Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated travel

At this time, students 17 years of age and under who are unvaccinated, or partially vaccinated are permitted to enter Canada and are eligible to receive a 14-night quarantine plan from York.

York University only covers quarantine costs for students once and for essential, non-discretionary travel. York University only covers quarantine costs at one of our participating hotels booked via York’s Travel to Canada Documentation Request Form. If you plan on making quarantine arrangements elsewhere, you will be responsible for the cost.

Change in travel plans? Submit the change form with your new details.

 

Eligibility to travel

Confirm you are eligible to travel

To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet 3 requirements:

1. If you are 18 years of age or older, you must qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller in order to travel to Canada. If you are 17 years of age or under, you are permitted to travel to Canada even if you are not fully vaccinated. Please check the most current guidelines for travel to Canada.

2. You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit*.

3. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI)**.

*Stage 1 approval/AIP does not count as final approval.
**York University is on the list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan.

Confirm family members are eligible to travel

One [1] immediate family member may be able to travel with you to Canada if they have an essential reason (non-discretionary) reason for travel. Click here for more information.

If an immediate family member wants to join you later, whether they require prior written authorization from IRCC depends on where they are traveling from. Click here for more information.

All travellers 18 years or older must qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to enter Canada.

 

Preparing to travel

Register for ArriveCAN

You must use the ArriveCAN mobile app or sign in on a computer to enter your proof of vaccination and travel information. To be ready for your trip, create your ArriveCAN account. Please read this website carefully and follow all instructions related to using ArriveCAN.

If applicable, you must also submit a proof of vaccination in English or French (certified translations will be accepted) to ArriveCAN.

If your travel date has changed, you can make a new submission with your new travel dates/information. ArriveCAN will accept your most recent submission as the correct one.

IMPORTANT: You must submit the ArriveCAN information before you board your flight to Canada (we recommend at least 48 hours in advance) and you must confirm you’ve arrived at the address you provided for your quarantine location with 48 hours of your entry to Canada. Travellers who fail to submit the required information digitally before boarding their flight could be subject to enforcement action, which can range from verbal warnings to a $1,000 fine.

Request documents from York

Please submit travel plans via York’s Travel to Canada Documentation Request form to request an Entry Support Letter from York. Note that this is not a requirement for entry but can be used as a supporting document.

Please note that an Entry Support Letter is different from an Enrolment Letter. Information about obtaining your Enrolment Letter can be found here.

If you have submitted the Travel to Canada Documentation Request form, you will receive your entry support letter about 7-10 days before your scheduled travel date.

Change in travel plans? Submit the change form with your new details.

Register for a SwitchHealth account

Students no longer need to register in advance for on arrival tests, but are encouraged to register for a free Switch Health account if flying to Toronto Pearson Airport. This will make testing quicker if you are randomly selected upon arrival.

Flying to Canada: COVID-19 Testing for Travellers
Driving to Canada: COVID-19 Testing for Travellers

Request 14-day quarantine accommodation

Submit the Travel to Canada Documentation Request form at least 14 days before travel to request quarantine accommodation from York. York will then book your quarantine arrangements on your behalf.

York will continue to pay for the full 14-day quarantine period for those students who are undertaking essential travel, i.e.:

  • Students coming to study in Canada for the first time
  • Students who were not living in Canada/Toronto in Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Summer 2021 and are now travelling to Canada for their studies

All York students, whether you choose to quarantine for the full 14-days in the York-designated hotel or choose to arrange your own quarantine, must abide by all requirements of York's approved COVID-19 readiness plan for the duration of your quarantine. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Daily check-ins with a York staff member
  • Mandatory COVID testing as per federal, provincial and local health authorities.
  • Filing your self-arranged quarantine plan with York

Full requirements will be communicated with you once when you request quarantine accommodation or file your self-arranged quarantine plan with York.

Self-arranged 14-day quarantine accommodation

Students can also choose to self-arrange their own quarantine accommodations and would be responsible for any costs associated with this.

Please fill out the Travel to Canada Documentation Request form at least 2 weeks before your travel and upload your plan. You should also:

  • Prepare a quarantine plan that explains how your quarantine accommodations meet all federal requirements.
  • Keep a copy of this plan for yourself as you may be required to present it to a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Officer at your port of entry.

All York students, whether you choose to quarantine for the full 14-days in the York-designated hotel or choose to arrange your own quarantine, must abide by all requirements of York's approved COVID-19 readiness plan for the duration of your quarantine. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Daily check-ins with a York staff member
  • Mandatory COVID testing as per federal, provincial and local health authorities.
  • Filing your self-arranged quarantine plan with York

Full requirements will be communicated with you once when you request quarantine accommodation or file your self-arranged quarantine plan with York.

Arrange pre-arrival testing

Travellers who are eligible to travel to Canada and don’t qualify as fully vaccinated are required to provide a valid pre-entry test. According to the Government of Canada, valid pre-entry tests include:

  • Proof of a professionally administered or observed negative antigen test taken outside of Canada no more than 1 day before your scheduled flight or entry to Canada by land or water
  • Proof of a valid negative molecular test taken outside of Canada within 72 hours of your scheduled flight’s departure time to Canada or your entry to Canada by land or water
  • Previous positive molecular test result: you no longer have symptoms and provide proof of a positive molecular test taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada. Counting starts the day after your test.

