Immigration, Travel and Items to Bring With You
Last updated April 23, 2021
Please note that travel requirements continue to change as announcements are made by the Canadian government. We understand that these changes may be of cause for concern to students planning to come to Western in the coming days and weeks. We will provide updates as we have them. Please visit the International Arrival page for updates.
All Western University, Brescia, Huron and King's University College students arriving from outside of Canada (including international students and Canadian citizens) are required to complete a 14-day quarantine and must register their quarantine plan with Western prior to arrival in Canada.
In addition, the Canadian government is now requiring all travellers by air to reserve a three-night stay in a government-authorized hotel, as part of their 14-day quarantine. If you are planning travel, please check to see if you are eligible to apply for reimbursement for hotel costs.
Please note that travel requirements continue to change as announcements are made by the Canadian government. We understand that these changes may be of cause for concern to students planning to come to Western in the coming days and weeks. We are working to understand the impact that new requirements will have for students travelling to Canada from abroad and will provide updates as we have them.
If your travel plans change (delays, change of dates, cancellations, etc.), it is important to keep everyone updated.
- Update your Quarantine Plan with Western
- Update your Information on ArriveCan
- Contact the hotel(s) where you will be completing your quarantine with your new arrival date
- Contact RobertQ with your new arrival date (if applicable)
- Update your academic program if they are expecting your arrival
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.
As of February 22, the Canadian government has implemented additional travel requirements for all travellers arriving by air to Canada, including completing a mandatory 3-day stay at a government-approved hotel as part of their mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
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.
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 if you are entering Canada the first time
- Verification of Enrollment letter, if you studied online before entering Canada or you are re-entering Canada. Request and download a PDF letter from the Office of the Registrar in Student Center.
- Check that your medical exam (if required) is still valid prior to travelling to Canada
- Proof of funds
- Supporting documents
- Medical and immunization (vaccination) records, prescriptions and medications
- Money and a credit card that works in Canada (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
Travelling to Canada by air:
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 land:
- 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