International Students

  CNC International Students Safe Arrival Guide: This guide is designed to support international student arrival and self-isolation/quarantine in preparation for study at the College of New Caledonia while COVID-19 presents a risk to our community.

Coming to Canada

All air passengers are required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and be taken 72 hours prior to scheduled departure. Additionally, prior to departure all travellers to Canada must reserve a 3-night stay at a federal government-authorized hotel (listed here). The expected cost is up to $2,000, must be paid in advance and is non-refundable. Travellers will be given another COVID-19 molecular test prior to leaving the airport as well as a test kit to be used during quarantine.  If test results are negative travellers will be permitted to leave the government approved hotel and continue their approved quarantine plan (approved by the government and shared with CNC), spending an additional eleven days in self-isolation at a pre-approved location. Near the end of the quarantine plan, travellers will be required to complete the test kit they acquired at the airport. A negative result to leave quarantine.

Additional information can be found on the Government of Canada website here:

See the Government of Canada’s page for International Students.

  Only students who are required to be on campus should plan to travel at this time. If your program is fully offered online, you are not required to be on campus.

Travelling to Canada Checklist

  1. Find out if you are allowed to travel to Canada.
  2. Send an email to College of New Caledonia at to tell us you are planning to travel to Canada.
  3. Submit your Quarantine Plan to the Government of Canada, trough the ArriveCAN Application.
  4. Submit your BC Self-Isolation Plan to the BC Government.
  5. Submit your BC Self-Isolation Plan to the International Education Centre at CNC.
  6. Send the College of New Caledonia your visa and travel details to ensure your enrolled in medical insurance coverage.
  7. Request a COVID-19 PCR test. Tests must be completed 72 hours prior to scheduled departure. Documentation of a negative test must be presented to your airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada.
  It is the responsibility of the student to follow all the rules of flight/travel and quarantine.
Strict fines and regulations regarding quarantine plans are in place as per the Quarantine Act. Failure to obey these regulations could result in significant fines or removal from the country. It is the students responsibility to follow all rules as per the Quarantine Act.

Timing your Travel

CNC Intersession 2021 semester classes begin on May 10, 2021. International students should plan to arrive in Canada with enough time to complete the 14-day quarantine before classes begin. However, when students arrive too early to Canada, or whose classes are online, their purpose could be considered optional and discretionary travel, and therefore not be able to enter the country. Please carefully time your arrival in Canada.


Carrying a Letter of Support

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recommends that any student trying to enter Canada provide the Border Services Agent with a Letter of Support from the Designated Learning Institute.

CNC can issue a letter of support to international students planning to travel
to Canada.

First, students planning to travel to Canada must send us an email informing us they plan to travel, and include their Visa confirmation, flight details, and a copy of their BC Self-Isolation Plan.

Transportation from the Airport to your Quarantine Location

For everyone’s safety, please arrange to travel by taxi from the Prince George Airport to your quarantine location. Local taxi companies include:

  • Prince George Taxi: 250 564 4444
  • Emerald Taxi: 250 5633333

Accommodation for Self-Isolation

Carmel Inn is prepared to offer accommodation for new students arriving in Canada who are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact Carmel Inn, at least one week before arrival to Canada, to arrange accommodation. Options are available for single, double, or family occupancy.


The self-isolation room rate will be between CAD $63 and $89 per night plus taxes depending on the room type and the market at that time. Rooms have kitchenettes.


Please call 250-564-6339 or email

Still have questions?

When contacting the international office, please include your full legal name and student ID for verification.

For admissions related question,
For academic advising related questions,
For immigration advising related questions,


Extending Your Study Permit

One of our advisors can support you remotely with this request. You can book a phone appointment with an international student advisor or email

You can also access this self-help video to apply for a study permit extension.

Guard.Me Health Insurance

Newly arriving students are covered by Guard.Me health insurance providing they inform the College of their arrival.  This insurance is mandatory and automatic and covers a student for 3 months of emergency care (including Covid-19 if contracted after arrival in Canada).  Please visit for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus FAQs International