Important travel information for international students

Feb 13th, 2021

Memorial University

Important travel information for international students

Effective Feb. 22, 2021, international students arriving in Canada by air through Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver must complete the following steps:

  1. International students, will be required to take a COVID-19 test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and complete a mandatory hotel stay in the city of arrival until they receive a negative test.
  2. Prior to departing their country, students will need to book the three-day hotel stay at their own cost at a government approved hotel and enter the information into the ArriveCan App.
  3. Hotel booking information will be available online on Feb. 18, 2021. Hotel costs include room and board, plus transport to and from the airport.
  4. Once a negative covid-19 test result is obtained, international students will notify Memorial’s Internationalization Office by emailing and boarding a flight to St. John’s or Deer Lake (if going to Grenfell Campus) where they will then complete the mandatory 14 day self-isolation period. As is already the case, covid-19 testing is required towards the end of the 14-day isolation period.

These new steps are in addition to the current protocols for international student arrivals at Memorial outlined below:

  • International students with approved study permit applications must apply through the Memorial portal for their arrival.
  • Students should NOT book a flight until they have received approval from Memorial.
    • book their flight and ensure they have a 72-hour negative pre-boarding test.  -
    • book a three day-hotel stay at their port of entry (Montreal, Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver).  
    • download the ArriveCan App and provide the requested information.
  • Following the new mandatory 3 day stay at the port of entry, and confirmation of a negative test, Memorial-bound new international students must return to the airport and continue their journey to the campus where they have been approved to self-isolate.
  • New international students are not permitted to complete the 14 day self-isolation at the port of entry. This is because their entry into Canada is based on the government approved, mandatory self-isolation plan for new students to self-isolate at the destination campus of the DLI (Designated Learning Institution).

NOTE: This information reflects our understanding of international student travel requirements today, but the situation is subject to change at any time. We will share new changes and updates as we receive them.

If you have questions or concerns please email with the subject heading “Self-Isolation” so your message can be properly directed.