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Planning to travel to Canada for a position at Queen's?

Last updated: March, 2021 This page will be updated as information becomes available.

The measures below are in effect until at least:

April 21, 2021, for travellers coming directly from the US

April  21, 2021, for all other foreign nationals

Citizens, permanent residents, those registered under the Indian Act and protected people can travel to Canada while the border is closed to other foreign nationals.

All rules regarding quarantine will affect everyone who enters Canada: Canadian citizens, permanent residents and temporary residents (individuals expecting to obtain a work permit).

Effective Monday, February 1st at 12pm:  Individuals arriving at  Toronto Pearson International Airport from international flights including from the United States, must take a COVID-19  test upon arrival.  Refusal to complete test upon arrival will result in a minimum $750 fine. No further details available about post-test isolation. This appears to be a stop gap measure until the Federal rules described below come into force

New rules affecting Air Travel including how to book a quarantine hotel:

  • Beginning February 22, mandatory COVID-19 testing will take place upon arrival at all airports
  • Beginning February 22, each air traveller must spend at least three days in a government approved hotel awaiting the results of the test. A list of quarantine hotels is available online. The quarantine hotel stay must be booked in advance by phoning American Express Global Business Travel at 1-800-294-8253.  There are currently long wait times to reach the number. 
  • The fee for the hotel stay covers the cost of private testing, the accommodations, as well as food and the labour required to run these facilities. The reservations will include transportation for the traveller from the airport to the booked hotel. Fees can only be determined by calling the AmEx number. They vary by hotel. News reports indicate that the fees are from approximately $350 (single person) and up for the three day stay.
  • After three days in the hotel, individuals who tested negative on the airport test will then be permitted to finish their 14-day self-isolation at home or another planned location of isolation;
  • Individuals who test positive at the airport will not be released after the three day hotel quarantine. They will be required to complete their mandatory isolation in another quarantine facility;
  • A COVID-19 test collection kit will be provided to each traveller at the airport upon arrival, and they will be instructed to complete the test on day 10 of self-isolation in order to exit quarantine on day 14;

  • The government has announced there will be increased surveillance of self-isolation compliance. This includes a team of Screening Officers across the country that will visit places of quarantine, confirm identity and ensure it is the same location as intended upon entry.   This will occur in 35 cities across the country, beginning with Toronto and Montréal;

  • On day 10 of self-isolation at home, individuals will be tested again for COVID-19.

.Land Travel:

Beginning February 15: Land Border entries require results from a COVID-19 19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival at the border.  

Beginning February 22: ArriveCAN (see below) will be mandatory for all land border entries. 

Requirement to have a negative COVID test prior to boarding

As of January 7th, air travellers 5 years and older must have a valid negative COVID test before being allowed to board a plane to Canada. This is in addition to the test conducted at the airport in Canada.

Requirement to use ArriveCAN - Scroll down for details

Canada’s federal government imposed sweeping international travel restrictions and closed the border with the U.S. in mid-March to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), are doing everything they can to ensure applications are not refused because of coronavirus restrictions, and extensions are given for those unable to obtain the required biometrics due to due to the closure of Canada’s network of Visa Application Centres.

However, IRCC advises that application processing times may be longer than usual. The online application process provides applicants with a letter of introduction. You must take this to the border immigration office and show it to the border officer. The border officer will review your case to see if you fit Canada's requirement that only "essential workers" will be allowed to enter, and make a decision on your case. If the decision is positive, the officer will issue the work permit and allow you to enter Canada.Ask your department to contact the Faculty Recruitment and Support Office to discuss a possible letter that your position is "essential".

VACs are gradually reopening to provide biometrics services to permanent and temporary residence applicants. You can check services available at the office near you.

For foreign nationals (other than US citizens), please see this site for details on who is allowed to enter Canada.

Arriving in Canada from abroad

Upon arriving in Canada, every traveler must present a credible 14-day isolation or quarantine plan. This rule applies to everyone entering Canada, whether they show coronavirus symptoms or not. 

New arrivals must wear a face mask until they reach their destination.

The border officer will ask you for your receipt from the ArriveCan app (see below) to show that you have a detailed plan for your quarantine. The links below will help you make your plan before you arrive in Canada and complete your ArriveCan profile.

  • transportation to Kingston other than by public transit.
  • accommodation where you can self-isolate for 14 days without being in physical contact with others, especially vulnerable people, such as those aged 65+ or with pre-existing medical conditions.
  • access to food and medical supplies without leaving your accommodation.

The Government of Canada provides guidelines on how to self-isolate.

The above rules are in force until further notice. Those failing to comply face a maximum fine of $750,000 or six months in jail.

ArriveCAN mobile app or online service

Air Travellers to Canada: You must now use the ArriveCan app.

Before flying, you must:

  • download the app
  • submit your information before you board your flight to Canada
  • show your ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry into Canada

If you don't submit your information through ArriveCAN, you may face additional delays at the border for public health questioning and be subject to enforcement action,  ranging from verbal warnings to $1,000 fines

Land or Sea Travellers to Canada: use of the ArriveCan app is now mandatory

If you're travelling to Canada by land or sea, you must submit your travel information through ArriveCAN. This will speed up processing at the border and limit points of contact. Show your ArriveCAN receipt to the border services officer.

Requirements for all travellers after they've entered Canada

As of November 21, 2020, all travellers, whether they travel by air, land or sea, must provide information after their entry into Canada.

You must use ArriveCAN or call 1-833-641-0343 to:

  • confirm that you've arrived at the address you provided for your quarantine or isolation location within 48 hours of your entry into Canada
  • complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments during your quarantine period

Register for ArriveCan