Health Care & COVID-19 Testing Information
COVID-19 Resources and Information
Prior to travelling and once you arrive in Canada, there are specific and mandatory health and safety requirements to follow, including getting tested for COVID-19, disclosing test results to the university, and connecting with staff at various points during the 14-day quarantine period.
- Vaccine FAQ for International Students
- Western Vaccination and Testing Centre Information
- Government of Canada Coronavirus Information Sheet for Travellers
- Ontario COVID-19 Self-Assessment
- Resources for COVID-19 in different languages
- Symptoms to Watch For After Travelling Abroad
- Quarantine Requirements and Information
COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Travel to Canada
Government regulations require all travellers coming to Canada from abroad be tested prior to departure.
Non-vaccinated, partially vaccinated or those vaccinated with non Health-Canada approved vaccines will be tested upon arrival and on day 8 of their 14-day quarantine period.
Travellers who meet the Government of Canada requirements for full vaccination will only be tested upon arrival if randomly selected, and will not be required to complete the day 8 test.
Arrival (Day 1) and Day 8 Testing
Travellers entering Canada at the land border will be provided two COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection Kits. The first is to be used on the day they arrive in Canada. The second is to be used on day 8 of their 14-day quarantine.
Travellers arriving by air who must quarantine will be required to take a test before leaving the airport. They will also be provided with a COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection Kit to use on day 8 of their mandatory 14-day quarantine. If you are arriving in Toronto, you must register here for your test in advance.
- To view the eligibility requirements for the quarantine exemption, please visit the Vaccine Information page.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
You must continue to monitor your health for:
- Difficulty breathing
If your symptoms get worse (cough, shortness of breath, or fever equal to or greater than 38°C, or signs of fever e.g. shivering, flushed skin, excessive sweating), immediately call the public health authority and describe your symptoms and travel history, and follow their instructions.
Student Health Care at Western
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
Check Clinic Operating Hours
On-Campus COVID-19 Testing
- COVID-19 testing is available to all students through Western's Vaccination and Testing Centre
- If you are in quarantine and experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact Student Health at 519-661-3030 to arrange an appointment. Visit the Student Health Care appointments page.
Other Health Care Needs
- The Student Health Care Clinic is available to all students for other health care concerns during the quarantine period and throughout your time at Western. Contact them by calling 519-661-3030 or visit the appointments web page.
- The on-campus University Pharmacy is able to make deliveries to students whether on or off campus. Other local pharmacies also make deliveries. Please see the "Other Support Needs" web page for details.
- Mental Health Counselling is also available to all students who require mental health supports during and after their quarantine. Book an appointment by calling 519-661-3030.
UHIP is specifically for international students and covers hospital and medical services that you might need to maintain your health while at Western.
Students arriving before September 1, 2021 can enroll in UHIP early free of charge starting from August 10, 2021 or their arrival date, whichever is later. Students arriving before August 10, 2021 can enroll in UHIP at a rate of $60 per month which will be added to their tuition amount. To adjust your UHIP effective date, provide your arrival date to Diana Ostia at email@example.com and attach valid proof such as a plane ticket or boarding pass.
UHIP will support diagnosis and treatment of illness, including COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 is also covered under the UHIP plan. Prescription drugs and dental care are NOT covered by UHIP.
The USC plan provides supplementary health insurance for all undergraduate students for items such as dental care and prescriptions. Returning students who are arriving in advance of the beginning of the winter term will have continuing coverage under this plan.
The SOGS plan provides supplementary health insurance for all graduate students for items such as dental care and prescriptions. Returning students who are arriving in advance of the beginning of winter term will have continuing coverage under this plan.
Other Health Information