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. Having a suitable quarantine plan is only one of multiple eligibility criteria for entry to Canada.

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

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently released new information for international students who wish to travel to Canada. Part of the update states:

"To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet 2 requirements:

  1. You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.
  2. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory."

The University of Guelph is on the Approved DLI List for COVID-19 readiness. International Students are now eligible to travel to Canada. Before travelling, make sure you have the following documents prepared:

  • a letter confirming you are enrolled at the University of Guelph and registered with the Mandatory Quarantine Program. This letter will be provided to you by the University, once you register for the U of G's Mandatoy Quarantine Program
  • a valid or approved study permit (permits must be fully approved, not Approved in Principle)
  • a valid passport
  • an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or an entry visa
  • proof that you have enough money to supporty yourself and any family members who come with you to Cananda

Mandatory Quarantine Program

As of November 3, 2020 all international students (and any accompanying family members) who enter Canada to study at the University of Guelph are required to register for the Mandatory Quarantine Program and select one of the options described below:

1. On-Campus Quarantine in Guelph

This program is available to all students (and accompanying family members) entering Canada and includes the following key components:

  • Transportation from the airport* to campus organized by the University of Guelph and provided by Red Car service. (*Toronto Pearson International Airport, Hamilton International Airport, or Waterloo International Airport. All Red Car services meet public health, IRCC, and CBSA safety guidelines for physical distancing).
  • 14 days quarantine accommodations in Student Housing, with full meal service.
  • COVID-19 testing administered by Student Wellness Services following Public Health guidelines.
  • Daily wellness check-ins with Residence Life Staff.
  • Education and entertainment programming provided by the International Student Experience Office and other Student Affairs program providers.

The University of Guelph will cover all costs (approximate value: $600) related to:

  • Ground transportation from the airport to quarantine
  • COVID-19 testing, and
  • On-campus accommodation.

Students in on-campus quarantine are required to purchase a meal plan at a total cost of $610.95+tax.

2. Off-Campus Quarantine

This program is only available to students (and accompanying family members) who have private off-campus accommodation within the city limits of Guelph that is not shared with another person who is not also co-arriving into quarantine. Students arriving from outside of Canada are not permitted to enter homes with housemates until after completing the 14-day quarantine period and receiving a negative COVID-19 test. The off-campus program includes:

  • Transportation via Red Car service from the airport* to the place of quarantine (*Toronto Pearson International Airport, Hamilton International Airport, or Waterloo International Airport. All Red Car services meet public health, IRCC, and CBSA safety guidelines for physical distancing).
  • COVID-19 testing administered by Student Wellness Services.
  • Daily wellness check-ins.
  • Education and entertainment programming provided by the International Student Experience Office and other Student Affairs program providers.

The University of Guelph will cover all costs (approximate value: $175) related to:

  • Ground transportation from the airport to your place of quarantine.
  • Transportation for COVID-19 testing.

Students in off-campus quarantine are required to have suitable housing and arrange for their own food and essentials.

Food suggestions for off-campus quarantine:

  • Grocery Delivery Service in Guelph - Instacart is a 3rd party delivery service that offers delivery from Zehrs, Walmart, Costco, Shoppers Drugmart, etc.
  • Restaurant Delivery Services - There are many delivery options for prepared food in Guelph. You can use google to find them or with a service such as Skip the Dishes, Door Dash, or Uber Eats for online ordering. Just be sure to arrange for contactless delivery.
  • Friend/Family - You can arrange for someone else to do your shopping. We would recommend that they do your food shopping before you arrive and leave food in your place of quarantine. If they need to shop while you are in quarantine, make sure they leave the food outside of your door for a contactless delivery.

Due to the serious nature of the COVID-10 pandemic and the University of Guelph's responsibility for ensuring the safety of our university communities, participation in this program is mandatory. Failure to comply will be viewed as a violation of the university's Policy on Non-Academic Misconduct, and could also result in penalties as laid out by the Quarantine Act, Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada, and the Canadian Border Service Agency.

14-day quarantine in NOT OPTIONAL for those entering Canada:
Every person who fails to comply with obligations outlined in the Quarantine Act is guilty of an offense under the Quarantine Act. Every person who fails to comply with an obligation imposed under the Quarantine Act is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months. Further, a person who causes risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine up to $1,000,000 or to imprisonment of up to three years, or to both. Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance. In addition to the offenses under the Quarantine Act, international students and their dependents, as Temporary Residents or Foreign Nationals authorized entry, may face consequences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, such as being deemed inadmissible and subject to a removal order, for any non-compliance with quarantine requirements under the Quarantine Act.

If you are an international student planning to enter Canada you must register for the U of G's Mandatory Quarantine Program prior to departure. Click here to register.

Additional information for international students can be found under the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have any questions about the Mandatory Quarantine Program, please contact intl.student@uoguelph.ca.