International Student Travel Requirements

With the current COVID-19 related disruptions and travel restrictions to Canada please be fully prepared before travelling to Canada. 

​Brock University can provide personalised quarantine letters, personalised letters to support non-discretionary travel andquarantine/self-isolation options if you provide your personal details to Brock here.

Please complete the following before travelling to Canada:

  1.  A survey to inform Brock University of your plan for the Fall 2020 term.
    • If you are currently outside of Canada and plan on returning for the Fall 2020 term, make sure you have a quarantine plan.  If you do not have one, please consult this website for instructions.
    • If you do not have a place to quarantine, please contact Brock Residence at res@brocku.ca
  2. Upload your quarantine plan here. When you complete this step, personalised letters of support for travel to Canada from Brock International Services will be sent to your Brock email. 
  3. Download ArriveCan App and provide the mandatory information within 48-hours of arriving in Canada.
  4. Notify Brock International that you have arrived through the Arrival Check-In form or by calling 289-668-2266.
  5. Notify the Brock COVID nurse by email: covid19@brocku.ca.

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.

You’re exempt from the travel restrictions and are able to enter Canada if you’re travelling for a non-discretionary or non-optional purpose AND

  • you’re an international student who has a valid study permit, or
  • you were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, or
  • if you are a student travelling directly from the United States and you were approved for a study permit

Make sure you have proof that you’re exempt from the travel restrictions and that you’re travelling for a non-optional or non-discretionary purpose.

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

  • you’re already living in Canada
  • you’re able to complete a 14-day quarantine period as soon as you arrive at your final destination
  • you begin studying after you complete your quarantine
  • you need to be in Canada for your program (for laboratories, workshops)
  • pursuing your studies online is not an option at your school or not possible from your home country (due to internet restrictions or bandwidth limitation)

To support that your travel is non-optional or non-discretionary, you should bring as many documents as you can. Some things you may want to bring could include:

  • Confirmation of enrollment letter attesting you’re enrolled at Brock University
  • Letter attesting to required on-campus courses
  • Letter attesting to on-campus quarantine supervision or a personal quarantine plan
  • Previous & current rental/housing agreements that document you were already living in Canada
  • Letter from the owner of the home in which you will stay if you are staying with family or friends
  • Documentation of internet challenges (lack of broadband internet or frequent electrical outages
  • Other documents that justify your situation

Before you travel, you can 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.

  • Have a valid study permit or POE letter of introduction that meets the travel exemption
  • Notify Brock International of your departure date, airport and flight information
  • If possible, consider having a COVID test and bringing proof of your negative test result
  • Print and sign your Brock Quarantine Plan letter
  • Print your Non-discretionary Return to Canada letter 
  • If available, print a copy of your rental agreement or lease and other supporting documents to demonstrate that you have already been living in Canada or your housing agreement or lease to demonstrate you intend to establish residence in Canada
  • If you do not have transportation from the airport, Brock can provide it for you. Start by filling out Brock’s Travel Communication Follow up. If you have filled the Travel Communication Follow up form out already, Coventry Transportation will email you details at the email you provided on the form. Avoid public transportation.
  • Purchase a mask or face covering to wear throughout your travel
  • Download and use the ArriveCan App
  • Wear a mask or face covering throughout your travel from the airport to your quarantine location.
  • Download the COVID Alert App created by the Government of Canada.
  • Notify Brock International that you have arrived through the Arrival Check-In form or by calling 289-668-2266.
  • Use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool provided by the provincial government.
  • Notify the Brock COVID nurse by email: covid19@brocku.ca.
  • You will be required to have a COVID-19 test, during your mandated quarantine period.
    • You will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to the campus COVID nurse.
    • Please refer to the Government of Ontario COVID Assessment website for a location near you.