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
If you have submitted a quarantine accommodation request form, you will receive any related documentation, including information about your quarantine plan AND your entry support letter about 3-5 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. Drop-in immigration advising sessions take place at least 2 times per week and weekly sessions are posted on the York International Calendar every Monday at 9 am EST. Quarantine webinars will happen twice monthly on Fridays at 9:30 am EST.
You may also wish to 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". Again, please only email if it is 3 days before your travel date and you have not yet received your quarantine documentation package.

Latest Updates

  • Please see the latest announcement by the Canadian Government regarding travel bans and upcoming testing requirements for all travellers entering Canada.
  • 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.  York strongly recommends that you make travel arrangements so that you arrive in Canada with enough time to complete your mandatory 14-day quarantine period before the start of classes. 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.
  • HOLIDAY CLOSURE: All undergraduate residences will be closed during the Holiday Closure period starting Thursday, December 23, 2021 (4:30pm) until Saturday, January 8, 2022. 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.
  • Effective August 9 at 12:01 am, there is no longer a requirement to stay at the three-night government-authorized hotel for all travellers arriving by air. See the news release from the Government of Canada 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.
  • As of April 22, 2021 at 11:30 pm (EDT), Canada has suspended all direct passenger flights from India until September 21, 2021. Passengers who travel to Canada from India via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.
  • As of February 22, 2021, international travelers arriving to Canada by air and land are subject to expanded COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements to help mitigate and stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • As of February 15, 2021, all travellers to Canada, with some exceptions, must take a COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of your flight's departure or arrival at a land border.


The York University Quarantine Program includes a 14-night stay for unvaccinated, or partially-vaccinated students who are traveling to Canada.

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

*Note: If you are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada, you are still required to have a quarantine plan that you will upload to ArriveCan app and present at the border when you arrive. York University will continue to assist fully vaccinated students that require back up quarantine arrangements.

*Note: York University only covers quarantine costs at one of our participating hotels booked via our Travel to Canada/Quarantine 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.
  • I am a new or continuing international student.
  • I have received a full schedule (two doses) of a COVID vaccine approved in Canada.

I am travelling to begin or resume my studies in Canada for Fall 2021 or Winter 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 Fall 2021 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.