Quarantine information for students travelling to Canada

Are you planning to travel to Canada during the winter 2021 term? Make sure you understand the quarantine requirements you will need to follow. 

Quarantine process

All students arriving in Calgary from outside of Canada (directly or indirectly) are required by the Government of Canada to undergo a 14-day quarantine period.

Here are the steps you need to take:


Review the following:

Prepare a quarantine plan-prior to travel. Download the ArriveCAN app and provide the information to Border Services two days in advance of flight.

Inform UCalgary (sphi@ucalgary.ca) of your quarantine plans.

Update UCalgary (sphi@ucalgary.ca) on any changes to your quarantine plans.

Complete the UCalgary online arrival form once you have confirmed arrival date.


Confirm when you arrive in Calgary by emailing the University of Calgary at sphi@ucalgary.ca. Please ensure you do not miss this important required step.

Travelling to your place of quarantine

Using public transportation (buses or trains) to your place of quarantine is not allowed.

In cabs or rideshares, you must:

  • wear a mask
  • sit as far away from the driver as possible
  • not share rides
  • handle your own luggage
  • avoid stopping along the way (any stops must be essential, and you must not leave the vehicle)


Confirm, using the ArriveCAN app, that you’ve arrived at the address you provided for your quarantine. You must do this within 48 hours of your entry into Canada.

Complete, using the ArriveCAN app, daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments during your quarantine period.

Complete the mandatory forms you will be emailed daily from the University of Calgary. These forms will request information on how you are doing in quarantine.

Reach out for help if you need assistance. We are here for you:

Important updates

Documentation of a negative COVID-19 test must be presented when travelling to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to your scheduled departure to Canada.

Read the initial announcement about this requirement.  

Read more details about this testing

As of February 22, air travellers are required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. Prior to departure to Canada, they are also required to reserve a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. They must stay at their reserved hotel for up to 3 nights, at their own cost, while they await the results of their arrival test.

Travellers need to book a hotel in the city in which they first arrive in Canada. If they receive a negative result on their arrival test, they can take a connecting flight to their final destination. There are a number of hotels to choose from near each of the four international airports accepting international flights, in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Costs of these hotel stays may vary slightly at each location. It is up to the traveller to choose where they wish to stay and book in advance of departure. The price includes costs associated with the room, food, cleaning, infection prevention and control measures, and security as well as transportation. Hotel booking information is available here.

Read the full Government of Canada announcement about this requirement.