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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com 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".
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.
Change in travel plans? Please fill out our Quarantine Change Form.