Travel to Canada


Loyalist College – Belleville campus staff are available to assist international students prior to coming to Canada as we want to make your travel and stay in Canada as easy and enjoyable as possible.  The following information will help you to prepare and plan your travel to Canada. 

Arrival testing changes for all air travellers

Starting July 19, 2022:

  • Mandatory random arrival testing resumes for air travellers qualified as fully vaccinated
  • All COVID-19 testing for all air travellers will be done outside of airports
  • Travellers who must test will receive an email shortly after entering Canada

Air travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated and who are selected for mandatory random testing, as well as air travellers who do not qualify as fully vaccinated, will receive an email notification within 15 minutes of completing their customs declaration. The email will contain information to help them arrange for their test with a testing provider in their region. Unvaccinated travellers can complete their tests by a virtual appointment or an in-person appointment with the test provider at their store or at select pharmacies and still respect their quarantine requirements.

All vaccinated travellers who are randomly selected for the border testing surveillance program must complete arrival mandatory testing requirements.

If your arrival test result is positive, you must go into isolation and follow the federal requirement to isolate for 10 days from the date of the test result. 

For partially or unvaccinated international students who are under 18 years of age, who are currently allowed to travel to Canada, pre-entry testing requirements are not changing. These students are required to book 14 day quarantine directly with the International Centre by emailing: international@loyalistcollege.com.

Entry Requirements: Adjustments for certain travellers entering Canada

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Handout for Students – Arriving to Canada


As Loyalist College was required to sign an Attestation with the Public Health Agency agreeing to take responsibility for the incoming students’ quarantine, all students (new and returning) at both campus locations MUST follow the Loyalist College plan and process for traveling to Canada as outlined below.

Individuals are advised to continually check the Government of Canada’s rules for travelling to Canada, testing, quarantine and borders as authorities are constantly making adjustments once new COVID-19 pandemic information is received. 

Loyalist College requires students to:

  • Register travel with the International Centre by completing the mandatory online webform and confirming entry date into Canada (regardless of vaccination status).
  • Pay for Early Arrival Health Insurance for dates you will be in Canada prior to September 1, 2022 when the annual policy will be valid. This will be arranged automatically on behalf of the student.  There are no additional steps required from students.
  • For student under 18 and not fully vaccinated, arrange a supervised quarantine for 14 days with the International Centre.

As per the Loyalist College Readiness Plan, any student who is NOT exempt from quarantine require a suitable Quarantine Plan which must be completed under supervision of Loyalist College at our partner hotel.  After arrangements are made, documentation will be provided to support entry into Canada and details regarding quarantine will be provided.

Loyalist College COVID-19 Information Centre

Effective April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Students arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may need to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival if selected for mandatory random testing

Arrival testing changes for all air travellers

Starting July 19, 2022:

  • Mandatory random arrival testing resumes for air travellers qualified as fully vaccinated
  • All COVID-19 testing for all air travellers will be done outside of airports
  • Travellers who must test will receive an email shortly after entering Canada

Air travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated and who are selected for mandatory random testing, as well as air travellers who do not qualify as fully vaccinated, will receive an email notification within 15 minutes of completing their customs declaration. The email will contain information to help them arrange for their test with a testing provider in their region. Unvaccinated travellers can complete their tests by a virtual appointment or an in-person appointment with the test provider at their store or at select pharmacies and still respect their quarantine requirements.

All vaccinated travellers who are randomly selected for the border testing surveillance program must complete arrival mandatory testing requirements.

If your arrival test result is positive, you must go into isolation and follow the federal requirement to isolate for 10 days from the date of the test result. 

Fully Vaccinated Students – Over 18:

Fully vaccinated students will be allowed to attend any provincially or territorially designated learning institution in Canada.  Travellers who are 18 years and older and not fully vaccinated, will not be permitted to board their plane for Canada.  Vaccinations must be administered a minimum of 14 days before travelling to Canada. 

Non-Fully Vaccinated Students - Under 18:

For partially or unvaccinated international students who are under 18 years of age, who are currently allowed to travel to Canada, pre-entry testing requirements are not changing.  You will need to do pre-entry testing and testing upon arrival along with the mandatory 14-day quarantine.  

Find Out If You Can Enter Canada

The Government of Canada has announced that effective January 15, 2022 international students are required to be fully vaccinated to enter Canada and begin their studies.  The complete list of approved COVID-19 vaccines includes:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Medicago Covifenz
  • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273) including for children aged 6 to 11 years
  • Novavax (NVX-COV2373, Nuvaxovid, Covovax)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) including for children aged 5 to 11 years
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

To qualify as a fully-vaccinated traveller, you must have received at least two doses of an accepted vaccine or a mix of two accepted vaccines, or at least one dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 full days prior to the day you travel. 

