International Student Travel Requirements

Starting July 5, 2021, there are exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions and are eligible to enter Canada. Current travel restrictions still apply. Read the news releaseA quarantine plan is still required for all travellers.

Government of Canada has announced easing of border measures. Read the news release. Before new measures become effective, current travel restrictions remain in place. Read more about international students and travel to Canada.

Do not book any travel arrangements until the Brock International Travel Support Team has advised you that you are eligible to do so.

Getting Started

To get started, please review and complete the steps below:

You will receive further instructions from Brock International Travel Support Team only if you meet the following criteria: 

  1. Your travel has been deemed essential as per the IRCC policies. 
  2. You are travelling one month or less prior to the start of the semester when you will be enrolled full-time.  
  3. You are eligible for UHIP coverage once you arrive in Canada or have proof of similar insurance coverage. 

You must complete the Intent to Travel to Canada form – to notify Brock of your desire to travel to Canada during the Spring/Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Winter 2022 semesters. Once your submission has been reviewed and your travel has been deemed essential, you will receive further instructions.

As per IRCC policies: 

You will likely be allowed to enter Canada if you meet these requirements; however, the final determination will be made by a government official at the port of entry.

You will not be allowed to board a flight to Canada if you do not meet the flight requirements.

Please complete the following before making any plans to travel to Canada:

  1. Intent to Travel to Canada form – to notify Brock of your desire to travel to Canada during the Spring/Summer 2021,  Fall 2021, or  Winter 2022 semesters.
    • If you are currently outside of Canada and plan on travelling to Canada, make sure you have a quarantine plan.  If you do not have one, please consult this website for instructions and download the available resource.
    • If you do not have a place to complete your mandatory quarantine, once you have completed the 3-day airport quarantine, the Brock International Travel Support Team will assist you in making the arrangements to complete the rest of required quarantine, if your submission has been reviewed by Brock International Travel Support Team and your travel has been deemed essential.
    • Assistance is available for transportation from the airport quarantine hotel to your quarantine location in Niagara if you don’t have your own plan, given that your submission has been reviewed by Brock International Travel Support Team and your travel has been deemed essential. Details about the pick-up and drop-off locations should be submitted to Brock Travel Team as early as possible, 2 business days notice at the latest. Avoid public transportation to your quarantine location. 
  2. Once you have completed the Intent to Travel to Canada form and have been deemed eligible to travel, the Brock International Travel Support Team will provide you with further instructions.

Be sure to do the following before coming to Canada:

  1. Consult the IRCC website for travel restrictions and exemptions and download the guide for international students.
  2. Undertake an immigration medical examination 2-3 months prior to travelling if you come from a designated country or territory and the previous medical examination is expiring, OR you have visited or lived in one of these countries for more than 6 months during the past year.
  3. Download ArriveCan Appand provide the required information before you board your flight. Show your ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry to Canada.
  4. Download the COVID Alert App created by the Government of Canada.
  5. Have a COVID test and bring proof of your negative test result. 
  6. Air travelers need to book their three-day hotel accommodations at a government approved hotel before boarding their flight, unless exempted. They will need to provide this information in theArriveCan App. 
  7. Bring your valid study permit or POE letter of introduction that meets the travel exemption.
  8. Bring your valid Brock letter of acceptance. 
  9. Bring proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada. 
  10. If applicable, bringing a Brock confirmation of enrollment letter is recommended, to attest your purpose of entering Canada is to study.
  11. Purchase a mask or face covering to wear throughout your travel.

Before you travel, you may contact theBorder Information Servicefor more information. A border services officer will make a final decision on your eligibility to enter Canada when you arrive. 

Priority travel support

Due to limited resources, Brock will have to prioritize our support for students that are completing their initial quarantine entry to Canada. Student support will be allocated as follows:

Initial Quarantine Entry to CanadaSubsequent or Discretionary Entry to Canada
  • New enrolled full-time Brock students
  • Enrolled full-time students living outside of Canada since March 2020
  • Students that have previously completed the travel quarantine process.
  • Students living in Canada during Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring 2021, that left Canada, and now plan to return.
  • Students currently inside Canada, that want to travel internationally and return at a later date.
Support AvailableNon-essential (Discretionary) travel includes returning to your home country, or to other destinations, at any point in time, including the upcoming spring/summer 2021 break. Students completing their initial quarantine entry to Canada will be provided with:
  • Quarantine plan registry
  • Transportation from the Toronto Airport to the Niagara Region. (If requested)
  • Free on-campus quarantine room from May 15, 2021 to August 9, 2021 (If requested)
Students completing a subsequent or discretionary entry to Canada will be provided with: 
  • Travel support/Quarantine plan letter
  • On-campus quarantine room if space is available

What you need to know before leaving your country:

Any international student with COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to board their flight to Canada.  If symptoms occur upon arrival, a health assessment will be performed by a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Officer and the individual may not be allowed to enter Canada, or if necessary, the individual may be transported to a hospital for a medical examination.  Among other requirements to be granted entry to Canada, an international student will be required to demonstrate to a Border Services Officer, or PHAC Officer, that they have a suitable plan for quarantine in place; otherwise, they may be refused entry.  Any international student who is found to be in violation of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period may be penalized under Canadian law.

