Steps for Students Travelling to Canada

Please read each step carefully to understand the requirements for fully vaccinated and partially/unvaccinated travellers. If you have questions, contact iescwelcome@uwo.ca. To view the full list of exemptions please visit the Vaccine Information page. 

Lines marked with an asterisk* below indicate a step in arriving to Canada that may be modified for fully vaccinated traveller eligible for exemptions.

Planning your trip

  1. Ensure that you are eligible to travel to Canada.
  2. Review the government checklist for flying or driving to Canada.
  3. Carefully review the requirements for quarantine set forth under the Quarantine Act.


Booking your travel & accommodations

  1. Register for your airport test if travelling by air.*
  2. Book quarantine accommodations.
  3. Book transportation to self- or Western-arranged quarantine location.
  4. Register your Mandatory Quarantine Plan.


Before you depart

  1. Ensure you have all the necessary documents and items required to travel to Canada.
  2. Download the ArriveCAN app and enter your travel and contact information, quarantine plan, and COVID-19 symptom assessment.*
  3. Take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of your departure and present the negative test result to the airline prior to boarding your flight.


Upon your arrival

  1. Complete your arrival (Day 1) test.*
    • Travellers entering Canada at the land border will be provided two At Home Specimen Collection Kits: one to use on the day they arrive in Canada and one to use on Day 8 of their quarantine. Travellers who are exempt from the 14-day quarantine are not required to complete the Day 8 test and will only have to complete a Day 1 test if randomly selected.
    • Travellers entering Canada by air will be required to take a COVID-19 test before leaving the airport and will be provided one At Home Specimen Collection Kit to use on Day 8 of their quarantine. Travellers who are exempt from the 14-day quarantine are not required to complete the Day 8 test and will only have to complete a Day 1 test if randomly selected.
  2. Use ArriveCAN to confirm you have arrived at your quarantine location within 48 hours of your entry to Canada and to complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments.
  3. Completion of testing on Day 8 of your 14-day quarantine.*
  4. If you arrived prior to August 9, apply for reimbursement for your 3-day government-authorized hotel stay (if applicable).