International Student Travel Requirements

Do not book any travel arrangements until you have met all of the requirements. All international students are to register their travel and quarantine information with Brock International Services regardless of their vaccine status.

Important changes:

Click here to find out more about changes related to the Omicron variant of concern.

Winter Term classes will start virtually on Monday, January 10, 2022. On-campus classes are planned to resume on Jan. 31, 2022. Follow Brock’s COVID update here.

Starting November 30, 2021, Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN will be accepted by the Government of Canada for travel. As of January 15, 2022, international students (18 years of age and over) will ONLY be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada. Read more here.

There are new requirements for all fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted entry and have been in any country other than Canada or the United States in the 14 days before arriving in Canada. Fully vaccinated travellers who are selected for arrival testing must quarantine in a suitable place until they receive a negative test result. The Government of Canada is increasing the number of fully vaccinated travellers being selected for testing to reach 100% of vaccinated travellers in the coming weeks. Requirements for unvaccinated travellers remain unchanged. All travellers are strongly encouraged to pre-register for an on-arrival COVID-19 molecular test in advance of landing in Canada to avoid lengthy lines and delays in processing.

Given the rise in Canada and abroad of COVID cases related to the Omicron variant, governments have revised their travel advisories. The Government of Canada is now advising against all non-essential travel, while the Government of Ontario also hosts a webpage about logistical considerations related to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some provinces have imposed additional restrictions or requirements that limit or complicate inter-provincial travel. Finally, insurers are also putting in place provisions that limit existing coverage related to COVID.

As a result of the changing public health situation, Brock is revising its travel guidance for faculty members, staff, and students. Members of the Brock community are encouraged to abide by all travel restrictions and to limit both domestic and international travel to essential activities only. Read more here.

Getting Started:

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

You can plan your travel only if you meet the following criteria: 

  1. You will be allowed to enter Canada as per the IRCC policies. 
  2. You are eligible for UHIP coverage once you arrive in Canada or have proof of similar insurance coverage. 

Students must complete the Travel and Quarantine Plan Registry Form – to notify Brock of their plan to travel to Canada during the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters. Upon completion, you will receive an automated Quarantine Plan Agreement letter that can be used as a supporting document during your travel.

**If you are a returning student who had completed the Travel and Quarantine Plan Registry Form in the past, please contact us at brocktravel@brocku.ca directly to provide your travel information.

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 read through the following and complete applicable steps before making any plans to travel to Canada:

  • Travel and Quarantine Plan Registry Form – to notify Brock of your plan to travel to Canada during the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters.
    • You are travelling to attend the semester that you are enrolled full-time.
    • 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.
    • Upon completion of the form, you will receive an automated Quarantine Plan Agreement letter that can be used as a supporting document during your travel.
      • Please note, even if you mee the exemption for fully vaccinated travellers, a quarantine plan is still required to present at the Canadian border. This automated Quarantine Plan Agreement letter can be used as a supporting document to your quarantine plan.
      • If you make a mistake in the form or have changes in your travel information, it still should not affect your entry to Canada as this document is not mandatory. 
    • If you are a returning student who had completed the Travel and Quarantine Plan Registry Form in the past, please contact us at brocktravel@brocku.ca directly to provide your travel information as below:
      • Date of Arrival: YYYY-MM-DD
      • Country of Departure
      • Arrival Airport & Flight Number(s)
      • Address of Quarantine Location
  • Post-arrival resources
    • Meal or groceries delivery
    • You may want to consider the following airport transport companies:
      Niagara Air Bus
      Coventry Transportation
    • You may want to consider the following hotels that offer a special rate for
      Brock students:
      Holiday Inn & Suites
      Standard Room with Meal Package (3 meals daily)
      Nightly Rate – $161.50 plus applicable taxes and fees
      Hampton Inn
      Standard Room with Meal Package (3 meals daily)
      Nightly Rate – $161.50 plus applicable taxes and fees
      Best Western
      Standard Room with Meal Package (3 meals daily)
      Nightly Rate – $151.50 plus applicable taxes and fees
    • Keep your receipts for the quarantine hotel and transportation payment as you might need to provide them to Brock International Travel Support Team. 

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. Make sure you have a quarantine plan. There are exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions and are eligible to enter Canada. Current travel restrictions still apply. A quarantine plan is still required for all travellers. If you do not have one, please consult this website for instructions and download the available resource to help you draft one.
  3. 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.
  4. Download ArriveCan Appand provide the required information before you board your flight. Show your ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry to Canada.
  5. Download the COVID Alert App created by the Government of Canada.
  6. Have a pre-departure COVID test and bring proof of your negative test result. 
  7. Bring your valid study permit or POE letter of introduction that meets the travel exemption.
  8. Bring your valid Brock letter of acceptance if you are a new student. 
  9. If applicable, bringing a Brock confirmation of enrollment letter is recommended, to attest your purpose of entering Canada is to study.
  10. Bring proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada. 
  11. Students must complete the Travel and Quarantine Plan Registry Form – to notify Brock of their plan to travel to Canada during the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters. Upon completion, you will receive an automated Quarantine Plan Agreement letter that can be used as a supporting document during your travel.
    • If you make a mistake in the form or have changes in your travel information, it still should not affect your entry to Canada as this document is not mandatory. 
  12. Purchase a mask or face covering to wear throughout your travel.
  13. Understand the requirements of COVID-19 proof of vaccination OR get your Canadian version of COVID-19 proof of vaccination if applicable:
    1. Report your vaccine received out of Ontario (or out of Canada) here;
    2. Get a code in the absence of OHIP card; 
    3. Get the Canadian version of proof.
  14. Brock Students, staff and faculty are required to submit proof of their vaccination. You can submit your proof of vaccination here.
  15. Before you travel, you may contact the Border Information Service for more information. A border services officer will make a final decision on your eligibility to enter Canada when you arrive. 

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 are not exempt
  • 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 Travel and Quarantine Plan Registry Form. Upon completion, you will receive an automated Quarantine Plan Agreement letter that can be used as a supporting document during your travel.
  • Download the COVID Alert App created by the Government of Canada.
  • Have a pre-departure COVID test and bring proof of your negative test result. 
  • 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, unless exempted.  
  • Notify the Brock COVID nurse by email: covid19nurse@brocku.ca. The COVID nurse will inform you of when you will be required to complete the further test.  
  • 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.

Depending on the criteria below, you will be expected to meet the following requirements before being able to enter into Canada.

Fully VaccinatedNot Fully Vaccinated
Quarantine planYes Yes
Pre-entry TestYes Yes
On-Arrival TestRandom selection Yes
Day 8 TestNo Yes
Hotel Stop OverNo No
14-day quarantineNo Yes

**As of December 2021, there are new requirements for all fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted entry and have been in any country other than Canada or the United States in the 14 days before arriving in Canada. Fully vaccinated travellers who are selected for arrival testing must quarantine in a suitable place until they receive a negative test result. The Government of Canada is increasing the number of fully vaccinated travellers being selected for testing to reach 100% of vaccinated travellers in the coming weeks. Requirements for unvaccinated travellers remain unchanged.

Brock is committed to delivering to students a high-quality education and providing an outstanding experience while taking steps to address COVID-19. You can find more information on this FAQ page.