The Kelowna International Airport (YLW) offers 70 non-stop commercial flights with nine airlines serving over 2 million passengers annually. Canada's largest airlines are Air Canada and WestJet with daily flights from Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Alaskan Airlines, in partnership with Horizon Air, also offers daily flights to Kelowna from Seattle, Washington.
Students in our program are welcomed at the airport by by their host families or one of our program staff who will drive them to their new home away from home.
Please send flight information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expedited Processing Submission Form for Immigration at Vancouver Airport (YVR) **NEW**
The Vancouver airport (YVR) has a voluntary Expedited Arrival Process that they are piloting.
Students travelling through Vancouver who require a Study Permit, are encouraged to complete this form to save time. Link to the form is: www.yvr.ca/en/students
The VC Portal allows students to voluntarily submit information found in their letter of introduction LOA from Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IF students want to participate in this pilot program, they should complete an online form (with as much information as possible) before travelling to Vancouver. The information will be sent directly to Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) who will process and print permits prior to the students' arrival.
Government of Canada – ArriveCAN app
Download the ArriveCAN app
You will need to submit the following information electronically within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada:
- Travel and contact information
- Address: use homestay address
- Phone Number: You can set up a Canadian phone number in advance (see Information from PhoneBox) or use one of your host family's phone numbers. You should ask your host family which number is preferable.
- Travel history (past 14 days)
- Proof of COVID vaccination – upload documentation
Getting your ArriveCAN receipt
Once you submit your information through ArriveCAN, a receipt will be displayed and emailed to you. Have the ArriveCAN receipt ready to show your airline when checking into your flight and/or a Canadian Border servicer officer.
How to use ArriveCAN before entering Canada.pdf