News, Notifications & Updates
[July 29, 2021] Signal Hill Campus Update
New self-isolation location announced: Signal Hill Campus. Click here to details.
[July 23, 2021] Self-Isolation Update
**Please note that all International Students must complete the Memorial Arrivals Form, send their full travel itinerary (flight bookings) and quarantine location (full address, hotel booking, etc.) to the self-isolation team. Please email this information to email@example.com if you haven’t already done so. You will not be issued supporting travel documents unless we have your travel information.**
The Government of Canada has announced that effective August 9th, the 3-day mandatory hotel stopover at a port of entry will be eliminated for ALL travelers regardless of vaccination status. In addition, fully vaccinated United States Citizens will be permitted to enter Canada for discretionary purposes as of August 9th, with all other fully vaccinated international travelers permitted after September 7th, 2021.
All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, will still be required to do a pre-entry test. Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers must still follow all regulations in place including quarantining for 14 days at their final destination.
If you believe you meet all requirements for federal quarantine exemption, you are not required to book a quarantine stay at an approved hotel in St. John’s or Corner Brook.
You must have a quarantine plan that meets federal guidelines for the ArriveCan app, and share your travel plans and quarantine location with the self-isolation team. This location can be in the community (hotel, Airbnb, rental apartment, etc.).
- Please do not book a 14 day self-isolation/quarantine stay at a hotel that you plan on canceling when you arrive in Canada, as this takes space away from other students. If you need help with your federal quarantine plan please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-Isolation Update for St. John’s Campus
For important information on Grenfell Campus Arrivals, please click here.
While Canadian border restrictions are still in place, we cannot provide supporting travel documents to international students who do not intend to travel directly to Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) upon their arrival in Canada. If you choose not to travel to NL, Memorial University cannot support you in the event you must self-isolate. If you do not intend to travel directly to NL upon arrival in Canada, you should still have suitable quarantine plan in place and be aware of any provincial restrictions that may apply to you where you are staying.
Fall arrivals: Students should arrive no earlier than August 1, and a mid-August arrival date is recommended for new students arriving for Fall semester. It is recommend to not travel earlier than 4-5 weeks before the start of the semester. Please note that Canadian federal border representatives ultimately decide if you are arriving in Canada ‘too early’.
*** All students travelling to Memorial University must complete the arrivals form. If you have submitted an arrivals form prior to June 4th, 2021 please resubmit. ***
For Fully Vaccinated Students who MAY be exempt from self-isolation:
Students who have been vaccinated should carefully review all the federal requirements for vaccinated travelers starting July 5, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT.
You may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements, which will be determined at the border when you arrive in Canada.
Students will still need to complete a pre-entry test, arrivals test, and have a suitable quarantine plan in place where you can stay for at least 14 days. This is required even if you are seeking the fully vaccinated exemption.
NOTE: Fully vaccinated students with Canadian approved vaccines can self-isolate at any hotel or other off-campus accommodations in St. John's (if required) which meet the provincial self-isolation guidelines. At this moment, you cannot self-isolate at another province.
To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.
For non-vaccinated and partially vaccinated students who are required to self-isolate:
For students living on-campus in the Fall, quarantine space in student residences is now full. You may still avail of the off-campus hotel options or Signal Hill Campus if you are a new international student You will also need to complete the arrivals form with your flight information and arrival dates.
We are happy to announce the approval of our off-campus self-isolation accommodations for St. John’s. If you are a new international student who is required to self-isolate, who has never lived in Newfoundland and Labrador, and will be living off-campus, you are required to self-isolate at one of the four hotels listed here or at the Signal Hill Campus.
Please note there is no funding or reimbursement for self-isolation costs at this time. You are responsible for all self-isolation and travel expenses.
If you are registered for Spring Semester or Summer Session, meet all requirements to enter Canada, and are ready to travel:
- Complete the arrivals form and wait for confirmation to book your flights and self-isolation stay in St. John's.
- Book your flights, 3-night hotel stopover at your port of entry (arrivals before August 9th), and 14-day self-isolation stay in St. John’s at one of the hotels here. (17 quarantine days total).
- Then send your full flight itinerary and hotel booking confirmations to email@example.com so you can be issued a travel letter.
If you are not registered for Spring Semester, but want to plan your arrival for fall, you can still book your hotel and flights with the understanding that:
- You will not be issued a travel/enrollment letter until you are a registered student
- If you have issues with your study permit or registration you may have to delay or cancel your travel at your own expense
- New arrivals for Fall 2021 should arrive no earlier than August 1, 2021
Early Registration for GRAD 9000
[June 28th, 2021] Early registration for Grad 9000 level courses for Fall semester may be available starting July 9, for new or returning international graduate students seeking approval to arrive for the purpose of studies in St. John’s or Corner Brook (Grenfell Campus). The following criteria must apply to you for early registration:
- You must meet all requirements to enter Canada and are ready to travel for Fall Semester (including a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit). Please note that students traveling for the Fall semester cannot arrive before August 1st, 2021.
- Have an approved arrivals application form from the self-isolation team.
If you meet the two requirements above, the following will occur:
- Once you receive final approval for your self-isolation plans, the School of Graduate Studies will send you a course change form. Complete and submit the Course Change form to firstname.lastname@example.org to register for graduate registration only (e.g., ENGI 9000, MATH 9000, HIST 9000, etc.).
- SGS will sign off on the Course Change forms for international students who are seeking approval for early Fall 2021 registration (for graduate registration only, eg., ENGI 9000, ENGL 9000, MED 9900, etc.) and forward to the Registrar’s Office for processing (and copy the appropriate academic unit).
- SGS will issue travel support/registration letter once and copy Memorial’s Self-Isolation.
For more information on graduate registration, please visit the School of Graduate Studies website.
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. International students will board a flight to St. John’s or Deer Lake (if going to Grenfell Campus), after the hotel stay, where they will then complete the mandatory 14 day self-isolation period. Covid-19 testing is required towards the end of the 14-day isolation period. International students must email email@example.com if they're unable to travel to NL on the intended arrival date.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
[June 22nd, 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).
Students who will be self-isolating off-campus or at one of the two approved hotels in St. John's, will need to arrange their own COVID testing. To do so, you will need to complete the COVID Assessment and Referral form located on the Government of Newfoundland's website.
Please note that students may be required to take a taxi to a COVID-19 testing location for their day 12 test if on-site testing at your self-isolation accommodation is not available. This may cost up to $100 CAN.
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.
[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.
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]