Students should monitor the entrance requirements for their destination to avoid travel delays. Please visit the Government of Canada’s page for international students and the ISSO’s Current Travel Information page to confirm current travel restrictions before travelling to Canada. Students should consult with their airline in the event of last-minute updates to their itinerary as a result of changing border restrictions around the world.

The health and safety of our students remain our number one priority, and Carleton University is looking forward to welcoming our international community on to our campus when it is safe to do so. Carleton University’s COVID-19 Readiness Plan has been approved, and we are prepared to welcome and support our international students. 

Students planning to travel to Canada should review the information below to ensure they are in compliance with the current travel measures. We strongly recommend that students review both before and after arrival information to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities as they plan ahead for their travel to Canada.

As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, there are some important protocols and procedures that all international students travelling to Canada need to be aware of prior to their arrival. 

Starting January 15, 2022, international students who are 18 years or older will only be allowed to enter Canada if they are fully vaccinated with a Government of Canada approved vaccine or a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization. Unvaccinated students under the age of 18 will be able to travel to Canada and must continue to adhere to the current travel and quarantine requirements.

Upon booking of travel to Canada, all international students, independent of vaccine status, must complete the following form to seek additional support and guidance with their travel planning process. For a step-by-step overview of the complete travel and quarantine process, students can review the Travel and Quarantine Checklist. Fully vaccinated students can use the Fully Vaccinated Travel Checklist.

The decision to travel is a personal one, and the final decision regarding entry to Canada will be made by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at a Port of Entry. If an individual is admitted to Canada and required to quarantine, they must:

  • go directly to their place of quarantine, without stopping anywhere
  • not leave their place of quarantine unless it’s to seek medical assistance
  • not have guests even if they are outside and stay 2 metres apart
  • only use private outdoor spaces if they have one at their place of quarantine
  • minimize contact with anyone who didn’t travel together
  • monitor their health. If they develop symptoms of COVID-19, immediately call a health care professional or public health authority

It is important to note that failure to comply with the Government of Canada’s protocols may lead to students being denied boarding on their flight or entry into the country, in addition to fines or other penalties that can be imposed for non-compliance.


Carleton University, their agents, officials, officers, directors, employees, volunteers, contractors, servants or representatives (hereinafter refer to as “The University) are not responsible for any death, injury, loss or damage of any kind suffered by any person while participating in Carleton University’s COVID-19 quarantine protocol and all related activities including injury, loss or damage which might be caused by the negligence of The University. 

The Government of Ontario declared a province-wide state of emergency under The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act on March 17, 2020 and the Government of Canada enacted orders under Quarantine Act S.C. 2005, c. 20 on March 20, 2020, to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians and to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (or COVID-19). COVID-19 is easily spread by contact with droplets produced by people who have the virus.

Carleton (the University) has put in place measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, however the University cannot guarantee that any individual participating in COVID-19 quarantine protocol will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, participating in the Carleton University COVID-19 quarantine protocol, could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. 

All participants in University activities are being asked to carefully review the statements made below. 

In agreeing to participate in Carleton University COVID-19 quarantine protocol, I understand that the University will not be liable for any loss, injury or death, resulting from the risks outlined herein. 

It is expected that all participants will follow all safety and hygiene protocols that have been adopted by the University, and to keep up to date on provincial guidelines by reviewing the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care website in advance of participating in Carleton University COVID-19 quarantine protocol. I understand the risks of not conforming with these safety and hygiene protocols.