Information for New International Students
Welcoming new International Students: Fall 2021
College of the Rockies is preparing for a full return to on-campus education this September 2021. To ensure the safety of all students and employees at the College, the College is following all recommendations put forward by the Provincial Health Officer, the BC Ministry of Health, WorkSafeBC, Ministry of Advanced Education and the Interior Health Medical office. Please view the BC Government’s Returning to Post-Secondary: What you need to know webpage.
Since September 2020, we have supported the safe arrival of over 50 new international students to Canada, and we are looking forward to welcoming many more students who have been waiting to travel. To ensure a safe and smooth arrival, please follow our travel guidelines when making your travel plans.
Travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements change frequently. For the most up-to-date information, please continuously check the Canadian government’s COVID-19 travel website.
Latest travel updates
As of July 5, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers may be exempt from the 3-night government hotel stay, the 14-day quarantine, and the day-8 COVID-19 test, if meeting all eligibility requirements.
As of August 9, 2021, the 3-night stay in a government approved hotel is no longer required, but those who are not fully vaccinated must still quarantine for 14 days.
The suspension of direct flights from India has been extended to September 21, 2021. See the alert on suspension of flights for more information.
Can I start or continue my studies online this fall?
Students who are presently outside Canada may start or continue their studies online for the Fall 2021 semester without impacting their Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility.
If you prefer not to travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, quarantine requirements or other personal reasons, we can assist you in registering for online sections of your required courses so that you may study remotely.
Requirements for travel to Canada
To enter Canada, you must have:
- A valid study permit or port of entry letter of introduction that shows you have been approved for a study permit*
- A valid letter of acceptance from College of the Rockies
- Proof of funds to support yourself (and any accompanying family members)
- A quarantine plan (see information below)
- COVID pre-entry test results taken within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight into Canada
- ArriveCan receipt
*Please send a copy of your study permit approval to email@example.com, if you have not yet done so.
Students who meet these requirements, should consider the information provided below when planning their travel. For assistance or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timing of Travel
When planning your travel dates, you should give yourself enough time before the semester starts to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements (if not exempt). If you arrive too early (more than four weeks before the start of the semester), you may be refused entry by the Canadian Border Services Agency.
- 2 August 2 – College is closed for BC Day (statutory holiday)
- August 30 – September 7 – New International Student Orientation
- September 7 – College-wide Orientation
- September 8 – Start of Classes
Download and use the ArriveCAN App
ArriveCAN is an app used to collect required information including travel and contact details, the purpose of your travel, details of your 14-day quarantine plan and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment. All air travellers whose final destination is Canada will be required to submit their travel information and proof of vaccination (if applicable) through ArriveCAN and must present their ArriveCAN receipt upon entry into Canada.
Complete our International Student Arrival Form
When you have booked your flight and quarantine accommodations (see below), please fill out our International Student Arrival Form. You will be asked to upload a copy of your itinerary and quarantine plan. The Arrival Form must be completed at least 5 business days prior to your arrival in Canada.
When we receive your Arrival Form, we will issue you a Letter of Support for travel, order your mandatory health insurance and arrange free transportation from the Cranbrook airport, if requested (see below).
Transportation to/from the Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC)
The Cranbrook campus is served by Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC). For students attending our regional campuses, we recommend flying to Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook, then travelling to your regional campus after completing your quarantine (if required). BC Transit offers cheap bus service two days per week from Cranbrook to our regional campuses.
International students arriving at Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) may request free airport transportation to their local accommodations in Cranbrook. College of the Rockies will cover the cost of the transfer, which will be provided by Star Taxi, a local taxi company. This service must be requested through the International Student Arrival Form, at least seven days prior to arrival. Costs for using other transportation services will not be covered by the College.
All travellers entering Canada must follow the Government of Canada’s testing and quarantine requirements. Penalties for violating quarantine instructions could lead to up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines under the Quarantine Act. Students are responsible for becoming familiar with the government regulations, which include a mandatory 14-day quarantine for unvaccinated travellers. Vaccinated travellers must also have a backup 14-day quarantine plan in place, in case they don’t get the exemption. Use the government website to assess your quarantine plan.
During quarantine, do not leave your place of quarantine unless it is for a medical emergency, and do not have any visits from family or guests. You cannot go to the College, shops, fast-food restaurants or other public areas. Do not use shared spaces such as lobbies, courtyards, gyms or pools. Use only private outdoor spaces (i.e. balcony). You can only leave your place of quarantine when you receive a negative result from your Day 8 COVID test AND have completed a total of 14 days in quarantine.
