News, Notifications & Updates

[August 16, 2021] Planning Your Arrival Timeline

In order to help your planning to come to or return to Newfoundland and Labrador, please bear in mind the following timeline for your return. 

1You complete and submit arrival form0 days
2Email from to confirm receipt of form, and request for you to book travel2 days
3You submit full flight itinerary and quarantine plan5 days
4Self-isolation support letter issued7 days before travel
5Travel and enrollment letter issued5 days before travel

Based on the timelines in the table, it is therefore required that you should plan to complete the Arrival Form at least 14 business days (3 normal weeks) ahead of your intended arrival time.

Due to high volume of queries, please allow up to 5 business days response time from our team. 

[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 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


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 International 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 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 and 14-day self-isolation stay in St. John’s at one of the hotels here. (14 quarantine days total).

  • Then send your full flight itinerary and hotel booking confirmations to so you can be issued a travel letter. Travel letters will be issued closer towards your arrival dates. 

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


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 who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, will be required to take a COVID-19 test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport.

2. International students will board 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. Covid-19 testing is required towards the end of the 14-day isolation period. International students must email 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.
  • Once approved for arrival, international students can:
    • book their hotel and flight and ensure they have a 72-hour negative pre-boarding test.
    • send the hotel booking confirmation and flight itinerary to
    • download the ArriveCan App and provide the requested information.
  • Following the arrivals testing at a port of entry, students can continue their journey to St. John's 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

Proposed Arrival Testing & Quarantine Measures

[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 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.

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

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