us know when you will arrive and where you plan to stay during your 14-day self-isolation period. All registrants receive a welcome package and a personalized check-in. 

Register Your Travel Information


Please contact International Student Services at or join one of our online advising sessions:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (MST);
Tuesday and Thursday: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm (MST).