Travel to Canada – Vaccination Requirements

Loyalist College students who are required to quarantine, are NOT able to quarantine on their own by making their own arrangements or staying with family/friends. Students are required to follow the process outlined below and those who fail to arrange the total 14-day quarantine will not be able to register at either Loyalist College campus. 

To book your quarantine, you are required to complete the mandatory online webform to register your travel.  Our team will review your request and arrange a quarantine on your behalf at our partner hotel in Toronto. 

Quarantine Cost:

New Arriving Students: $900 subsidized cost for 14-day quarantine (Loyalist College is paying more than 50% of the actual cost)

Quarantine plan package will include:

  • Supporting document with quarantine details for for entry to Canada
  • Shuttle service details from Toronto airport to Toronto hotel location
  • Delivery of food daily, which includes three meals only – breakfast, lunch and dinner with a beverage (room service is not available)
  • Wellness checks with a member of the International Centre Team

Upon receiving the quarantine plan package, students will receive instructions on making payment in advance for their quarantine package. Quarantine fees will automatically be charged to your Loyalist College student account for payment. Delay in payment, may impact student registration.

Cancellations:

Loyalist College is striving to provide students with the highest quality service in arranging quarantine reservations. Various non-refundable financial commitments and deposits are required when making these arrangements before the student arrives.

The College will not be held responsible to cover the costs for any delays or cancellations related to travel plans. If students cancel their reservations for their 14-day quarantine plan, they will be required to pay cancellation fees for hotel reservations, driver service and catering services. Students who arrive in Canada and cancel their 14-day quarantine plan for any reason (other than an approved exemption) will be subject to a cancellation fee for each service as outlined. This includes students who test positive for COVID-19 and are moved to a federal quarantine facility.   

We understand that every student's situation or reason for cancelling is unique and therefore the cancellation charges vary. If travel to Canada is restricted, Loyalist College will ensure that your student account accurately reflects the quarantine situation.

Warning:
Students who are required to quarantine and DO NOT quarantine under supervision of Loyalist College, misrepresent information or do not follow the quarantine booking process and rules during for the 14-day period:

  • Risk rejection of entry into Canada by CBSA
  • Will be reported to law enforcement for violating the Federal Quarantine Act
  • Will be considered in violation of the Student Code of Conduct which could result in expulsion from Loyalist College
  • Will be issued fines
  • Risk the loss of tuition fees

Failure to comply with the Government of Canada’s mandated Quarantine carries legal penalties and fines. Please refer to Loyalist College's Mandatory Quarantine Plan Infractions & Sanctions

Belleville Campus Students:

If you have questions about travelling to Canada, we encourage you to attend a live Pre-Departure Arrival Information Sessions.

Dates: July 6 – September 7 (every Wednesday)
Time: 8:30 am EDT

Zoom link: Join us!
Meeting ID: 956 8959 8561
Passcode: Hak01Q

Please be advised that our July 27th session has been cancelled. Pre-departure workshops will resume on August 3.

Toronto Campus Students:

Dates: July 6 – September 7 (every Wednesday)
Time: 8:30 am EDT

Zoom link: Join Us!

Meeting ID: 946 5318 6743

Passcode: LCIT4000

Dates

 Event

August 6

Students are eligible to enter Canada four weeks maximum to the semester start date

August 30, 31 OR September 1

International Orientation - Belleville Campus 

  • Orientation: 10 am to 12 pm
  • FREE Lunch: 12:30 pm
  • Study Permit Submission: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Please bring your study and work permits (if applicable) with you. You can bring a soft copy of your permit by taking a clear picture with your phone.

Register here

 

September 6 – 10

Orientation – College wide

September 7

Classes begin

September 19

International Student Orientation – for students who did not attend previous International Orientation sessions or arrived late

September 20

Day 10 of the semester.

This is the last day to complete registration. All students must be present in classes on or before this date.

Dates

 Event

August 6

Students are eligible to enter Canada four weeks maximum to the semester start date

August 30 OR September 2

Pre- Orientation Session (VIRTUAL)

 

August 30 AND 31

Reorientation for semester three students

September 6

Orientation – Semester one students

September 6 - 9

Onsite orientation activities

September 7

Classes begin

September 20

International Student Orientation – for students who did not attend previous International Orientation sessions or arrived late

September 20

Day 10 of the semester.

This is the last day to complete registration. All students must be present in classes on or before this date.

The Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario is located approximately two hours from Belleville and is the recommended airport for pick-up service.

