Your arrival to Canada & Vancouver (YVR) airport

Welcome to your life in Canada!

Citizenship & Immigration

Upon arrival you will go through Immigration and will likely be asked the following questions:


  • What is the purpose of your visit? To study at Fraser International College
  • How much money are you bringing into the country? Show access to funds, e.x. bank statements etc. Ensure you have proof of access to funds to pay for your tuition and living expenses for at least one year (this can be your parents or sponsors bank statements). Annual living expenses for Vancouver are estimated at $12,000 to $15,000 CDN per year.
  • Where are you going to school? What program? Fraser International College, show your Letter of Offer.

If you are confused, tired, jet-lagged etc, you can request a translator for assistance!

Declaring Your Personal Items to Canadian Customs

A review of current customs regulations should be done prior to your arrival in Canada. You should prepare two copies of a typewritten list of all goods you plan to bring with you through customs, along with any serial numbers and monetary values, where applicable.

For more information, please visit the Canada Border Service Agency website.


Getting to your Accommodation

Whether you arriving into Vancouver directly from overseas or through another Canadian city, such as Toronto, you will arrive at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). You have a variety of options available to you to get from the airport to your accommodation.


  • Beaton's Meet & Greet will arrange a driver to collect you from the airport and take you to your accommodation. Please visit the Reservations and Airport Reception Information section on their website.
  • Aerocar Service specializes in Vancouver Airport Transportation, Sedan & Limousine Services to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. For rates and reservations, visit their website.
  • Taxi Services are available to you as you exit the airport. Taxis are metered, and a 10-15% gratuity (tip) is appreciated. Taxis accept cash or credit cards.
  • Public transportation is available, but not very convenient for those first arriving in Vancouver with lots of luggage. Visit TransLink for more information.