International Student Travel Requirements

Brock University’s COVID-19 readiness plan has been approved by the Province of Ontario and Brock University is on the list of approved DLI’s able to reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada.

Brock University will provide you with the documents needed for travel including a personalised letter to support non-discretionary travel and quarantine/self-isolation options once you provide your personal details to Brock here.

Important update(s)

Brock University has announced plans for a progressive return to campus. For further information click here.

Brock University has extended the date for withdrawal with a full refund for undergraduate students with January 2021 entry who have received a study permit REFUSAL prior to February 12, 2021, or who have NOT yet received their study permit approval until February 12, 2021. Eligible students must have applied for the study permit within 30 calendar days of the issue date of their letter of offer from Brock University. Administrative fees may apply.

As of Jan. 7, the Government of Canada is requiring all incoming travellers to present a Covid-19 negative test result. Please read additional details here:

Government of Canada – News Release (Dec. 31)

Canada Border Measures & Requirements

Brock University’s COVID-19 readiness plan has been approved by the Province of Ontario and Brock University is on the list of approved DLI’s able to reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada. Learn more on our travel requirements webpage.

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Please complete the following before travelling to Canada:

  1. The Winter Travel Information Form to inform Brock University of your plan for the Winter 2021 term. 
    • If you are currently outside of Canada and plan on returning for the Winter 2021 term, 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 quarantine, please contact Brock Residence at res@brocku.ca for on campus options prior to December 9 or after January 3, email brocktravel@brocku.ca for off campus options. It is strongly recommended to quarantine in the Niagara region. Arrange for food during your quarantine, email dining@brocku.ca 
    • Transportation from Pearson airport in Toronto to your quarantine location in Niagara can be arranged if you provide us with your exact travel plans. Avoid public transportation to your quarantine location. 
  2. Once you complete this form, a personalisedletter of support for travel to Canada from Brock International Services will be sent to your Brock email.  Print, sign and bring the letter with you for travel.  
  3. Consult the IRCC website for travel restrictions and exemptions and download the guide for international students.
  4. Download ArriveCan Appand provide travel and contact information, a quarantine plan, and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment 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. Bring your valid study permit or POE letter of introduction that meets the travel exemption.
  7. Bring your valid Brock letter of acceptance. 
  8. Bring proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada. 
  9. If applicable, bringing a Brock confirmation of enrollment letter is recommended, to attest your purpose of entering Canada is to study.
  10. 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. 

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 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 Non-discretionary Return to Canada and Brock Quarantine Plan 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 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: covid19@brocku.ca. You will be required to have a COVID-19 test, during your mandated quarantine period and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 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 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.