 

Fall 2022

Winter 2023

Arrival Dates

August 6, 2022

December 9, 2022

First Day of Classes – Orientation

September 6, 2022

January 9, 2023

Last Date to Arrive - Students must be in class

September 20, 2022

January 23, 2023

 Winter 2023:

Students arriving for a Winter start should NOT plan to fly during the Canadian Christmas holiday season.  The College is closed the week between Christmas and the new year with limited access to staff for assistance.  It is recommended to book flights after January 2 to avoid holiday fees and complications with increased costs making travel challenging as many businesses are closed. 

The following are considered holidays in Canada and not recommended dates for travel:  December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1.

It is mandatory that all international students register their travel in advance of arriving in Canada by completing the online webform regardless of vaccination status.  Students are requested to fill the Travel to Canada webform starting from July 18, 2022.

STEP 1:  Pre-Plan Arriving In Canada:

  • It is recommended that your purchase a refundable ticket in the event you need to adjust your travel plans.
  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has advised that students are only permitted to enter Canada at a maximum of four weeks before their semester. It is not advisable that students not travel on their scheduled four-month break.

STEP 2:  Submit the Mandatory Online Travel Registration Form with your Arrival Plans:

Submit your travel plans to Loyalist College using our online webform.  Be sure to complete all required information and attach required documentation to not delay this process.

Travel to Canada Web Form

  • There is a daily limit to the number of entries that can be received. If you are unable to submit, please try the next day.
  • There is no requirement to send an email once your web form is submitted.
  • Once registered, early arrival health insurance will automatically be arranged on behalf of the student.
  • There is no follow-up email after registration as Loyalist College will no longer be providing travel documents for entry to Canada – review section ‘Entering Canada – Be Prepared’
  • Under 18, non-vaccinated travellers will be contacted by email regarding quarantine arrangements.

Loyalist College will no longer be providing travel documents for entry to Canada. 

The mandatory health insurance arranged with tuition is not in effect until first day of the month for your semester intake. Regardless of vaccination status, new students planning to arrive before this date will be required to purchase Canadian health insurance at the daily rate of $1.65 for each day from the day the individual arrives in Canada until the policy is in effect.

Medical care in Canada is very expensive in the event of an emergency, an accident, or if you become ill. Having this daily insurance policy until your annual policy is in effect will be a fraction of the cost compared to a medical bill from a Canadian hospital for medical attention during a global pandemic.

This insurance will automatically be arranged and registered on your behalf and charges will be added to your Loyalist College student account.  There are no additional steps required from students.

We understand that having a comfortable place to live while attending Loyalist College is important however finding a place of your own for the first time can be a challenge.  Please visit Housing Options for more information.

Toronto Campus students:

Please visit Housing Options for more information.

Please keep in mind that staff will need at least five business days' notice to make the necessary pick-up arrangements prior to your arrival in Canada.

If you require airport pick up, please fill the online webform with all the required arrival information at least five business day before your arrival date. 

Airport Pickup to Loyalist College Residence - $150.00 CAD:

Airport pickup is available direct from Toronto airport to the Loyalist College Residence for this special rate.  This service allows for two pieces of luggage only – any additional luggage would need to confirm in advance and each bag would be an additional $30 CAD.

When registering your travel with Loyalist College, you will have the option of indicating that you would like to arrange airport pickup.  Staff will make the necessary arrangements and once confirmed, you will receive an email with all of the details regarding airport pickup to print and bring with you during your travels.  The driver will be provided your phone number to contact you directly at the airport to ensure connection.  Service fees will be added to your Loyalist College student account for payment after arrival.

Please note:  a cancellation fee will apply for late cancellations, the service fee will be automatically added to your student account at Loyalist College (based on address in Belleville).

Airport Pickup to Address Other Than Residence – approx. $380.00 CAD:

Airport pickup is available direct from Toronto airport to other addresses in Belleville.  The rate is not subsidized.  This service allows for two pieces of luggage only – any additional luggage would need to be confirmed in advance and each bag would be an additional $30 CAD.

When registering your travel with Loyalist College, you will have the option of indicating that you would like to arrange airport pickup.  Staff will make the necessary arrangements and once confirmed, you will receive an email with all of the details regarding airport pickup to print and bring with you during your travels.  The driver will be provided your phone number to contact you directly at the airport to ensure connection.  Service fees will be added to your Loyalist College student account for payment after arrival.

Please note:  a cancellation fee will apply for late cancellations, the service fee will be automatically added to your student account at Loyalist College (based on address in Belleville).

