Travel Safe

Travelling to Canada and preparing to quarantine

Travel Safe

As classes resume on campus in Winter 2022 term, international students are expected to arrive in Canada on time to attend in-person classes on campus. Travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic requires preparation, including taking a COVID-19 molecular test up to 72 hours before the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada and making a self-isolation plan for 14 days. As a new or returning international student, you should consider the following when preparing to travel.

If you are unable to travel to Canada to attend your classes in person, you may contact us to inquire if can start your studies online from outside Canada in Winter 2022 term. Please note, not all programs are available in an online delivery format for Winter 2022. We do not recommend starting your studies online before the approval of your study permit application.

Fully vaccinated travelers may be randomly selected for a mandatory COVID-19 arrival test, which can be either conducted at the airport or you might receive a self-swab kit to take with you. If selected for testing, you will have to quarantine in a suitable place while you await the arrival test result, however, you will be allowed to take connecting flights and travel to your place of quarantine, without waiting for your arrival test results. Unvaccinated travelers, with right of entry to Canada, will continue to be tested on arrival and day 8 and quarantine for 14 days.

As of January 15, 2022, foreign nationals under the age of 18 who do not qualify as fully vaccinated travellers, will not be allowed to enter Canada, including for the purpose of studying at a DLI. Check if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller here.  

It is strongly recommended to complete full series of vaccination from the Health Canada-approved list of vaccines at least 14 days before travel to simplify arrival to Canada. If you have received your COVID-19 vaccination outside of Alberta or Canada, you can get your proof of vaccination here after you have arrived in Canada. Please note that you will have to indicate an Alberta address when requesting a QR code and therefore you will need to wait to request the proof of vaccination until after you have arrived in Alberta. Please visit the Covid-19 Updates & Resources - NorQuest College - Edmonton, Alberta page for the most up-to-date information.

International Student Quarantine Plan

All students, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to provide the college with information regarding their 14-day quarantine (self-isolation) arrangements before travelling. You will be required to enter this information into the ArriveCAN app before your trip and it will also be requested at the airport or border upon arrival. Not following Government of Canada protocols may result in being denied boarding or entry into Canada and students may also be fined in certain situations for non-compliance.

Travellers vaccinated with the full series of one of the Government of Canada approved vaccines for travel (at least 14 days before they entered Canada) may be exempt from the requirement to quarantine, subject to the Canada Border Services Agency Officer’s discretion. However, international students are still required to arrange their self-isolation accommodation for 14 days, in case they exhibit COVID symptoms while travelling or if their proof of vaccination will be deemed unacceptable.

If you are planning to travel to Canada, email travel.safe@norquest.ca as early as possible to inform us so we can ensure you have everything necessary in place for your safe travel and self-isolation. We will follow up by email during your first two weeks in Canada to check your well-being.
This page will be updated as the situation changes; check it often if you are planning to travel to Canada.

Please also refer to the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada web page to stay up to date with travel requirements for fully vaccinated travellers.

Travel requirements

Your travel arrangements must include the following:

  • proof of negative COVID-19 molecular test taken up to 72 hours before the scheduled departure time to Canada.
  • proof of vaccination in English or French. If your vaccination record was issued in a language other than English or French, it must be accompanied by a certified translation in English or French.
  • document showing the arrangements for your 14-day quarantine including arrangements for necessary supplies of food/meals, medication, and cleaning services. Be ready to show this quarantine plan to a Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer upon arrival to Canada. Download and fill out all required information in the ArriveCAN app
  • if your country of residence is on the list of the Medical Exam required countries, check your MyCIC account to ensure that your Medical Exam is still valid. If your Medical Exam was completed more than 12 months ago, you will be required to undergo another medical exam before you can travel.
  • Until January 15, 2022, unvaccinated international students will need to take an arrival test at the airport and another COVID-19 molecular test on day 8 of their 14-day quarantine. Instructions will be provided at the airport. Your quarantine will end after the 14th day only if you get a negative test result from your Day 8 test. Important: As of January 15, 2022, international students must be fully vaccinated with an accepted vaccine to travel to Canada. Exceptions will include international students under the age of 18 studying at approved institutions such as NorQuest College.
  • Use this Travel Wizard Tool to verify if you are eligible to travel to Canada.

Let us know you are travelling

All international students must notify NorQuest College if they are planning to come to Canada.

Read these instructions and fill out the form below.

  • Complete the form at least seven business days before travelling.
  • If your travel plans change, you can update your information.
  • When filling out the form, you must include your flight information. This will start the quarantine reporting process and notifications from the International office.
  • You will receive notifications through MyMail. Ensure you have access to your MyMail account, and check your notifications daily.
  • Review the eligibility guidelines before making travel plans.