York Quarantine Information

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Vaccine Information

Please Note: The vaccine requirement for entry into Canada is different than what is considered fully vaccinated by the province and under the University's vaccine guideline for those staying in Canada to live, work or study. 

If you have a non-Health Canada approved vaccine, you must obtain a mRNA dose or have received 3 doses of a non-Health Canada approved vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated under the University's guideline. The University is following guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Documentation Information
Do I need an Entry Support Letter (ESL)?

An entry support letter (ESL) notes your name, student ID, your current semester level, and your program. It also notes that York University has an approved COVID 19-readiness plan. Due to the easing of restrictions and opening of university of campuses/number of in-person classes, students are not required to travel with an Entry Support Letter.

York International will still provide entry support letters to undergraduate students upon request. Entry support letters are required for students who are unvaccinated and looking to travel to Canada for the purpose of studying, or, who are under the age of 17 and are unvaccinated. Please submit the Travel to Canada Documentation Request form if you require an Entry Support Letter.

If you have submitted the Travel to Canada Documentation Request form, you will receive any related documentation, including information about your quarantine plan AND your entry support letter about 7-10 days before your scheduled travel date.
If it is 3 days before your travel date and you have still not received your documentation please attend a drop-in virtual advising session or quarantine webinar to speak with a quarantine coordinator.
Who to contact: Email quarantine@yorku.ca (or regscs@yorku.ca if you are a School of Continuing Studies student). If emailing, please clearly state the date of your travel in the subject line. For example "Travel on Sept 5, 2021".

Latest Updates

  • As of April 25th 2022, all fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to provide a quarantine plan upon entry. See here for more information. All travellers entering Canada will continue to be required to input their information in ArriveCAN within 72 hours of arrival in Canada.
  • As of April 1st 2022, fully-vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to submit a pre-arrival Covid-19 test. See here for more information. All travellers entering Canada will continue to be required to input their information in ArriveCAN within 72 hours before arrival in Canada.
  • Please keep up to date with the Canadian Government Covid-19 entry requirements here.
  • As of January 15, 2022, all travellers entering Canada must be fully vaccinated with one of the accepted COVID vaccines, including international students over the age of 18.  After January 14, 2022, international students who are not fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine will be prohibited from entering Canada.  See here for more information.
  • As of November 30, 2021 Canada will expand the list of COVID-19 vaccines that travelers can receive to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of travel to Canada. The list will include Sinopharm (Beijing), Sinovac and COVAXIN, matching the World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing. More information can be found here.
  • Effective October 30th the Government of Canada has announced vaccination requirements to board a flight or train within Canada. See here for more details.
  • As of July 5 at 12:01am, fully vaccinated travellers may be exempt from some quarantine requirements. See Canada's requirements for entry for fully vaccinated travellers for more details.

 

The York University Quarantine Program includes a back up quarantine plan for fully-vaccinated travelers.

What is a back up quarantine plan? Until April 25th, Fully-vaccinated travelers arriving to Canada must have a quarantine plan that demonstrates they can quarantine for 14 days, should their quarantine exemption be denied. A back up quarantine plan provided by York U can be shown to the Canadian Border Service and can be utilized IF you are instructed to quarantine by the CBSA. York University will continue to assist fully vaccinated students that require back up quarantine arrangements.

Students under the age of 18 who are unvaccinated, or partially-vaccinated can receive a 14-night quarantine plan.

*Note: York University only covers quarantine costs for students once and for essential, non-discretionary travel.

*Note: York University only covers quarantine costs at one of our participating hotels booked via our Travel to Canada Documentation Request Form. If you plan on making arrangements elsewhere you will be responsible for the cost.

For more information, choose the option below that best describes your situation.

 

I am a fully vaccinated traveller.

*Including School of Continuing Studies.

  • I am a new or continuing international student.
  • I have received a full schedule (two doses) of a COVID vaccine approved for Travel to Canada Canada.

I am travelling to begin or resume my studies in Canada for Winter 2022 or Summer 2022 and am not fully vaccinated with one of Canada's approved COVID-19 vaccines.

*Including School of Continuing Studies.

  • I am a new international student travelling to begin my studies at York for the first time.
  • I left Canada before the start of the Fall 2020 semester (before September 2020).
  • I am travelling to Canada for the first time for the purpose of studying.
I am travelling at my own discretion in Summer 2022 and am not fully vaccinated with one of Canada's approved COVID-19 vaccines.
  • I was studying/living in Canada during the Fall 2020 and/or Winter/Summer 2021 semester, I left Canada, and now I want to return. 
  • I am currently inside Canada and I want to travel internationally and return at a later date.
  •  Non-essential travel includes returning to your home country, or to other destinations, at any point in time, including during the summer 2021 break or upcoming Winter 2021 break.

Change in travel plans? Please fill out our Quarantine Change Form.