News, Notifications & Updates

[May 13, 2021] For any students planning to arrive in St. John’s after June 15th 2021, there will be no on-campus self-isolation spaces available.
We will continue to accept travel requests, however, you will need to delay your travel plans until there is an approved DLI plan for off-campus self-isolation. Students arriving after June 15th should anticipate the cost for off-campus self-isolation and food to be approximately $2000 CAN.

Please note the following:

  • Be prepared to delay your travel plans until there are approved accommodations available. New international students must self-isolate at an approved off-campus location. You are not permitted to self-isolate at another location in Canada at this time.

  • You must be a registered student for the spring semester to travel, or you will not be permitted to enter Canada. If you are required to be present on campus for the spring semester, please complete the arrivals form.
  • The Grenfell campus is not affected by this waitlist; students can email if they have questions about Grenfell campus arrivals.

  • Returning international or domestic students, please complete the arrivals application. Note there is no self-isolation space at MacPherson (on-campus) for returning or domestic students arriving before June 15th.

Do not book any travels until you have received confirmation to do so from the arrivals team. 


Because of the return to campus announcement on March 26, for arrivals after June 15, 2021 there will be no self-isolation space on campus for students unless you have been accepted to live in student residences for Fall 2021. Student residence applications are open for Fall 2021 and we encourage anyone interested to apply as there may be a self-isolation option included in your residence stay. Students staying in residence are still required to complete the arrivals form, and should anticipate the cost for off-campus self-isolation and food to be approximately $2000 CAN in case there is no space on campus.

The self-isolation team is working on a new plan for students arriving for the Fall 2021 semester. While we are accepting arrivals applications for Fall, you cannot travel until you are a registered student for Fall.

Please continue to check this site for updates about Fall 2021.

Important travel information for international students:

[February 13th, 2021] 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 (at their own expense) 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.
  • Once approved for arrival, international students can:
    • 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.

Proposed Arrival Testing & Quarantine Measures

[March 12th, 2021] Update on COVID-19 Federal Testing Requirements:

International arrivals in Canada may receive a COVID-19 At-Home Specimen Collection Kit at the airport. This specimen collection is required by the Government of Canada, even if you test negative while in quarantine those first few days in Canada. This COVID-19 specimen collection should be carried out on DAY 10 from when you enter Canada, which would be day 6 or 7 after your arrival in St. John’s/Corner Brook (Grenfell Campus). The full details of the requirements by the Government of Canada can be found here.

This is an additional test to the COVID-19 test you will receive around day 12 in St. John’s/Corner Brook (Grenfell Campus), as required by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. These are separate process required by the Federal Government of Canada and the Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).

There may be delays in getting the federal 10-Day COVID-19 at-home kit specimen collected, sent to an external lab, and results returned, which could impact your 14 days of self-isolation in St. John’s/Corner Brook (Grenfell Campus).

There could also be delays in your self-isolation due to the Provincial (NL) COVID-19 testing requirements (such as a positive test result, testing delays at the lab, and an invalid test result requiring a new swab). Students should be prepared to potentially spend 28 days in isolation in St. John’s/Corner Brook (Grenfell Campus) if they test positive for COVID-19.

[February 2nd, 2021] On January 29, 2021, the Government of Canada announced that new travel restrictions for international travelers will be introduced in the coming days. You can review the full press release to see how it may potentially impact you. Once details of the new travel restrictions are released and it is clear how they will impact our students travelling internationally, our Arrivals Team will be in touch with you to communicate the details. At this time, there are no immediate changes to your travel and when there are, you will hear directly from our office. Ensure you check your email regularly.

Negative COVID-19 Test Result Required for Flights Into Canada

[December 31st, 2020] Starting January 7, 2021, air travelers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. The federal government recently announcement that all travelers intending to come to Canada from international destinations must present a negative COVID test result in order to transit to Canada. The test must be taken within 72 hours of the scheduled departure flight. Please read the full press release for all pertinent details

Winter 2021 Semester and Travel to Canada

As of October 20th, 2020 it may be possible to return to Newfoundland and Labrador to commence or continue your studies. The Government of Canada has updated regulations regarding international student travel to Canada.

Memorial University is now on the official list of designated learnings institutions (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 isolation plan to welcome new international students to campus. This means that if you meet all of the criteria to leave your home and enter Canada, we will be able to facilitate your entry to Newfoundland and Labrador and subsequent mandatory self-isolation period in campus residence buildings designated for self-isolation and quarantine purposes.  

All students MUST complete the Arrival Information Form AND participate in Memorial’s Self-Isolation Peer Support Program. The form is used to gather information needed to support students during self-isolation.

While most academic programs will proceed in a primarily remote teaching and learning environment for the winter 2021 semester, students who are expected to be on campus may have received direct communication from their academic unit or campus to return.

If you have questions or concerns about the arrivals process, please contact with your questions.

Notice for Students travelling from NS, NB and PEI

Part of the arrivals process to Newfoundland and Labrador involves a minimum 14-day self-isolation period. Since July, travelers coming from one of the Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick) were exempt from the self-isolation requirement if they showed no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

However, on Monday, November 23rd, it was announced that Newfoundland and Labrador will temporarily withdraw from the "Atlantic Bubble." This will be in effect until Wednesday, December 9th, 2020, subject to review.

This means that ALL students (new, returning, domestic, international) travelling from outside the province of Newfoundland and Labrador must self-isolate upon returning to the province.

These students must also complete the forms through this site to inform the institution of your travel so that we may support you in the mandatory self-isolation period.

November, 2020 - ArriveCAN Application Usage Mandatory

As of November 21, 2020, travellers coming to Canada by air will be required to use the ArriveCAN before they board their flight. They will need to provide travel and contact information, a quarantine plan, and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.

Travellers will need to be ready to show their ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry into Canada; a border services officer will verify that they have submitted their information digitally. Before this time air travellers can expect to be reminded by their air carrier of the need to submit COVID-related information digitally through ArriveCAN prior to boarding their flight to Canada.

As of November 21, 2020, travellers will be required to confirm within 48 hours that they have arrived at their place of quarantine or isolation and those in quarantine must complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during their quarantine period. They will be able to submit information through the ArriveCAN app or by calling a toll-free number (1-833-641-0343). [full press release   |  access ArriveCAN app]


Internationalization Office

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000