Currently, international students may enter Canada for the purposes of pursuing a program of post-secondary study, for which they have secured a study permit or approval, subject to conditions set out in the Quarantine Act, and Emergency Orders made under the Quarantine Act.

All travellers entering Canada, including international students, are required to undergo the necessary health checks, must wear a non-medical mask or face covering during travel, including to their place of quarantine, and they must quarantine (if asymptomatic) or isolate (if symptomatic) for 14 days upon arrival in Canada, in accordance with the requirements set out in the Emergency Order Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation) No. 3. Upon arrival, international students must be able to demonstrate that they have a plan in place to support their initial 14-day mandatory quarantine or isolation period in Canada.

Failure to comply with this Order is an offense under the Quarantine Act. Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.  Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or to imprisonment of up to three years, or to both.  Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance.  We note that in addition to the offenses under the Quarantine Act, international students and their dependents, as Temporary Residents or Foreign Nationals authorized entry, may face consequences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, such as being deemed inadmissible and subject to a removal order, for any non-compliance with quarantine requirements under the Quarantine Act.

International students will be reminded that a student permit alone is not a travel authorization.  IRCC will communicate to international students once travel authorization has been granted and remind them that this authorization may be cancelled if the circumstances in their destined institution or province change.

International students should enter Canada with a plan for quarantining for at least 14 days in advance of their first day of their program of study in order to be in compliance with the existing Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act, requiring mandatory quarantine upon arrival.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure there are appropriate arrangements in place for their quarantine, which includes physical distancing from others, and avoiding contact with vulnerable people such as people 65 years or older, or people with underlying medical conditions.  Public living areas should be avoided.  As such, hostels and residences with shared living accommodations are not acceptable for quarantine or isolation.

In addition, students are responsible for following the requirements of federal quarantine, and other COVID-19 guidelines and advice as issued by the Government of Canada, the province or territory, the municipality where the student will reside, or issued by the institution where the student will study. International students should confirm their eligibility for health-care coverage in Canada and, if not covered, they should make arrangements to purchase comprehensive private health insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage, before departure. Upon arrival, Border Services Officers will assess the circumstances surrounding the student’s travel. Students are strongly encouraged to make use of the ArriveCan App, which makes it easier to provide mandatory information upon entering Canada.

In addition, during their stay in Canada, international students must continue to comply with the federal, provincial and territorial laws and regulations, as well as the guidelines established by local authorities and their respective institution.

To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet two (2) requirements: 

  1. You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.  
  2. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory. Brock University’s readiness plan has been and meets this requirement. 

As a student, your travel to Canada won’t be considered essential (non-discretionary) if 

  • your study program has been cancelled or suspended 
  • you’re entering Canada for any reason other than to study 

Please continue to monitor the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus disease (COVID 19): International students website for updated details.

Brock University is on thelist of DLIs with COVID-19 readiness plansapproved by the province of Ontario. 

When the border services officer greets you, they look at several factors, including:

  • your reason for travelling to Canada 
  • your ability to complete a14-day quarantine periodas soon as you arrive at your final destination 
  • if you have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or if you can study online during your quarantine. 
  • Have a valid study permit or POE letter of introduction that meets the travel exemption
  • Notify Brock International of your travel plan by filling out the Intent to Travel to Canada Form. Once you have been deemed eligible to travel, the Brock International Travel Support Team will provide you with a letter. This letter will be sent to your Brock email.  Print, sign and bring the letter with you for travel.
  • Download the COVID Alert App created by the Government of Canada.
  • Have a COVID test and bring proof of your negative test result. 
  • Air travelers need to book their three-day hotel accommodations at a government approved hotel before boarding their flight, unless exempted. They will need to provide this information in theArriveCan App
  • Purchase a mask or face covering to wear throughout your travel
  • Download and use the ArriveCan App
  • Wear amask or face coveringthroughout your travel from the airport to your quarantine location. 
  • Confirm your arrival at your quarantine location via your ArriveCAN app within 48 hours, and complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments during your quarantine period.  
  • Notify Brock International Services that you have arrived through the Arrival Check-In form or by calling 289-668-2266. 
  • Notify the Brock COVID nurse by email: You will be required to have a COVID-19 test (unless exempted), during your mandated quarantine period and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The COVID nurse will inform you of when you will be required to complete this test. Refer to the Government of OntarioCOVID Assessment website for a location near you. 
  • Submit a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during your quarantine period (unless exempted) through the ArriveCAN App or by calling a toll-free number (1-833-641-0343). Use theCOVID-19 Self-Assessment Toolprovided by the provincial government. 
  • The 14 day quarantine period will begin the day following your arrival.