We appreciate that the ever-changing travel landscape can make planning for your arrival in Canada challenging and uncertain. Carleton University is aware of the May 21 announcement from the Government of Canada extending travel restrictions impacting flights from India and Pakistan.

The information outlined below is meant only as a guide, and students are reminded that they are responsible for ensuring that they meet the travel and quarantine requirements at the time of their arrival in Canada.

The Government of Canada announcement has provided the following insights into these new measures:

  • The travel restrictions include the banning of all passenger flights from India and Pakistan until June 21, 2021.
  • Those who travel to Canada from India or Pakistan via an indirect route (i.e. with connecting flights in a third country) will need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test from their last point of departure, according to Canada’s transport minister.

These new measures identified by the Federal government are in addition to the current measures already in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19 – including the mandatory negative COVID-19 PCR test result required to be completed before boarding your flight to Canada, and the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement. Individuals who may have already been vaccinated for COVID-19 are still required to comply with all travel, testing and quarantine measures.

If you have already booked your travel to Canada, we recommend that you reach out to your airline to learn more about how your flight and travel itinerary could be impacted.

Students planning to travel are reminded that the decision to travel is a personal one, and they should plan to travel only when it is safe to do so and that travel is at their own risk. Due to the rapidly evolving public health crisis posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions are changing without notice and students are reminded that they are responsible for ensuring they meet the entry requirements to Canada at the time they arrive at the Port of Entry. We recommend that students not book their travel until after they have reviewed the new travel and quarantine measures carefully, checked with their airlines and have consulted with the ISSO at isso@carleton.ca

As information becomes available, the ISSO will update our COVID-19 FAQs, Quarantine Planning and Support Website and include an item in our newsletter. We encourage students with plans to travel to continue to keep in touch with our office for additional guidance and support.