International Students Arriving in Canada
- Have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival in Canada.
- Must stay at a Government of Canada approved hotel near the airport while waiting for the results of a mandatory COVID-19 test taken upon arrival at the airport.
- Quarantine in either the “Full UofT Program” or the “At-Home” program. [Note: UofT is covering the costs associated with this 14-day quarantine period. If a student leaves and comes back, the 2nd and subsequent 14-day quarantine periods are not covered. Student can apply for financial assistance.]
- Financial assistance can be applied to the UofT Undergraduate Emergency Grant or the School of Graduate Studies Emergency Grant Program.
Excerpts from: www.viceprovoststudents.utoronto.ca/covid-19
Arriving by air
As of February 22, 2021, students arriving by air must stay at a Government of Canada approved hotel near the airport while they wait for the results of a mandatory COVID-19 test taken upon arrival at the airport. Please see the links below for further information, including the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival in Canada, hotel booking information and ArriveCAN app details:
- Government of Canada: Flying to Canada checklist
- Government of Canada: Bookings and lists of hotels
- Government of Canada: Traveller expectations during hotel stay
- University of Toronto: Emergency Funding - undergraduate | graduate
- University of Toronto: Quarantine Programs
Following the mandatory hotel stopover and upon receipt of a negative COVD-19 test, students will complete their quarantine time in the University of Toronto program. Further information about the government-mandated program is available upon registration.
- Toronto Pearson Airport: COVID-19 Testing
If you are arriving at Calgary International Airport, Vancouver International Airport or Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, you must complete the mandatory stopover in that city before travelling on to Toronto.
Following the mandatory hotel stopover and upon receipt of a negative COVD-19 test, students will be able to complete their travels to Ontario and their quarantine time in the University of Toronto program. Further information is available upon registration in the program.
If you are driving to Canada
As of February 22, 2021, students arriving by a land border must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. This test is in addition to having a negative test result with 72 hours prior to arrival. See links below for further information including testing requirements, booking information and ArriveCAN app details.
- Government of Canada: Driving to Canada checklist
- Government of Canada: Backgrounder including list of Land Ports of Entry with onsite testing
- University of Toronto: Quarantine Programs
University of Toronto Quarantine Programs
There are two programs: the Full UofT program and the “At-Home” program for students who have their own suitable location in which to quarantine.
As part of the Full program, the University will provide:
- Transportation from the Government of Canada designated hotel to the UofT quarantine location. If you are travelling from another Canadian city where you completed your mandatory hotel stopover, transportation will be provided from Toronto Pearson Airport to the UofT quarantine location.
- Private room with washroom
- 3 meals/day delivered to your door
- Other supports (daily 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)
- On-site COVID-19 testing
As part of the At-Home program, students will receive:
- Regular 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 get a COVID-19 test 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.
Registration for the At-Home and Full program is available at starrez.utoronto.ca (students will need to login using their JOIN/UTORid). Currently, registration is available for arrivals up until March 31st. An update will be provided regarding quarantine support beyond the end of March on this website and StarRez on March 15th.
Students will need to sign and agree to comply with self-isolation protocols aligned with relevant government guidance, and remain in their rooms for the quarantine period. Guests will not be allowed during this time.
International Students Leaving Canada and Returning
All students are encouraged, if possible, to avoid international travel right now because it may be difficult to re-enter Canada, as pandemic circumstances change frequently. If you do need to return home, please review your study permit and other immigration documents for the expiry date before you leave the county.
If your study permit and temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA), are still valid for your planned return to Canada, you’ll have to provide confirmation of enrolment at U of T, proof of sufficient funding for studies in Canada and submit travel and contact information, quarantine plan, negative COVID-19 test and information to the Government of Canada via the ArriveCAN app (iOS or Android) or the accessible web app.
Please note that the University is covering the costs for students’ initial U of T 14-day mandatory quarantine accommodation. However, if you are required to quarantine again at a later date (e.g. if you leave and return to Canada), you will be required to cover the cost of the additional quarantine(s). If you are in need of financial assistance to help with the costs of quarantine, please apply for financial assistance.
If your study permit, temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA), expire before your return to Canada, you should be aware of new procedures regarding applying for a new temporary resident visa (TRV) or electronic travel authorization (eTA). This is particularly important if you’ve already applied for a study permit extension because there are additional actions you must take. You may speak with the international student immigration advisors on your home campus (UTM, UTSC, or St. George to work out what you need to do in this situation. You can book a phone or virtual appointment or send an email.
Cost of Quarantine
- Do I need to pay for the government hotel stopover?
- Is there financial support available to cover the costs of the quarantine?
Both responses refer to the following for those in need of financial assistance to help with the costs of quarantine.
Excerpt from School of Graduate Studies Emergency Grant Program:
UofT Quarantine Assistance
Graduate students who have completed their mandatory stay at an approved Government of Canada hotel, and have registered with the U of T quarantine program (either the Full UofT Program or the “At-Home” quarantine program), may request financial assistance to help offset the cost specific to the student’s mandatory hotel stay. Students will be required to submit the paid hotel receipt upon application and verify they are registered with the UofT Quarantine Program.
Students seeking assistance are asked to email the SGS Financial Advising Team to inquire about a COVID-19 grant. Please include “Federal Hotel Quarantine” in the email subject line.
To register with the U of T Quarantine Program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly or refer www.viceprovoststudents.utoronto.ca/covid-19/#Quarantine for more information on UofT Quarantine Accommodation.