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Quarantine Guide for Students

Please review our University of Toronto COVID-19 Quarantine Guide for Students as you prepare your travel plans.

As of August 9th travellers are no longer required to complete the 3-day stopover at a government authorized hotel. You may also be exempt from the quarantine program, and eight-day test, if you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine accepted by the Canadian Government (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). A quarantine plan is still required, and fully vaccinated students must register with the U of T quarantine program to ensure that they have a plan in place. Request for exemption will be considered at point of entry.

You will still be required to show a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to your flight to Canada and take a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

Information on this page may change to reflect new government regulations. Changes will be marked as updated with a corresponding date stamp.

Safe Travels!

Pre-Arrival
  • If you’re applying for a study permit, you should apply online, whether you’re outside Canada or already in Canada. The International Student Centres on all three campuses have many resources on applying for study permits.

    St. George Centre for International Experience  |  isa.cie@utoronto.ca

    UTSC International Student Centre  |  isc.utsc@utoronto.ca

    UTM International Education Centre  |  international.utm@utoronto.ca

    Once you have your approval for a study permit and are preparing to enter Canada, please carefully review the information on requirements for entering Canada on the FAQ For International Students: Entry to Canada & Pre-Arrival or the FAQ For Newly Admitted International Students.

  • If you are flying to Canada:

    Check all information below about testing required before leaving home, and hotel requirements upon landing before booking connecting flights within Canada.

    If you are driving to Canada:

    Check your border crossing site to ensure they can provide testing. After crossing the border, you must go directly to your quarantine spot and not make any stops, unless you receive an exemption because  you are fully vaccinated

     

  • The University of Toronto offers a choice of three quarantine accommodation programs. The “Backup Program” for students eligible for a quarantine exemption as per the Government of Canada, “At-Home” program for students who have their own suitable location in which to quarantine and the “Full program”.

    Students seeking an exemption due to vaccination status should still register with the U of T Quarantine Program. They will be asked to show proof of a quarantine plan at point of entry when their request for an exemption will be considered. ou will be required to provide confirmation that you are eligible to request an exemption from the quarantine program by providing a screenshot of the ArriveCan application data.  If you do not provide this confirmation and are required to quarantine, we may not be able to accommodate you in the full program.

    As part of the At-Home program, students will receive:

    • Regular online health checks by U of T’s Health and Wellness team
    • Connections with their academic division for information on programming and orientation during quarantine
    • Downloadable resources such as food and pharmacy delivery services
    • A confirmation letter to support your entry into Canada, i.e. confirming that you have registered for the program and will be receiving regular health checks during the quarantine program.
    • In addition, At-Home students will be required to complete their home COVID-19 test obtained at the border on day 8 and await negative results before coming to campus including, if applicable, moving into residence. Information on how students can be tested will be provided upon arrival.

    If you choose the At Home program but need to book a place for your quarantine, please refer to the  list of available options.

    As part of the Full program, the University will provide:

    • Virtual Assistance to support your arrival and to help you find/arrange transportation at Pearson Airport to take you to the quarantine location.*
    • Private room with washroom
    • 3 meals/day delivered to your door
    • Other supports (check in/nurse monitoring, quarantine supplies including personal thermometer, on-location staff, and connections with your academic division for information on programming, orientation, etc. during your quarantine).

    * Beginning September 7, students in the Full program will have to arrange/pay for a taxi from the airport to the quarantine location.

    If you will be requesting an exemption from quarantine upon arrival to Canada do not register in the Full program.  Please register in the Backup program otherwise cancellation charges may be incurred.

    As part of the Back Up program:

    • Students must:
    • Students will receive:
      • proof of a suitable back up quarantine plan (Full or At Home), which is required by all vaccinated individuals seeking a quarantine exemption, in the event that your quarantine exemption is not approved at the border.
    • There is no cost to register for the Back Up plan. However, if your request to be exempted from mandatory quarantine is denied at the border and your application is transferred to the FULL or AT-HOME program, you are responsible for any/all costs associated with those programs.

    All students arriving by air or land must register for a University of Toronto Quarantine Program 72 hours prior to arrival in Canada. Register for the U of T 14-day quarantine program through StarRez.

    With some limited exceptions, the University is covering the costs for students in the U of T Quarantine Programs. Find details about cancellation fees, exceptions and more at StarRez.

    Spaces for arrivals in the Full quarantine program are limited and as such, we strongly recommend students submit applications for quarantine accommodation on StarRez as soon as possible. Certain groups of students will receive priority to register for specific arrival periods.

    • First year residence students looking to arrive in August or September will receive registration priority for submitting applications in the Full program as follows:
      • Arrival in August– priority for applications submitted until July 21.
      • Arrival in September– priority for applications submitted until August 23.
    • Upper year/graduate residence students looking to arrive in August or September will receive registration priority for submitting applications in the Full program as follows*:
      • Arrivals in August – priority for applications submitted July 21 – August 2.
      • Arrivals in September – priority for applications submitted Aug 23- 31.

    Please note that the availability of spaces is not guaranteed as this will depend on the uptake during the first-year student priority period.

72 Hours Prior to Arrival in Canada

The Government of Canada requires that all students arriving by air or land complete the following tasks within 72 hours prior to arrival: 

  • Proof of a negative result is required to enter Canada. A list of accepted types of tests is available on the Government of Canada website.

