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

Last updated: January 13, 2021

NEW! -  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. Please see this page for further details. 

NEW! -  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. 

These measures are in effect until at least:

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

January 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.

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 strongly encouraged

If you're travelling to Canada by land or sea, you're strongly encouraged to 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