You may receive calls or an in-person visit from a screening officer at your place of quarantine.
Quarantine exemption for vaccinated travellers
Fully vaccinated travellers who meet all government conditions may be exempt from the quarantine requirement. To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received the full series of a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. To determine if you meet the government conditions, please review the government’s website: COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada – Travel restrictions in Canada – Travel.gc.ca.
Fully-vaccinated travelers must still complete COVID-19 pre-entry testing and have a suitable 14-day quarantine plan in place in case they don’t meet the exemption requirements.
Accommodation for quarantine/self-isolation
If you are planning to quarantine in an apartment with friends or family, please carefully review the government requirements for safe quarantine.
To ensure International students quarantine and meet all public health requirements within the East Kootenay Region, the College has arranged with local hotel providers to accommodate students in quarantine.
Travelodge by Windham Cranbrook
The Sandman Hotel – Cranbrook
Both hotels have stepped forward to support the College. The Sandman offers a deeply discounted quarantine rate for a room with a kitchenette. The Travelodge offers a full-service room and board option (three-meals per day with on-site nurse support and security), at a very reasonable cost to the student. The College is certainly appreciative of the support from local business as these efforts mitigates risk by allowing new international students to quarantine at their hotels rather than in our Residence or with homestay families. For assistance in making travel arrangements, please email email@example.com.
Food and necessities
Some grocery stores provide delivery services for a service fee. Take out food delivery service for restaurants is also available. Contact the International Office if you need help.
Quarantine check-ins by International Office staff
International Office staff have been assigned to conduct unscheduled check-ins with every student who is required to quarantine/self-isolate. You must check your emails regularly for our check-in invitations.
Students who are found to be in non-compliance will be reported to Interior Health and will be subject to the penalties described within the Quarantine Act.
Ensuring healthy and well students
College of the Rockies is committed to ensuring all students’ physical and mental health are considered. The College has a long-term partnership with Guard.me insurance to provide medical insurance coverage through the 90-day waiting period prior to MSP for new students, access to keepme.SAFE for mental health support for all international students, sharing information on how to access Here to Talk, and have a counselor on staff that is accessible by virtual appointment online or by telephone.
College of the Rockies supports equity and inclusion for all; racism or stigma associated with the COVID-19 pandemic will not be tolerated on our campuses or within our online spaces, in keeping with our existing policies. Should students ever experience stigma or acts of racism, they should immediately contact International Education at 250-489-2751. Our team will connect students to available resources via the College’s Student Services department.
Following COVID-19 Self Assessment tools
All College employees and students who have face-to-face classes are required to use the Province’s self-assessment tool (https://bc.thrive.health/) prior to each visit to the College. Risk of outbreak is shared between the community-at-large and the new international student population. Regardless of the origin of an outbreak, the College will adhere to guidance provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), the BC Ministry of Health, WorkSafeBC, and the Interior Health Medical Office.
Please visit College of the Rockies’ COVID-19 Information and Resources page for more information.
Ready to travel?
International students who choose to travel are responsible for following all federal and provincial government requirements and the directions of College of the Rockies and the health regions which they are travelling through. Please regularly consult the Government of Canada’s Entering Canada Requirements Checklist.
After you arrive
Please confirm your arrival in Canada through the ArriveCAN app and by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. College of the Rockies staff will be confirming whether or not you are exempt from quarantine requirements and, if required, will check in with you throughout your 14-day quarantine period.
After settling in Canada, international students must continue to comply with the restrictions in place across Canada to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Those who don’t follow BC Provincial Health Orders may be fined. For more information on the above and on quarantine procedures, please contact Wayne Lee-Ying, Manager, International Education in the International Department.
Proof of Vaccination requirement
The Provincial Health Officer is implementing a Proof of Vaccination requirement for access to events, restaurants, movie theatres and some other businesses/services in British Columbia. The requirement does not apply to College classes, but it does apply to on-campus housing (students living in the residence must be partially vaccinated by September 7). Anyone vaccinated in British Columbia will be able to download a BC Vaccine Card starting September 13, 2021. International students who were vaccinated outside Canada may show the proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada and their passport. Please review the details of the proof of vaccination requirement at the BC government website.