Everything You Need to Know to Travel to Canada

We’re so excited for you to join us at CIRA college.  We are lucky to be able to welcome you to in-person classes at CIRA college due to our COVID-19 safety plan, but there are some steps you’ll need to take while travelling. Here’s all the updated information you need to know to travel and resources for you to find out more!

The Basics

These are rules that have been implemented for a while now, but in case you wanted a refresher. 

Flying to Canada
  • You must have no symptoms and present a negative COVID-19 test to your airline prior to boarding. As an international student, you will need your Letter of Acceptance to CIRA 
Quarantine Plan 
  • You must create an quarantine plan for when you arrive. This means, you need to be able to stay somewhere for 14 days and have access to your necessities without leaving. If you quarantine somewhere where others are living, ensure you are staying in separate rooms, not sharing personal items and limiting interactions. Many grocery stores offer delivery if you don’t have a person to deliver the necessities!
  • Before you arrive, you must use the ArriveCan App to submit your plan. There is a video resource at the bottom of this article for you to watch and learn from! You will use ArriveCan during your 14-day quarantine for daily check-ins. 
14 Day Isolation/Quarantine
  • When you arrive in Canada, you will be in quarantine for 14 days. If you’re exposed to another traveller with symptoms, test positive or begin to show symptoms during quarantine, you will have to restart your 14 days.

New Restrictions

As of February 22, 2021, there are some new COVID-19 Travel Restrictions in Canada. Here’s a short guide for what you need to know. 

Test Upon Arrival
  • You will need to take a COVID-19 molecular test when you arrive in Canada and before you exit the airport.
Hotel Quarantine
  • You will need to reserve a minimum 3 night stay in a government authorized hotel at your own expense. The bookings will become available starting February 18, 2021. If your test results for COVID-19 are negative, you may go to your place of quarantine for the remainder of the 14 days. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be moved to a government designated facility for the remainder of your 14 days. A list of hotels will be available soon, as well as exemptions. 
Additional test
  • You will be required to take another test near the end of your 14-day quarantine. If you test positive, you will need to enter another 14 day quarantine. 


These measures are in place to ensure the safety of everyone. There are some serious consequences if you don’t follow the restrictions. 

Violation of Canadian Arrival Instructions
  • Violations may result in 6 months in prison of $750,000 CAD in fines
Breaking Quarantine/Isolation + Causing Harm to Another Person
  • If you cause the death or harm to another by breaking your quarantine,  you could face up to $1,000,000 CAD in fines or imprisonment of up to 3 years

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