COVID-19 International Student Safe Travel, Arrival and Quarantine Resource Guide and Plan

Dear student,

Lakehead University is looking forward to welcoming you back to Canada and for some, welcoming you to Canada for the first time!  Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, there are important procedures and protocols you need to be aware of as an international student travelling to Canada.  In order to reduce the risk of infection and transmission of the virus, you must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine period immediately upon arrival to Canada.

Please review this document carefully so you are aware of your responsibilities.  Not following proper government of Canada protocols may result in being denied entry into the country and government authorities may also fine students for non-compliance in certain situations.  

 The health and safety of our students is Lakehead Universities’ number one priority.  Lakehead follows the recommendations of various authorities including the government of Canada and provincial and local public health authorities.

Please carefully read each information section listed below and then complete the mandatory online quarantine commitment plan.  This form will be electronically and confidentially submitted to the International Office at Lakehead University.

CHECK HERE FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
*Please note that currently, only students that have received their study permit approval prior to March 18, 2020 will be eligible to travel to Canada.

International Student Check List

1. Plan your Arrival
  •  Make sure you are aware of the start date of your classes and plan to arrive at least 14 days prior to complete your quarantine period prior to classes starting. Click here for more information. For English Language program students please follow this link for more information on the start date of your program

  • Complete the Lakehead University International Student Quarantine Plan and submit to back to Sara Melvin at sscoordinator.intl@lakeheadu.ca   Also print this form for presentation at the port of entry

  • If you are a new student arriving for the first time, complete the online airport arrival form to receive a one-time use taxi voucher https://www.lakeheadu.ca/international/current/before

  • If you are a returning student, be sure you have arranged transportation for yourself from the airport to your quarantine location.

  • Save the Lakehead International Arrival Phone number in your phone 1-807-631-4123 and the emergency on call international advisor phone 1-807-627-8701.

  • Confirm your quarantine location- Lakehead Campus Residence is open and has quarantine protocols in place for self-isolation.  Please note that you must plan to stay in residence for a full academic year (September- April), they do not provide temporary stay for the quarantine period only.
    *If you are an English Language Program student or short term study student such as exchange, one semester contracts are available.

https://www.lakeheadu.ca/students/student-life/residence/tb/applying-to-residence-2

Important Information for when you Reach the Port of Entry to Canada

When you arrive at your port of entry in Canada, the Canadian Border Agency will assess your health. If you’re a foreign national, and you have symptoms of COVID-19, you won’t be allowed to enter Canada. 

They will ask you the following questions:

  • Where will you quarantine (self isolate)
  • How will you get to the location you will be self isolating
  • Will you be in contact with vulnerable people
  • What is the address of the location you are staying and a valid contact number to reach you
  • Who will get you groceries or food and do you require any medication
  • Provide a valid, working phone number for them to contact you
  • You must have Canadian cash on you to show the officer- you won't be able to go to a bank until after your 14 day quarantine so you must have cash to support yourself and a credit card that works in Canada is advised
  • Must present your quarantine plan to officer (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/2019-novel-coronavirus-information-sheet.html)
  • You must be able to provide essential reasons for you to be travelling to Canada. You will need to provide a letter from the institution confirming that you need to physically be in Canada (more information from Lakehead to be provided soon)
  • If you have a layover in Toronto before connecting to your final destination that requires you to stay overnight you will be required to stay at a hotel- you cannot sleep at the airport overnight
2. Prepare for 14 day Quarantine
  •  Review the following resources

Government of Canada’s Quarantine Act 

https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services/covid/non-canadians-canadiens-eng.html

Self-isolation guidelines set out by the Canadian Ministry of Public Health.

ArriveCAN app.

  • Make a plan for your physical and emotional health and wellness during the quarantine period which needs to include checking in with your international advisor twice a week (more if needed).  You can book virtual appointments with our advisors through our online booking system:  https://www.lakeheadu.ca/international/online-community/appointments

  • Review the Lakehead International Online community of care website for online programming options to stay connected and engaged: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/international/online-community

  • Confirm your quarantine location has access to phone and/or internet so you can stay in touch with family, friends, Lakehead International and public health authorities if needed.

