Mandatory Quarantine Program


Please check the Government of Canada's website for the most up to date information about travel exemptions and restrictions for international students. Needing a quarantine plan is only one of multiple eligibility criteria for entry to Canada.

There are a number of essential steps required to enter Canada during the Covid-19 pandemic. Failure to follow these steps could result in fines, penalties, or being denied entry to Canada. Please review this infographic from the Government of Canada to understand the steps required to travel. In addition, all international students attending the University of Guelph are required to register with the Mandatory Quarantine Program.

All students/postdoctoral fellows entering Canada by air are required to independently book and pay for their 3-day Government Authorized Hotel. After 3 days and receiving negative results from your arrival test, the University of Guelph will arrange transportation to your quarantine location in Guelph for the remaining 11 days.

If you require support with your quarantine, the University of Guelph has the capacity to support you on campus. The On-Campus Mandatory Quarantine Program includes:

  1. Red Car shuttle service to campus after your 3-day government hotel stay.
  2. Accommodation in East Village Townhouses. You will be the sole occupant unless you request to be with co-arriving family members or other U of G students who traveled with you.
  3. Meal Plan including 3 meals delivered once per day from Hospitality. Though it is a fixed menu, we accommodate all dietary restrictions. The University of Guelph is consistently ranked #1 in Canadian universities for food and we have many international chefs.
  4. Regular check-ins from the University of Guelph to support your mental health, cultural integration, and well-being.

You are welcome to quarantine off campus if you have appropriate accommodation. You can quarantine in any residential unit (i.e. has its own bathroom, kitchen, and entrance) located in Guelph and not shared with anyone who isn't also in quarantine with you. The Off-Campus Mandatory Quarantine Program includes:

  1. Red Car shuttle service from your 3-day government hotel to your off-campus accommodation.
  2. Regular check-ins from the University of Guelph to support your mental health, cultural integration, and well-being.
  3. You are responsible for arranging and paying for your accommodation as well as planning for food and essentials to remain isolated during your entire quarantine.

For students: fees will be charged to your student account after you arrive and check-in. There is no need to pay in advance.
For postdoctoral fellows: fees can be paid in advance, or if your department is paying can be arranged through journal entry.

  1. On-Campus Quarantine for 11 days is $1,050.00 including taxes. If you are exempt from the 3-day Government Authorized Hotel, the cost for 14 days is $1,300.00 including taxes.
  2. Off-Campus Quarantine is $130.00 including taxes.

These fees reflect the full cost for quarantine. The University of Guelph has changed from an automatic subsidy to a needs-based bursary application. More information will be provided in the near future.

All students and postdoctoral fellows must register with the Mandatory Quarantine Program and complete their 14-day quarantine. The Canadian Government does not make any exemptions for people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you previously had COVID-19 and have recovered, you are exempt from the requirement for arrival testing and the 3-day Government Authorized Hotel stay. You must be symptom free and have proof of positive test results taken 14-90 days prior to your departure. You must still complete a 14-day quarantine but can proceed directly to your final place of quarantine without staying the 3-days at the hotel.

The booking portal is open to register for the Mandatory Quarantine Program. If you are a student travelling in May-July, you must be enrolled in the 2021 Summer Semester, as travelling during a "scheduled break" (i.e. during the summer semester if you are not taking courses) is not deemed as essential and you may be denied entry to Canada.

The University of Guelph is currently developing plans for the Mandatory Quarantine Program for Fall 2021 arrivals. More information will be announced as it becomes available. If you are an upper year student who is currently in Canada, we do not recommend that you travel. If you chose to travel, you will still be required to quarantine and pay all associated costs which between the Government Authorized Hotel and the Mandatory Quarantine Program could be up to $4,000.00.


For additional travel information for international students, please click here for the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have any questions about the Mandatory Quarantine Program, please contact