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Safe Travel & Quarantine/Self Isolation

St. Lawrence College’s first priority is the health and safety of our students. We are obligated to follow the regulations and recommendations of various authorities, including the Government of Canada, and the Government of Ontario and local public health authorities in our communities.

The Government of Canada has put in place an emergency order under the Quarantine Act. It applies to all travellers arriving in Canada. Its purpose is to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. Failure to comply with this order is an offence under the Quarantine Act.

On October 2, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that changes would be made to travel restrictions affecting international students who wish to travel to Canada for the purpose of beginning or continuing their studies. As of October 20, 2020, asymptomatic international students may travel to Canada, if they will be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory.

The list of DLIs that have COVID-19 readiness plans approved by the province or territory were available as of October 20, 2020 on the IRCC website and it is updated regularly. Until the DLI obtains an approved COVID-19 readiness plan, students will not be able to travel to Canada.

At this time, St. Lawrence College’s COVID-19 readiness plan has been approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).  Therefore, it may now be possible for you to travel to Canada if you meet the below requirements from IRCC as well as follow the steps below to prepare for travel.

IRCC Requirements

Asymptomatic international students may travel to Canada, if meeting the following requirements:

  • They must be in possession of a valid study permit or letter of introduction; and
  • They must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory.

Follow these MANDATORY steps before travelling to Canada

For current students, who have not already downloaded the app, this must be done as soon as you decide to travel. Students will only receive their timetable before the start of the semester if they download the iCent app and complete the mandatory forms below. Failure to do so will result in delays in starting your program.

Download the iCent app for iOS | Download the iCent app for Android

screenshots - iCent App

Mandatory forms to be completed and submitted in iCent:

  • Mandatory Winter 2021 Questionnaire - this form will require you to indicate if you are travelling to Canada between November 17, 2020 and April 30, 2021. If you are not planning to travel to Canada, this is the only form you need to complete.  Your timetable will be released within 2-3 business days. Please continue to check SLC.me. If yes, you will also need to proceed and fill in the remaining forms below. Once SLC is satisfied with the information provided you will have access to your timetable on SLC.me.
  • Quarantine/Self Isolation Plan
  • Flight & Arrival Information
  • COVID Info Acknowledgement
  • Contact Information

Effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. 

Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.

Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine and follow all listed travel protocols.

Please visit this link for more information.

If you have already booked your quarantine on your own or will be staying with friends or family, please ensure that your place of quarantine follows the guidelines mandated by the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

iCent has partnered with some of the hotels near the Airport to provide self-isolation accommodation for arriving international students at discounted prices. Please visit the iCent App and fill in the 'Accommodation Booking' form to book a room for your self-isolation.

1. Hampton Inn and Suites Info 

2. Embassy Suites Info

Register for one of our MANDATORY Pre-Departure Webinars to learn more about traveling and living in Canada during COVID-19.

Read all of the in-depth information on this page regarding how to prepare for your travel to Canada, requirements to enter Canada as well as quarantine / self-isolation.

Travelling to Canada

When you arrive at the border, you will need to demonstrate to Canadian Border Services Agency officers that you have an adequate plan to quarantine for two weeks. An adequate plan includes a plan to get from the airport to your self-isolation location with no stops, a location where you can safely self-isolate in accordance with Public Health guidelines, and plans for how you will access food and any other necessities required during your self-isolation. Failure to meet these requirements may result in being denied entry to Canada or having to carry out quarantine in a government-approved facility. 

Completing the mandatory forms will help to confirm that you have an adequate quarantine plan. Be prepared to show these forms (found in the iCent App) to a CBSA officer. Also, we recommend booking an iCent Self-Isolation Quarantine package as this will ensure that your two-week self-isolation arrangements are in accordance with the Government of Canada guidelines. Please be sure to review the information in this guide prior to your arrival.


Pre-Arrival

  • Download the iCent app and complete mandatory forms.
  • Book a Self-Isolation Accommodation through the iCent Self-isolation Quarantine Package. Or, make your own self-isolation arrangements in accordance with Government of Canada guidelines. Public living areas should be avoided. As such, hostels and residences with shared living accommodations are not acceptable for quarantine or isolation.
  • Complete forms and bring a copy with you in your carry-on luggage.

