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COVID-19: Updates, Resources and Information

For information about Lakehead University Quarantine plan, please visit our International Student Quarantine Commitment Plan page here.

NEW TRAVEL BAN ANNOUNCEMENT: As of April 22, 2021 at 23:30 EDT, Canada has imposed a travel ban on all flights from India and Pakistan (commercial and private) until June 21, 2021.  If you're residing in one of these countries and planned to travel to Canada, you must postpone your travel plans until after June 21, 2021.  Lakehead is monitoring the situation closely and will update this page with any new information we receive.  If you have questions about the travel ban please email us at quarantine.intl@lakeheadu.ca   or visit the Government of Canada travel ban website: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/in

Please note our 24/7 Emergency Contact numbers for International Students,
1. Thunder Bay Campus: 1-807-627-8701
2. Orillia Campus: 1-705-323-0074
* Lakehead University International's 24-hour phone line has some limitations for students studying outside of the province of Ontario, Canada. Provincial and legal boundaries limit our ability to respond to students outside of Ontario. We encourage all students in need of emergency medical or personal care to access supports in your home community.

Your safety, health and wellness and academic success is our priority. Many of your questions and answers can be found on this website or by attending our online programs. We have many interactive, live sessions set up most weekdays for you to join and stay connected.

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Book an Appointment

Questions? We're here for you!

Book a one on one virtual appointment with any of our International Advisors through our new online booking system. It's quick and easy and you can choose an appointment time that works best with your schedule. We are here to support you and we look forward to meeting with you.

How to book an online appointment:

  1. Click the drop down menu and select which topic is related to your questions (if you're not sure you can choose "general advising") Once selected click submit.
  2. Once you click submit, a list of advisors will show that can assist you. You can choose any advisor listed by clicking on the "book appointment" button under their name.
  3. You will then be directed to the advisors calendar which will show you their available times. Choose the time slot that works best for you (please note that each advisor has different availability so you may want to check others if the times are not working for you).
  4. Complete the online booking form by filling out a few simple questions and you're done! You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment as well as an email and SMS text message to remind you of your appointment the day before and morning of.

Rebooking and Cancellation:

We understand that in life, things happen. If something comes up and you are unable to make your scheduled appointment time, please go back into the 10-8 appointment system through the Change button link in the the appointment confirmation email that you received at the time of booking the appointment, and then you can either cancel or reschedule your appointment. This allows fellow students opportunities to book the next available time slot for valuable assistance.

Hot Questions


If I am fully vaccinated, can I be exempted from the Government Mandated Port of Entry hotel stay

During a press conference with federal ministers and health officials on June 9, 2021, the Government of Canada announced that coming soon, persons who are currently authorized to enter the country, including international students (study permit holders), AND are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, will no longer be required to quarantine at a government-designated hotel upon arrival, starting in early July.

Fully vaccinated travellers are those who have had the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by Health Canada (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) 14 days or more prior to their arrival. These travellers will still be required to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival, and stay in isolation until the test comes back negative before continuing to their final destination.  You will still be required to complete a 14 day quarantine at your final destination city AND complete the 8th day DIY Covid 19 test kit.  

When specific details and implementation dates are released we will update our information.

Am I required to have a negative COVID-19 test in order to board my flight travelling into or outside of Canada?

As of January 7th 2021, all travellers seeking entry to Canada are required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test completed 72 hours prior to their flight departure (96 hours for select destinations: https://tc.canada.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-issued-transport-canada

Please visit this link for more information. 

For students travelling internationally, you must familiarize yourself with COVID-19 testing requirements prior to booking your flight. Some countries also require proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel along with other requirements.  

For students needing a negative COVID-19 test to travel outside of Canada, testing for international travel is currently only being done by a private lab company Northstream Labs in Thunder Bay.  (Message from NorthStream Labs: Please be advised that our 888 number is not working at present, however it should be restored within the week. To reach us please call 807-630-4446 or 807-631-3020.)  Please visit their webpage for information on how to access their testing services. Do not contact Thunder Bay Public Health Unit, as they will not perform COVID-19 tests for international travel at this time.

If my visa is rejected can I still study my online classes?

Yes, you can still continue your winter semester online, however these courses will not be counted towards your post-graduate work permit duration upon graduation. They will however be counted towards your course requirements for degree completion. We would recommend you make an appointment with Lakehead University’s Immigration Advisor at 


To resubmit your study permit application right away if you decide to continue your studies. 

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