Effective December 15, 2021, the Government of Canada implemented a ‘Level 3: Avoid all non-essential travel’ advisory due to the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Many foreign governments are implementing strict travel restrictions with short notice, which may limit international transportation options making it difficult for travellers to return to Canada.

It is recommended that Carleton University students who are currently located in Canada avoid all non-essential travel and if possible, remain within Canada over the holiday break. Students currently living on campus should contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life for extending accommodations over the holiday break.

Enhanced Travel Restrictions

On December 17 2021, the Government of Canada announced that the travel ban restricting entry to foreign nationals entering from 10 countries in the South African region will be lifted on December 19, 2021. Further, all air travellers will be required to present a negative molecular (PCR) test upon entry. The Government of Canada cautions that further measures may be implemented in the coming weeks with short notice. As such, international students who are currently abroad are encouraged to remain in their current region.

As noted in the message from Carleton University sent on December 16 2021, Carleton will hold the first three weeks of the winter 2022 courses fully online. Registration for the winter 2022 term remains available with robust online options. If you require assistance in reviewing your schedule or choosing alternative sections, including online options, you may contact the Registrar’s Office at 613-520-3500 or via email at registrar@carleton.ca. You may also want to contact your departmental advisor for guidance in choosing classes that fulfil your program requirements.

Immigration Advising

The ISSO immigration advisors can provide information and support on immigration issues. Students can contact the immigration advisors (immigration.advising@carleton.ca) and review common inquiries online. The ISSO will also be hosting online Q&A sessions to provide updates and answer questions about travel, quarantine, health insurance, vaccination, and immigration.

Mental Health and Wellness Resources
Carleton University students have access to mental health and wellness supports that can be of assistance as you continue to navigate the impacts of these challenging times. The Mental Health and Well-Being website lists a number of resources and services that you can access virtually. Undergraduate students can contact Empower Mefor free, confidential, 24/7 counselling support with qualified counselors in the community at 1-833-628-5589 (toll free).

Stay In Touch with the ISSO
Carleton University will be closed from December 24, 2021 to January 4, 2022. For urgent inquiries, students should contact ISSO@carleton.ca during the holiday closure.  The ISSO maintains an up-to-date COVID FAQ website and current travel information website.

The ISSO will continue to virtual assistance with travel related inquires and immigration advising during the holiday closure.  Students should contact ISSO@carleton.ca for support.