Prepare your travel document and keep these in your carry-on luggage to show the immigration officer when you arrive. We recommend keeping these in a folder or envelope to stay organized.

Travel documents for immigration include:

  1. Study Permit Approval Letter (also referred to as your Letter of Introduction, or Port of Entry Letter)
  2. Letter of Acceptance from SLC 
  3. Tuition fee receipts
  4. Self-Isolation/Quarantine plan – printed on paper, booked, and confirmed. This must include transportation. 
  5. Proof of Negative COVID Test. Please see this link, and the iCent App “Before you Travel Checklist” for more information.
    • Review and understand the self-isolation guidelines as outlined by Government of Canada and KFL&A Public Health
    • Purchase a supply of reusable or disposable non-medical masks to bring with you.
    • Download app and complete the ArriveCan form.ArriveCan is the mandatory form that all visitors to Canada must complete before entering Canada.
    1. Download ArriveCAN for iOS
    2. Download ArriveCAN for Android
    3. Immediate family members travelling with you must also complete ArriveCan forms and submit their quarantine plan to CBSA officers.
      • Complete all Mandatory Forms in the iCent App including:
      1. Mandatory Winter 2021 Questionnaire - this form will require you to indicate if you are travelling.  If you are not, this is the only form you need to complete.  If yes, you will also need to proceed and fill in the remaining forms below. 
      2. Quarantine/Self Isolation Plan
      3. Flight & Arrival Information
      4. COVID Info Acknowledgement
      5. Contact Information
        • Review the resources in the COVID Safe Canada section of the iCent App.
        • If you are ill do not attempt to travel to Canada.

        When Travelling

        • On all flights departing or arriving at Canadian airports you will be required to demonstrate that you have the necessary non-medical mask or face covering during the boarding process otherwise you will not be allowed to continue on your journey.
        • When travelling by other modes of transportation, you are encouraged to wear non-medical masks or face coverings whenever possible.
        • You should also bring, in your carry-on luggage, at least 2 masks, a travel-sized bottle of hand-sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.
        • While en-route to your destination, you should also:
        1.  Practice social distancing/physical distancing
        2. Wash your hands frequently
        3. Use hand sanitizer when necessary and hand washing is not possible
        4. Sanitize your personal space and high-touch areas such as seat belts and tray tables
        5. Touch as few surfaces as possible
        6. Keep your cell phone charged, in case of travel delays/changes

        Entering Canada

        When arriving at the port of entry, you must have all Travel Documents for Immigration to provide to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). You will also be required to undergo a screening by a border services or quarantine officer to assess you for symptoms.

        Toronto or Montreal Airport:

        If you are entering Canada through the Toronto Pearson International Airport or the Montreal Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport you are required to complete the Government of Canada’s ArriveCan form (as of June 17, 2020).

        Please check this link to read COVID-19: A Guide for International Students in Canada Arriving from Abroad by the Government of Canada.

        During Self-Isolation/Quarantine

        • Communicate with the International Centre by email: newstudentarrivals@sl.on.ca
        • Students must fill in the Quarantine Daily Check-in form every day during your two-week quarantine period found in the iCent App.If you do not check in this will be reported to the Ministry and consequences may follow.
        • Students must also communicate promptly to ISA emails/phone calls throughout the self-isolation process.
        • Students are able to communicate with the Chat Help Desk on your iCent App to access 24/7 support.
        • If you are quarantining in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), your International Student Advisor (ISA) will connect with you regarding a COVID test.We will send a travel nurse to your quarantine location and Day 9 or 10 to get a COVID test.If you are quarantining in another city, you will be required to get a COVID test on Day 14.Your ISA will connect with you to arrange this.Test results MUST be uploaded in the iCent App.
        • Please click here to learn more about the Government of Canada’s quarantine guidelines and expectations of what you can and cannot do during self-isolation.
        • Do not leave your place of isolation unless it is to get medical attention. Note, for non-emergency situations students can access mobileDOCTOR through their guard.me insurance, remotely
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