  • Download the Government of Canada’s ArriveCAN app (iOS or Android); or use their accessible web app to provide your travel and mandatory quarantine plan information required for entry into Canada. The app allows you to easily and securely submit the necessary information within 48 hours before arriving in Canada, speeding up the arrival process. If you cannot use any of these options, you can still provide the information upon arrival. You will be required to show evidence of your quarantine plan to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) upon arrival.

  • Students should bring at least 14-days of any medication they will need during the quarantine period. Remember to keep all medication and key documents with you in your carry-on bag. Find more tips on planning your travel to Canada. 

Fly or Drive to Canada

Safe travels! 

Helpful Government of Canada references:  

Arriving in Canada by Flying
  • Students must take a COVID-19 test. This test is in addition to having a negative test result within 72 hours prior to arrival. However, as of August 9th, travellers who receive a quarantine exemption due to vaccine status may only require an arrival test as part of a randomized testing program.

    Helpful international airport references:

    New: As of July 6th, if you are fully vaccinated with a Government of Canada accepted vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)) you may be exempt from quarantine.  See details at the Government of Canada website.

  • At-Home Program
    Go to your At-Home quarantine location

    You will be contacted by U of T’s Health and Wellness to complete a daily health check.

    New: As of July 6th, If you are fully vaccinated with a Government of Canada accepted vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)) you may be exempt from quarantine.  See details at the Government of Canada website.

    Full-Program
    Transportation to the U of T Quarantine Location

    The University of Toronto provides transportation to the Full U of T quarantine program location for students who have arrived at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. You will be provided with details on how to confirm your transportation pick up.

Arriving in Canada by Driving
  • Upon arrival in Canada by air or land, travellers who do met the conditions for exemption due to vaccine status must take a COVID-19 test.  This test is in addition to having a negative test result within 72 hours prior to arrival.  As of August 9th, travellers who receive an exemption due to vaccine status may only require an arrival test as part of a randomized testing program.

  • Go to your At-Home quarantine location 

    You must follow the 14-day quarantine requirements established by the Government of Canada per the emergency order under the Quarantine Act.

    You will be contacted by U of T’s Health and Wellness to complete a daily health check.

    OR

    Check in at Your U of T Quarantine Location

    If you have registered for the Full program, location details will be provided directly to you.

    New: As of July 5th, If you are fully vaccinated with a Government of Canada accepted vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)) you may be exempt from quarantine.  See details at the Government of Canada website.

    If you are travelling on or after July 5, please follow the instructions in the soon to be updated ArriveCan app. We understand there will be changes in the new version regarding exemptions and government hotel stopover requirements due to vaccine status.

While in Quarantine

You must follow the quarantine requirements established by the Government of Canada per the emergency order under the Quarantine Act. 

Learn about self-care during quarantine: Guide on Self-Isolation & Staying Physically Healthy (PDF) 

  • Before leaving the airport/land border crossing, travellers are provided with a COVID-19 test kit or instructions for taking their test later during their mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Please refer to the Switch Health website for more information. While in quarantine, you must complete your Switch Health COVID-19 at-home test kit. Please follow the instructions given to you at the airport/land border crossing regarding this test.

    As part of the enforcement of the Quarantine Act, a Quarantine Compliance Officer, at the direction of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, will make random visits to those in quarantine. These check-ins are simply meant to ensure that you are meeting the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements. A check-in by police does not indicate that you have committed a crime or are in violation of the Quarantine ActClick here for more information and an official statement by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

     

  • Your academic division will be communicating specific programming for you, and we will also be offering online activities for you to participate in.

    If you have a question or concern, please email your quarantine residence life team or the main quarantine email info.quarantine@utoronto.ca.

    Before your quarantine ends you will receive a pre-departure email. Please read it carefully and make plans for your departure.

    Avoid scams: Fraudulent calls – U of T has been made aware of several scams that are targeting students. Please note that Canadian Government officials WILL NOT contact you directly and demand money in exchange for securing your Canadian status or request currencies such as Bitcoin. In addition, the Canadian Revenue Agency or Service Canada will NEVER request a payment by e-transfer, online currency such as bitcoin or pre-paid credit cards. For more information, please see the links below:

    UTSG: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/news/avoid-scams-targeting-students/

    UTSC: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/utscinternational/scams-targeting-international-students

    UTM: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/international/fraud-alert

Completing Quarantine

You must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days and have a negative test result from the Day 8 self-administered COVID-19 test.

Students in the Full program will receive a pre-departure email before the quarantine ends. Please read it carefully and make plans for your departure.

Students in the At Home program will need to complete their final wellness check-in with the University in order to leave their quarantine space.

Transportation to your Permanent Address/Residence

You are responsible for finding your own transportation to your new/permanent address and/or University residence.

If the quarantine period ends before your residence or off-campus housing move-in date, you may be able to pay a fee to remain at the quarantine location until you are able to move into residence (note that a room change may be required).  As per Ontario Public Health requirements, you must receive a negative test COVID-19 test result prior to coming on campus. To confirm that space is available to extend your stay, contact info.quarantine@utoronto.ca.

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