Immigration and Travel Information
Last updated January 20, 2021
Government regulations require that all students travelling to Ontario from abroad be tested for COVID-19 prior to coming to Canada and after their quarantine period ends:
- All students travelling to Canada from abroad are required by the Ontario government to be tested for COVID-19 at the end of their quarantine period.
- In addition, as of January 7, 2021, all international travellers are also required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada.
Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.
All Western University, Brescia, Huron and King's University College students arriving from outside of Canada (including both international students and Canadian citizens) are also required to complete a 14-day quarantine and must register their quarantine plan with Western prior to arrival in Canada.
In addition, students arriving from outside of Canada must be tested for COVID-19 at the end of their quarantine period. Visit Western's COVID-19 testing web page for location and hours of on-campus testing. Those outside of London can obtain a test at a local assessement centre and arrange to send test results to Student Health Care. See the health care page for details.
Immigration documents and eligibility to travel
As of November 17, 2020, Western's COVID-19 Readiness plan has been approved.
If you are an international student who is currently outside of Canada, and you have a valid study permit or have been approved for a study permit, you may be able to enter Canada to study, provided you meet specific requirements and develop a safe 14-day quarantine plan.
Please be aware that borders continue to be restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students must ensure that they are able to travel to Canada and enter the country. Information regarding travel restrictions can be found on the Government of Canada website.
Before you travel
Students must plan the most direct travel possible to London, with minimal stops or route changes. Please plan flights accordingly.
Before travelling to Canada, it is mandatory that you download the ArriveCAN app and enter your travel and contact information, quarantine plan, and COVID-19 symptom assessment prior to boarding your flight or approaching a land border. A border services officer will request to see your ArriveCAN receipt.
Students must bring a valid study permit or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows that you were approved for a study permit.
As of January 7, 2021, all international travellers will also be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.
At the airport, airline officials will require you to present your negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding.
Even with a quarantine plan, before travelling it is recommended that you contact the Border Information Service for more information.
A Border Services officer will make a final decision on your eligibility to enter Canada at the port of entry.
Items to Bring With You
It is mandatory to file your quarantine plan through the ArriveCAN app. However, you may wish to print out and carry with you important details of your quarantine plan such as transportation information, address of quarantine location, plan for food and other essentials, and how you will meet all the requirements of quarantine so that you can reference this information when talking with a Canada Border Services officer.
As always, we recommend students travel with the following items on their person (not in checked luggage):
- Valid Passport and Canadian Temporary Resident Visa and/or an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) (if applicable)
- Negative COVID-19 test
- Study Permit OR Letter of Introduction issued by the Canadian Visa Office that approved your Study Permit
- Your original letter of acceptance from Western, or your verification of enrollment
- Proof of funds
- Supporting documents
- Medical and immunization (vaccination) records, prescriptions and medications
- Money and a credit card (note: you will not be able to set up bank accounts or credit cards while in quarantine, so it's important you have a means of paying for essential needs such as medications and food)
- List of important phone numbers
Upon Arrival in Canada
You must take the most direct transportation from your port of entry to your self-quarantine location, with no planned or unplanned stops. Students are not permitted to take public transportation. Please see the transportation page for travel options from Toronto Pearson Airport and London International Airport.
Once you arrive, there will be specific and mandatory health and safety requirements, including getting tested for COVID-19, disclosing test results to Western university and connecting with university staff throughout your 14-day quarantine period.
Travellers entering Canada by air or by land must:
- provide detailed information using the ArriveCAN mobile app
- provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure
- Consult the latest information from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
- Visit the COVID-19 FAQ page for International students for further information on immigration and travel.
- You may also book an appointment with one of our Immigration Advisors or contact our team for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org