Other options for travel from the airport to Belleville can be arranged independently:

Coach Canada

Via Train

It is important to check with the airline to ensure you understand baggage allowances and item restriction.  Electrical currents in Canada are different from most other countries, so it may be better to purchase electronic appliances within Canada.  Please do not place anything of value in your luggage (money, jewelry, etc.) and be sure to carry it with you at all times.

For a complete list of what you can and cannot bring into Canada, please refer to cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

The following is a suggested list only.  Some items you may prefer to purchase upon arrival in Canada due to size and weight.

  • Pillows, bedding, towels, etc.
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Clothing for Canadian weather, which can vary from below zero to 100 degrees depending on the season
  • Informal clothing for class – both men and women wear slacks, blue jeans, sweatpants, etc.
  • More formal clothing just in case – dress or skirt for women, shirt and tie or suit for men
  • National dress, instruments, or other traditional material for international activities
  • Outdoor clothing such as light/heavy coats, rainwear, umbrella, hat, scarf and gloves
  • Pictures of family or other things you love from home, for comfort and encouragement
  • Medicine until you become familiar with what is available in Canada or for pre-existing conditions
  • Prescription, doctor’s instructions or medicine with English translation, if necessary
  • Record of immunization and medical records * see below
  • Favourite spices or any non-perishable foods
  • Laptop for your program (Loyalist College does not provide laptops)
  • Canadian currency to cover immediate costs such as rent, textbooks or groceries (we recommend at least $800 CAD) * see below
  • Credit Card – for emergencies and unexpected costs

Immunizations: 

Some programs as part of the admissions requirements and to meet legislation for placement in various community facilities, require the submission of the Loyalist College Immunization Record.  This must be completed and returned directly to the Health Centre.  It is advisable for all international students to bring proof of immunization and medical records to Canada regardless of whether it is a requirement of your program.

Currency: 

When you arrive in Canada, try to have at least $400 – $800 (CAD or USD) in cash. A currency exchange service is usually available at the Toronto airport from 5 – 12 am. We also recommend that you carry enough travellers’ cheques or bank drafts to cover at least your first month’s expenses, as there will be extra costs in the first month (such as rental, damage deposits and books) and this can amount to $1,000 – $2,000 CAD for a single student. Do not depend on bank cards etc. as your only source of cash. Sometimes banks will put a hold on funds for a few weeks; it is very important that you can access money for your rent and living expenses right away.

It is recommended to bring emergency personal items in your carry-on in the event that your luggage temporarily does not meet you in your destination in Canada.

Mandatory  - Students are required to submit vaccination details into ArriveCAN app 72 hours prior to your flight departure - you must have the updated version of the ArriveCAN app

Document Checklist:

  • Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
  • Proof of Tuition Payment
  • Valid Passport and Letter of Introduction (study permit authorization)
  • Semester Schedule (if available) – schedules typically are not available until mid-August
  • Letters of Reference or any other documents the visa office told you to bring (not required if you were not instructed)
  • GIC Proof – confirming living expenses (only applicable to SDS applicants)
  • Valid Immigration Medical Exam results
  • Proof of Vaccination
  • myLoyalist portal login credentials – you may be requested to log in at the port of entry
  • Address of where you will be staying in Canada
  • Airport pickup details

We recommended that you print each item above and have available in your carry-on bag.

Loyalist College will no longer be providing travel documents for entry to Canada. 

Requirements for children aged 5 to 11 accompanying fully vaccinated parents (and other eligible adults):

  • unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children must be tested if their accompanying parent is selected for mandatory randomized testing
  • children who qualify as fully vaccinated are not required to be tested if their accompanying parent is selected for mandatory randomized testing
  • children who qualify as fully vaccinated must be tested if they are selected for mandatory randomized testing
  • Children under the age of 5 are exempt from arrival testing.

Unvaccinated children aged 5 through 11 need to wear a mask in public settings (including schools and day camps) for 14 days after arrival to Canada

If a fully vaccinated traveller or unvaccinated child under 12 years of age tests positive on their arrival test:

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated youth 12 to 17 years of age must complete the 14-day quarantine, and all testing requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests, even when they are accompanied by travellers who qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Belleville Campus Students 

Service Canada will be at our Belleville campus for new arriving international students to apply for their Canadian SIN card.  Appointments are required to be booked in advance for one of the clinic dates/times:

August 10, 17, 24 and September 7, 14 – 9:30 till 2:30 pm

For your appointment, you must bring:

  • Passport
  • Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
  • Study permit

Register here

Note:  New arriving students are not eligible to begin working until the official program start date.


Questions

If you have any questions regarding your transition to Canada, please contact the International Centre by emailing international@loyalistcollege.com.