Travel Considerations During Covid-19 

This webpage was last updated: June 14, 2022

As you consider travelling to Carleton for research purposes, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the various aspects involved in research mobility in relation to Covid-19 and all restrictions, rules, and advice from authorities (federal, provincial and municipal). The links below are provided for information purposes only. While we make every effort to offer up-to-date information, it is provided on an “as is” basis.

Covid-19 has increased the risks, costs, and requirements of travel that visiting researchers should prepare for. The global pandemic situation frequently changes and travellers must keep themselves informed of the most up-to-date travel advisories for both their home country and Canada.

All inbound visiting researchers must follow requirements by the Canadian Government for travel to, arrival in and staying in Canada.  As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the evolution of the virus and public health conditions are difficult to predict, so university plans regarding COVID vaccination requirements may be adjusted by these evolving conditions to ensure everyone’s health and safety and to comply with public health advice or any applicable legal requirements.

Carleton University recommends visitors attest to their vaccination status in cuScreen and maintain an up to date vaccination attestation in cuScreen.

Host supervisors, along with the visiting researchers, are expected to have emergency plans in place related to Covid-19, including but not limited to, longer than expected stays in Ottawa or early return home by the visiting researcher.

Given that the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing, there are new costs and risks associated with travelling, entering Canada, and conducting research on Carleton campus. Please be aware of and prepared for the following:

  • Visiting researchers must be prepared to follow the requirements by the Canadian Government for travel to, and upon arrival, in Canada.
  • Housing costs (rental) in Ottawa might have changed and finding housing might take longer than expected.
  • Visiting researchers should have sufficient travel insurance for the entire period that they are in Canada. In addition, they should have funds available in case of an emergency with unexpected expenses.
  • It is recommended that visiting researchers be vaccinated for COVID-19 using one of the vaccines accepted by Health Canada
    • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
    • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
    • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine
    • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine – single dose
  • The Government of Canada has expanded it’s list of accepted vaccines to include the following COVID-19 vaccines authorized by WHO and will also be accepted for travel
    • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
    • Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells)
    • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • All international visiting researchers to Carleton must apply for entry to Canada to conduct research. Please keep this in mind with respect to information from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and other Canadian government sources, as information may differ depending on one’s immigration status.

Before Coming to Canada


Immigration Information

Planning Your Visit


  • Quarantine Information
  • Holiday Inn & Suites (south of Carleton | temporary quarantine)
    • 101 Kanata Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K2T 1E6 | 613-271-3057
    • Visiting Scholars may be eligible for preferred quarantine rates.
    • Distance to Carleton University campus: 16 minutes by car
  • Ottawa Marriott Hotel (Downtown | temporary quarantine)
    • 100 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5R7 | 613-271-3057
    • Visiting Scholars may be eligible for preferred quarantine rates.
    • Distance to Carleton University campus: 7 minutes by car


ACCOMMODATION – Visiting Scholars Living and Accommodation Guide

Off Campus Housing

Carleton’s Housing Office offers resources for starting your Off-Campus Housing search.

Carleton’s Off-Campus Housing Listings are posted through:  Places4 Students listing service
Tip: Please note the listings for Faculty/Staff and short term rentals may be of interest to Visiting Faculty.

On Campus Housing
Note: Unfortunately on campus residences will not be available to visiting scholars for the Summer / Fall / Winter terms 2022/2023.

Additional Off Campus Housing Listings


University Health Insurance Plan – UHIP

Ontario Health Insurance Plan- OHIP

Frequently Asked Vaccine Questions 

Carleton University addresses questions related to Vaccine Information. The following questions are of interest to visiting scholars. For more questions please visit the University’s COVID-19 FAQ page here and the International Student Services COVID-19 FAQ page here.

At Carleton: Protocols during COVID

While in Ottawa