Immigration and Travel Information

Last updated September 17, 3:30 pm

Effective immediately, 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, or immediately upon, arrival in Canada.

REGISTER MY QUARANTINE PLAN

If you are completing quarantine in residence or in Western-arranged off-campus accommodations, or have already completed the Quarantine Support form, there is no need to complete the new form. Volunteers will connect with you through the contact information provided in your registration.

In addition, any student who was in quarantine on August 15,2020 or arrived on or after August 15, 2020 is now required by the Ontario government to be tested for COVID-19 at the end of their quarantine period.

Please visit Western's COVID-19 testing web page for details on on-campus testing location and hours. If you have completed your 14-day quarantine and are symptom-free, you may come to campus for the test, return home and wait for results before attending class/labs/tutorials in person. Those outside of London can get tested at a local assessement centre and arrange to send test results to Student Health Care.

Before you travel

Western recommends planning the most direct travel possible to London, with minimal stops or route changes. Please plan flights accordingly. It is also recommended you fly into Canada and avoid land-border crossings from the United States if possible.

Before travelling to Canada, make sure you have what you need to show you are exempt from the travel restrictions and evidence that you’re travelling for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose.

This means:

  • you hold a valid study permit or you have been approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020; AND
  • you have an in-person course or courses (lectures, labs and/or tutorials) or in-person or research requirements; OR
  • You can’t study online from your home country because of internet restrictions or bandwidth limitations; OR
  • You can’t participate in live online classes from your home country because of the difference in time zones.

OR

  • you currently reside in the United States (US) and will be travelling from the US; AND
  • you hold a valid study permit or you have been approved for a study permit; AND
  • you have an in-person course or courses (lectures, labs and/or tutorials) or in-person or research requirements for fall 2020; OR
  • You can’t study online from your home country because of internet restrictions or bandwidth limitations; OR
  • You can’t participate in live online classes from your home country because of the difference in time zones.

If your classes from September to December 2020 are all available online, we recommend you remain in your home country until travel restrictions change, unless internet restrictions, bandwidth limitations or difference in time zones prevent you from studying online.   

Request Travel Support Letter


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 before or on March 18, 2020

At the airport, airline officials will be conducting a health check, and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to board their flight to Canada.

It is also recommended that you have a printed plan for your 14-day self-quarantine including where you will be staying and how you will access food and other necessities.


arrivecan-app.jpgGet the ArriveCAN app

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Use this mobile app at Canadian ports of entry.

Even with a support letter from Western and 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

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)
  • Study Permit OR Letter of Introduction issued by the Canadian Visa Office that approved your Study Permit
  • 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)
  • List of important phone numbers

Government of Canada Information for Travellers


Upon Arrival in Canada

Canada Border Services Agency Information for Air Travellers:

 

Canada Border Services Agency Information for Land Border Crossings:

 
Travellers entering Canada by air or by land must:

  • provide basic information using the traveller contact information form, available through:
    • the ArriveCAN mobile app
    • an accessible web-based form, or
    • a paper form
  • undergo a screening by a border services officer or quarantine officer to assess symptoms

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