Mandatory Quarantine Program

Starting July 5, 2021, there will be some exemptions for people eligible to enter Canada, who also meet specific conditions for fully vaccinated travellers. However, all international student travelers must register for a quarantine plan regardless of vaccination status.

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.

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 arranged suitable accommodation. You can quarantine in any residential unit that has separate bathroom and kitchen facilities and not shared with anyone who isn't also in quarantine with you.

Please visit the Government of Canada website to asses your quarantine plan.

The Off-Campus Mandatory Quarantine Program includes:

  1. Red Car shuttle service from your 3-day government hotel to your off-campus accommodation (within 100km of Guelph).
  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.

Starting at 11:59 pm ET on July 5, 2021, there will be some exemptions for people eligible to enter Canada, who also meet specific conditions for fully vaccinated travellers. For more information on exemption criteria, please visit the Government of Canada website.

The booking portal is open to register for the Mandatory Quarantine Program. If you are a student travelling in May-August, 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 primary Quarantine Program option for the fall 2021 semester is the Study Safe Corridor which is a partnership between Maritime Travel and Languages Canada. Their convenient and worry-free quarantine packages are designed for international students to have a smooth entry into Canada while providing a safe and comfortable quarantine experience.

Included in their quarantine packages:

  • 11-day or 14-day hotel stay upon arrival to Toronto Pearson Airport
  • 3 meals per day delivered to your hotel room for the duration of your stay
  • COVID-safe transportation from your 3-day IRCC hote to your quarantine hotel
  • Comprehensive 4-week health insurance plan with COVID-19 coverage
  • Access to mental wellness counselling services through SAFE by Cares
  • A Canadian phone number and SIM card for your mobile device for 1 month, including 8GB of data, unlimited Canada-wide calling, and unlimited international text and picture messaging
  • All necessary documentation to ensure you are fully informed of travel and arrival requirements and have a smooth entry process into Canada or into your school's province

Bookings for the Study Safe Corridor are now available!

Limited on-campus (residence) quarantine options may be available for the fall. Availability and rates will be confirmed at a later date.

The University of Guelph is committed to supporting incoming international students. As part of this commitment, we are offering a one-time bursary to assist international students who are unable to afford all or part of the costs of the provincially mandated Mandatory Quarantine program, up to $2,500.00.

The bursary is open to new and continuing international students (both undergraduate and graduate) enrolled in full-time studies at the University of Guelph during the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms. To be reimbursed, students must have travelled to Canada by air on or after August 12, 2021. They must submit proof that they have enrolled in the University's Mandatory Quarantine Program, and completed the quarantine. The bursary will be applied against the student's account. The application form will be available August 23rd.
International Student Support
International Undergraduate In-Course Bursaries


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