 

Upon arrival

Arrival testing

Upon entry, you may be instructed to take an arrival test at the airport or given a self-swab kit. Additionally, you will be provided with a test kit to complete on day 8 of your mandatory quarantine. There is no fee for these tests.

What to expect at the border

According to IRCC, when the border services officer greets you, they look at several factors, including:

  • your reason for travelling to Canada
  • your ability to complete a 14-day quarantine period as soon as you arrive at your final destination
  • if you either:
    • have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or
    • can study online during your quarantine

You will be asked to show your ArriveCAN receipt to a border services officer when seeking entry to Canada.

A border services officer will make the final decision on whether you’re eligible to enter Canada when you arrive.

If you are not permitted entry to Canada, the quarantine documentation provided to you by York will contain an emergency contact number to speak with a designated member of York International to determine what, if anything, can be done. That said, please note that the final decision on whether you're eligible to enter Canada lies with the border services officer.

I have submitted one of the quarantine plan forms mentioned above to York, what happens next?

We are processing requests for quarantine accommodations in order of arrival dates. You will receive documents confirming your quarantine arrangements about 3-5 days before your arrival.

If you do not receive an e-mail from us within 5 days of your arrival date, please contact quarantine@yorku.ca and mark the subject line “Urgent – Traveling to Toronto on [DATE]”.

If your travel date changes or gets canceled, please inform us by completing the Quarantine Change Form.

 

Even if you are exempt as of the date of reading this information, please check the travel restrictions again before you plan to return to Canada as they may change at any time. 

Please keep yourself up to date on relevant news on the coronavirus and travel advisories and restrictions both in Canada and in your home country.

 

Quarantine and Entry to Canada FAQs

My travel date has changed or cancelled.  Do I need to tell anyone?

Yes.  Your entry support documentation and quarantine plan documentation should be recently dated.  If you need updated documentation, please complete the Quarantine Change Form.

You should also resubmit your travel details via ArriveCAN.  ArriveCAN will accept your most recent submission as the correct one.

I am outside of Canada, can I travel to Canada even though all my courses are online?

Yes. The fact that your studies are online do not prevent your entry to Canada. However, you must ensure that you meet the requirements indicated in the current travel restrictions, as explained above in "Confirm you are eligible to travel".

I'm travelling with dependents.  Will York cover their quarantine as well?

York will cover your quarantine if you are a new degree student or if you were not living in Canada for Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Summer 2021 and are returning to resume your studies.

If you have dependents travelling with you (spouse/partner, children), they may quarantine with you.  There will be additional costs that you will be responsible for paying:

Additional person with hotel-provided meals:  $57/day per person plus applicable taxes
Additional person without hotel-provided meals:  $20/day per person plus applicable taxes

You will be responsible for paying for these fees upon check out.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

My friend and I are travelling from the same country.  Can we quarantine together?

Individuals may quarantine together if they are from the same household and will be living together after quarantine.

If you were not living in the same household before travel, you will not be able to quarantine together, as per the federal Quarantine Act.

Can I bring my pet with me to quarantine?

No. The hotels York is working with do not accommodate pets.

If you have a service animal, please contact quarantine@yorku.ca

When does my UHIP coverage start?

If you are an international student who is registered as active in a degree program, you will be enrolled under UHIP within a week of arriving in Canada effective the date of your arrival (starting August 10, 2022). If you do not receive your UHIP card within the week, you may request it here.

Travel plans changed? If you decide to come to Canada at a later date or stay in your home country, please click here to update your travel plans so that your UHIP can also be updated.

For further information regarding UHIP, please visit https://yorkinternational.yorku.ca/uhip/.

I need a COVID test to return to my home country.  Will UHIP cover my COVID test?

COVID Testing for Travel Outside Canada - Announcement by the Ontario Government

As of Dec 11, 2020, the Ontario government has announced that they will no longer cover COVID testing for outbound international travellers. This announcement can be found here. UHIP will also not cover COVID testing for outbound international travellers.

If you need a COVID test for travelling outside Canada, some pharmacies like Shoppers Drug Mart* and labs like LifeLabs* are offering these tests at a cost.  UHIP does not cover any COVID test expenses.

*NOTE: It is your responsibility to check with your airline to confirm the COVID testing requirements for your flight.

I did a COVID test to enter Canada.  Do I need to take another one after quarantine?

Yes.

For travel to Canada, you will need to do three COVID tests:

  1. Pre-departure:  all air travellers must present a negative COVID test result that was taken within 72 hours of their travel to Canada.  Land travellers will also need to provide a negative COVID test taken 72 hours of pre-arrival or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival.
  2. Upon Arrival:  Canada also has a requirement for testing upon entry at Pearson International Airport, as well as in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal.
  3. Post-quarantine:  All international and domestic students who go through their institution's quarantine program must get a post-quarantine COVID test.  The province will cover the cost for international students to get this test.

If you develop symptoms during your quarantine, you will need to go for incidental testing at the time you develop symptoms.  If you get an incidental test, you will not be required to do a post-quarantine COVID test.