News, Notifications & Updates

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, February 2021

[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