Important Information for when you Reach the Port of Entry to Canada

When you arrive at your port of entry in Canada, the Canadian Border Agency will assess your health. If you’re a foreign national, and you have symptoms of COVID-19, you won’t be allowed to enter Canada. 

They will ask you the following questions:

  • Where will you quarantine (self isolate)
  • How will you get to the location you will be self isolating
  • Will you be in contact with vulnerable people
  • What is the address of the location you are staying and a valid contact number to reach you
  • Who will get you groceries or food and do you require any medication
  • Provide a valid, working phone number for them to contact you
  • You must have Canadian cash on you to show the officer- you won't be able to go to a bank until after your 14 day quarantine so you must have cash to support yourself and a credit card that works in Canada is advised
  • Must present your quarantine plan to officer (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/2019-novel-coronavirus-information-sheet.html)
  • You must be able to provide essential reasons for you to be travelling to Canada. You will need to provide a letter from the institution confirming that you need to physically be in Canada (more information from Lakehead to be provided soon)
  • If you have a layover in Toronto before connecting to your final destination that requires you to stay overnight you will be required to stay at a hotel- you cannot sleep at the airport overnight
3. Packing and Travelling
  •  In addition to regular packing requirements you should plan to bring numerous face masks including disposable and reusable cloth face masks.  A box of plastic disposable gloves, travel size hand sanitizer and wipes and a thermometer.

  • Be sure to have some of these items in your carry-on luggage to access during travel

  • Be sure you have the following documents available when you arrive at the port of entry.  Make sure you pack them in your carry on luggage.  You will be required to present these to the Canadian Border Agents when you go through customs and immigration.

-       Passport

-       Study permit or letter of confirmation from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada

-       Letter of Acceptance from Lakehead University

-       Quarantine site information including the address and contact number for the transportation company

-       Contact information for Lakehead University (you can use the emergency on call phone number 1-807-627-8701)

-       Signed copy of your International Student Quarantine Plan

4. Arriving to Thunder Bay
  • Returning students should take their arranged transportation directly to their quarantine location.

  • New students can use the printed one-time use taxi voucher to take you to your place of quarantine only

  • Send an email to Lakehead University once you are settled to let us know you have arrived safely and are at your quarantine location.

5. During your Quarantine

 Follow the Government of Canada’s Quarantine Act carefully.  This means that you must stay in your own room for 14 days and avoid contact with others. 

  • Practice good hygiene, keep your room well ventilated and clean

  • Stay connected with your International Advisors

  • Participate in the numerous online programming options Lakehead has available during this transitional period to meet other students and join in some fun interactive activities

  • Stay connected with family and friends

  • Monitor your physical and mental well-being.  If you are not feeling well, use the Government of Canada’s Covid-19 self-assessment tool to determine if you need further assessment or testing.  You can access the self-assessment tool here: https://www.thrive.health/health-canada-self-assessment-tool

  • If you need immediate medical attention call 9-1-1 for an ambulance

6. After Quarantine

 Continue to be mindful of the public health directives and continue to practice proper hygiene, physical distancing rules and social gathering limits. 

Lakehead University is here for you!  If you have any questions during your preparations please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 
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International Student Quarantine Commitment Plan

Personal Information

Arrival Information

Quarantine Plan

Confirmation

Please confirm that you have read, understood and are aware of the following:

* Please note: all international students that have registered in a full time course load will be automatically enrolled in the University Health Insurance Plan. English Language Program students are enrolled in Guard Me. Both these insurance plans will cover you during your stay here in Canada. We recommend you purchase travel insurance to ensure you are fully covered during your travels to get here. Some travel insurance policies also cover flight cancellations and other travel related emergencies which is why it's very important to have when travelling internationally.

Visit this link for more information.

By submitting this form, I confirm that I have read, understood and I am aware of the importance of the quarantine procedure upon arrival to Canada, and will follow all criteria provided in this document as well as all requirements provided by the Government of Canada, for a full 14 days.