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Quarantine Compliance Program

Effective April 25, 2022, all fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to provide a quarantine plan upon entry. All travellers are still required to use ArriveCan to provide mandatory travel information within 72 hours of their arrival to Canada.

Starting April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. Until then, follow the pre-entry test requirements. You must still use ArriveCAN before and after April 1.

Effective February 28, Government of Canada lightens border measures as part of transition of the pandemic response. Government of Canada lightens border measures as part of transition of the pandemic response - Canada.ca

Effective January 15: International students 18 years old and older will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the Health Canada approved vaccines listed here.

Effective November 3rd, the CBSA will no longer be restricting international student arrival to four (4) weeks before their studies begin but students will still be required to demonstrate that their travel is non-discretionary.

Effective November 20th, all students wishing to travel abroad or interprovincial will have to be fully vaccinated.

Please check the Government of Canada's website for the most up to date information about travel exemptions and restrictions for international students.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

All international student travellers to Canada 18 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine(s) at least 14 days prior to entry to Canada. Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to provide a quarantine plan upon entry and those who are selected for random testing upon arrival from countries are no longer required to quarantine in a suitable place while awaiting their test result. Registration for arrival COVID-test is suggested to ease the process upon landing in your port of entry.

If you are a fully vaccinated traveller and tests positive on your arrival test, you must isolate for 10 days and report your test result to PHAC by calling 1-833-641-0343. If you do not have a suitable place of isolation, you will be directed to a federal quarantine facility. For more information about isolation process, please visit the Government of Canada website.

Partially Vaccinated or Unvaccinated Travellers

International students under 18 years of age who do not meet the requirements of a fully vaccinated traveller and those who are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination for medical reasons may be required to quarantine for 14 days. Therefore, you must demonstrate that you have a suitable plan for quarantine. You are welcome to quarantine off campus if you have arranged suitable accommodations. You can quarantine in any private dwelling that has access to private entrance, bathroom and kitchen facilities, and that will not be shared with anyone who isn't also in quarantine with you. To assess your quarantine plan, please visit the Government of Canada website. If you need help with your quarantine plan, please contact intquarantine@uoguelph.ca.

For last minute bookings, Study Safe Corridor is available to students. This program is external to the University of Guelph and is suggested if you are unable to find a suitable off-campus option.

For more information regarding travel restrictions for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers, please visit the Government of Canada website.


Transportation Options (After Completion of Quarantine)

The transportation options listed below are for international travellers deemed exempt from quarantine from the CBSA and/or who have cleared quarantine through the Study Safe Corridor.

If the border officer determines you are exempt from the quarantine requirement upon your arrival and/or once you’ve cleared quarantine, you will need to arrange your own transportation.  There are many ways to get to Guelph, so we encourage you to carefully read the following options.

Public Transportation

Public Transportation is a great way of getting to Guelph. We encourage you to plan your trip in advance and to get all the necessary directions before you arrive in Canada. We have outlined some instructions for getting to the University using various means of public transportation. Please note that accessibility, frequency, and schedules will vary depending on the time of day and may have changed due to COVID-19. Make sure to check the public transportation website for the most accurate information before you leave.  You can use Google Map, Rome2rio or Triplinx to help you plan your trip from Toronto or Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Guelph. Note that using public transit is a cheaper option but may require more time to get to Guelph.

GO Transit

GO Transit offers two means of travel: the GO Bus and GO Train.


By Bus:
  • Total Cost: Approximately $17
  • Travel Time: 2.5 hours
  • Take Bus 7 (Airport Terminal) towards Southbound ($4 – exact change).
  • Disembark at City Centre Transit Terminal or Square One.
  • Walk to Square One GO Bus Terminal.
  • Purchase a ticket at a GO ticket vending machine or a customer service outlet for route Guelph/Mississauga westbound to Guelph ($12.75)
  • Take the Guelph/Mississauga Bus 29 to the University of Guelph.
By Train
  • Total Cost: Approximately $32
  • Travel Time: 2 hours
  • **Note: Trains are available in evenings during weekdays. Check the Kitchener (30-31-33) schedule in advance.
    • Take the UP Express Train from Terminal 1 or 3 at Pearson Airport towards Union Station ($12.35 – you can buy ticket online or at the machines).
    • Disembark from the UP Express Union Station and follow the signs for the GO Train Platform.
    • Purchase a ticket at a GO ticket vending machine or a customer service outlet for route Kitchener (Westbound towards Kitchener), destination Guelph ($16.15).
    • Take the GO Train towards Kitchener (Destination: Guelph).
    • Disembark at Guelph Central GO Station.
    • Take a City of Guelph Transit bus to University Centre in Guelph (bus 5 - Gordon, or other buses that going to the UC). Prepare $4 – exact change for Guelph Transit.
    • Be sure to ask the driver if you are not sure.

Private Transportation

For a more direct trip to the university or your final destination, you may use one of these services offered at the airport. Please be advised that these services are faster but much more expensive than using public transportation. Regardless of your method of travel, confirm your car and driver are those you requested prior to getting into a vehicle.

Red Car Service

This is the most popular option. Red Car offers a direct shuttle from the airport to Guelph. The minimum rate is $86 depending on the service selected. It is advisable to book online in advance. Visit the Red Car website for more information and to book your trip. You can use the code “UG student” to receive $15 off your first trip.

Uber

Uber is another popular option among students. While the rate from YYZ airport to Guelph varies, it is usually between $80-$110. One perk of using Uber is that you can book a car via the mobile app when you are ready to leave the airport, and it will arrive within a few minutes. You need to download the mobile Uber app and link a credit card to your account prior to booking an Uber.

Toronto Airport Taxis/Limo Services

You may also book a private taxi to Guelph from the airport. These taxis offer a flat rate between $116 and $150 depending on the company. A credit card is usually needed to book these prior to your arrival. Please note that these are private companies that may charge for additional luggage. Tipping your driver is also usually expected. If you wish to use this service, you can do an online search for "Toronto Airport Taxis". It is also possible to book a taxi at Toronto Airport, at either Terminal 1 or 3 at Arrivals Level.

If you have any questions about quarantine, please contact intquarantine@uoguelph.ca.

Campus Community Police (Emergency) 
If you experience an emergency on campus that requires fire, ambulance or police, call ext. 2000. Available 24/7. 
+1-519-824-4120 Ext. 2000 

Campus Community Police (Non-Emergency) 
Campus Community Police Special Constables are sworn in by the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and have similar powers and authorities as municipal officers. However, authority for the University Special Constables is limited to the areas within the boundaries of the University of Guelph. 
+1-519-824-4120 Ext. 52245 

Good2Talk 
Good2Talk is a free, confidential and anonymous helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365. 
1-866-925-5454 

Here 24/7 
Here 24/7 helps members of the local community (Guelph, Waterloo, Wellington, and Dufferin) with accessing services relating to addictions, mental health and crisis support. 
+1-844-437-3247 

LGBTQ Youth Line 
The LGBT Youth Line is a toll-free Ontario-wide peer-support phone line for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, queer and questioning young people. Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM. 
+1-800-268-9688 

Online fitness classes available are on-demand for students through the U of G Fitness Centre. Includes Yoga, Zumba etc.