Before You Travel
Preparing for Your Journey to Lakehead
Preparing for your journey to Lakehead University and Canada is an exciting and important process. Information on this page will help ensure a smooth transition from your home country to your new university home.
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Book Your Travel Pre-Departure Planning Airport & Arrival Travelling During COVID-19
Given the dynamic nature of travel during a global pandemic, the information on this page may only be as relevant as when it was published. You are responsible for remaining informed of current travel requirements, restrictions, and/or other influencing factors that may impact your travel planning.
Book Your Travel
When booking your travel to Lakehead, ensure that you arrive in time to attend Orientation. This is an important step in your transition to university. At orientation you will not only receive critical information, you will also get to know students in your program and other programs who are from Canada and around the world.
|Thunder Bay Campus|
You should book your flight from your home country directly to Thunder Bay (YQT). There are no direct international flights to Thunder Bay, so you will have a connecting flight through a different city. Most likely your port of entry will be Vancouver (YVR), Toronto (YYZ) or Montreal (YUL).
Important: Please allow plenty of time between your time of arrival at the Port of Entry and the time of departure for your connecting flight to Thunder Bay. It can take several hours for you to clear the Canada Customs and get your study permit. We cannot provide exact times as it varies greatly depending on individual situations, but we recommend a minimum of 4-5 hours between your connecting flights.
When travelling to the Orillia campus, your port of entry will most likely be the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The Orillia campus is approximately a 1-hour-and-30-minute drive from the Pearson International Airport.
|When to Arrive|
Due to the dynamic nature of travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions may change and affect your travel to Canada. Please keep informed on the Government Canada website and, if needed, consult one of our International Recruitment Advisors prior to booking travel.
Depending on whether or not you are fully vaccinated before you travel, and depending on the quarantine regulations in place at the time of your travel, you may need to arrive a minimum of 2 weeks before classes start. If you do not need to quarantine upon arrival in Canada, you should plan to arrive before Orientation. Your first day of classes will vary depending on the term you are starting and your program of study. For a list of academic dates including the first and last day of classes, please visit:
We want you to be prepared and feel at home while studying at Lakehead University. Click each of the following categories to see our packing suggestions on what to bring/what to leave home.
|What to Bring|
|What You Can Buy Here|
The following items are available to purchase once you arrive in Canada; however, some students choose to bring them from home:
|What to Leave at Home|
|Required Documents Upon Arrival in Canada|
|Carry the following documents and all other valuable items with you at all times rather than in your checked baggage. Entrance into Canada may be denied if any of your documents are missing or if any of the information on your application or letter of reference is incorrect.|
Contact information for Lakehead University:
Airport & Arrival
As a new incoming undergraduate or graduate Lakehead international student, arriving at our Thunder Bay or Orillia campuses, you may be eligible for our airport pick-up service. For the Thunder Bay campus, this service brings students, via taxi, from the Thunder Bay Airport directly to their accommodations either in residence or off-campus. For the Orillia campus, this shuttle service will take you from the Toronto Pearson International Airport to your accommodations in Orillia. We cannot provide this service for students arriving to Billy Bishop Airport.
This service is a one-time use only and students must submit their application at least four (4) business days before their arrival date.
|How to Book Your Airport Pickup|
Once you've submitted Lakehead University International's Arrival Form, our dedicated International Student Services team will provide you with further arrival instructions, contact information, follow-up appointment instructions for the following day and your taxi voucher/shuttle arrangements. The airport pick-up service can take you to campus residence or off-campus accommodations within your campus city (Thunder Bay or Orillia, or Barrie for Lakehead-Georgian students). Please reference your welcome package email for important information on Government of Canada travel requirements.
|Thunder Bay Arrival Details|
|Thunder Bay Transportation:|
|Orillia & Barrie Arrival Details|
Travelling During COVID-19
Lakehead University is looking forward to welcoming new students to campus! As part of Lakehead University’s COVID-19 Readiness Plan, there are important procedures and protocols that you must follow and must be aware of as a Lakehead student travelling from outside of Canada.
Effective October 1, 2022, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to:
- submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website;
- provide proof of vaccination;
- undergo pre- or on-arrival testing;
- carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;
- monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada.
Transport Canada is also removing existing travel requirements. As of October 1, 2022, travellers will no longer be required to:
- undergo health checks for travel on air and rail; or
- wear masks on planes and trains.
For more details, please visit this website.
|As you prepare to travel to Canada, you must be fully aware of any travel restrictions that may affect you. The Government of Canada website is the best place to check for up-to-date travel restrictions.|
|Lakehead's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy|
Learn more about Lakehead's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for students, faculty and staff.