Self-Isolation Supports for International Students
How do I plan for quarantine?
All travelers who are eligible to enter Canada must follow current testing and quarantine requirements, unless eligible for an exemption.
In general, steps include preparing a 14-day quarantine plan, completing pre-departure Covid-19 testing, registering for ArriveCAN app, booking government 3-day hotel stay, registering for arrival Covid-19 testing.
It is your responsibility to be informed of current travel requirements. Detailed instructions are available below for Canadian Government Requirements:
You must follow federal (Canadian) government guidelines for quarantine plans and follow any requirements for the province that you are entering in Canada.
The University of Calgary's quarantine information webpage explains how to prepare before, during, and after arriving in Canada and how to stay in contact with the University. Start with this page. You must inform the university of your plans before you travel.
Mandatory 3-Night Hotel Stopover
Effective February 22, the Government of Canada is requiring travelers entering Canada to stay 3-nights in a designated hotel quarantine location, while awaiting their COVID-19 test results. For more information and to confirm if you are exempt, please visit:
- COVID-19 mandatory hotel stopover: Booking and list of government authorized hotels
- COVID-19 mandatory hotel stopover: About
- Exemptions from Testing and Quarantine
You must have a quarantine plan ready before you arrive in Canada for the remainder of the 14 day quarantine (after the 3 nights in hotel). Or, if you are exempt from the mandatory 3-night hotel stay, you must have a plan for a 14 day quarantine in case you are deemed ineligible for the exemption while travelling or upon arrival.
- If you have a guaranteed spot in on-campus residence, visit the Residence Services website for information about eligibility to arrange quarantine and deadlines.
- If you’re planning to live off-campus, you'll likely need to arrange short-term accommodation for your quarantine.
Learn more about options and preferred hotel rates for UCalgary students below.
Effective August 9, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the 3-night mandatory hotel quarantine requirement will be removed for all travellers to Canada; however, all travellers must still have an approved quarantine plan. Unvaccinated travellers will continue to quarantine for a period of 14 days upon arrival.
For more details, please visit:
Expenses: budget for a temporary stay in quarantine accommodation (consider cost of accommodation and grocery or meal delivery if needed).
Grocery and meal delivery: research your accommodation to determine whether these services are included; if not, learn more about local options on the Shopping page, also view the apps below for grocery and food delivery services.
Payment options: bring an international credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or prepaid VISA to allow for smooth online payment for any items that you need to buy remotely while in quarantine
Cell phone or internet access: you must go directly to your quarantine accommodation, so you will not be able to purchase a Canadian cell phone or SIM right away. We recommend bringing a wifi-compatible laptop or cell phone (which you can keep on “airplane mode” to avoid charges) in order to access the internet while you are isolating.
- Check if you need adaptors for your devices for North American electrical outlets/charging
You’ll be able to access key UCalgary services through the website and email advising as long as your accommodation has wifi and you have a compatible device.
You must travel directly from the airport to your quarantine location without stopping. The most-direct option would be to take a taxi or ride-share (Uber). If you’ve arranged hotel accommodation, check to see if they have a special taxi rate or a shuttle service provided.
Learn more about transportation from the airport to the UCalgary campus below.
What can I do while in quarantine?
It’s important to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, take time to check in with family or friends back home, rest and relax after your travel, and start getting connected with UCalgary staff, students, and resources.
While you are in quarantine, you must submit daily updates through the ArriveCAN app and through the UCalgary quarantine survey.
Your physical and mental health and well-being is most important. Before you travel, we recommend you review the helpful resources on the Alberta Health Services website so you know what symptoms to watch for and what to do if you have any minor or emergency concerns. In particular, please review:
Important & Emergency Contacts:
- Stay in touch with your family or friends to let them know how you are doing
- If you get symptoms, have non-emergency concerns about your health or questions about COVID, call Health Link 811.
- If you are severely ill and in need of immediate medical attention call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19. 911 is the number for emergency services in Canada (ambulance, fire services, police).
Learn more about arranging medical insurance: ucalgary.ca/student-services/iss/resources/medical-insurance.
Learn more about the services and support available for UCalgary students through Student Wellness Services: ucalgary.ca/wellness-services.
There are some tasks you can start remotely while in quarantine. But, you can also complete them once you have finished your quarantine.
- Review the New International Student Checklist and consider submitting documents online for:
- Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- Explore setting up a Canadian bank account remotely. Learn more here.
- Explore setting up a Canadian cell phone plan remotely. Learn more here.
- Start your online search for a long-term off-campus accommodation (if needed). Use the time to research what's available and possibly schedule viewings for once your quarantine has ended. Do not rent accommodation without first viewing it and talking to the landlord/other roommates. Learn more here.
- There’s lots of content available online to work through at your own pace.
Consider ways to communicate and socialize with fellow students remotely, fill your time with fun or relaxing personal hobbies, and prepare yourself for your studies at UCalgary. Some suggestions include:
- Bring a favorite book, video/computer game, or light activity with you. Or, consider how to access these online.
- Sign up for an International Student Mentor! They can help answer questions you may have about studies as a UCalgary student. Learn more here.
- Review and register for summer series events, welcome webinars, social events, and orientations.
- If you belong to a faith community or want to learn more about how to practice while in isolation, visit the Faith and Spirituality Centre website here.
- Check out some virtual Zoom backgrounds from different locations around the city of Calgary! It’s a fun way to feel connected to Calgary even if you’re studying remotely or from another city or country. Learn more here.
- Calgary Travel Guide – How to Travel Calgary
- Alberta Travel Guide - How to travel Alberta
- Alberta from Above – Aerials of the province in 4K
- Remember to Breathe – Travel Alberta
- Fun things to do in Calgary area during COVID