Travel Safe

Travelling to Canada and preparing to quarantine

Travel Safe

Travelling from outside of Canada to NorQuest College during COVID-19 requires preparation, including taking a COVID-19 molecular test up to 72 hours before the scheduled departure time, booking a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights in the city of first landing in Canada, and making a self-isolation plan for 11 days. As a new or returning international student, you should consider the following when preparing to travel.

International Student Quarantine Plan

This section provides guidance for all international students planning to travel to Canada on how to abide by the emergency order under the Quarantine Act enforced by the Government of Canada to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Not following Government of Canada protocols may result in being denied entry into the country and students may also be fined in certain situations for non-compliance.

This page will be updated as the situation changes; check it often if you are planning to travel to Canada.

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 phone and email during your first two weeks in Canada to check your well-being.

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
  • reservation of a 3-days hotel stopover
  • the document showing the reservation of your 14-day self-isolation location
  • arranged transportation to your self-isolation location
  • arrangements for necessary supplies of food/meals, medication, and cleaning services
  • availability of mobile and internet connection

Be ready to show this quarantine plan to a Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer upon arrival to Canada.

You will need to take another COVID-19 molecular test on day 10 of your 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 10 test.

Accommodation options for self-isolation

Having a 14-day self-isolation plan in place before departure is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. Otherwise, you may not be allowed to enter the country.

We can help arrange self-isolation accommodation at:

If you are not sure of how to arrange a self-isolation plan, email travel.safe@norquest.ca.

Medical health insurance

If you are arriving several weeks before start of the term, you must get your own private medical or travel insurance that covers medical expenses in Canada to be safe during the time until NorQuest’s health and dental insurance takes effect.

Let us know you are traveling

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 traveling.
  • 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.
  • You will receive notifications through MyMail. Ensure you have access to your MyMail account, and check your notifications often.
  • Review the eligibility guidelines before making travel plans.