Student Pre-Arrival Handbook

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

It is recommended that students consider booking travel arrangements that are refundable should you need to adjust your travel plans. Face coverings are mandatory for all air travellers. 

Face Covering Restrictions

Travel items required

  • Original Loyalist College in Toronto (LCIT) Letter of Acceptance
  • LCIT Co-op Letter (only if you have a placement in your program)
  • A passport, valid for the duration of your stay 
  • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or eTA
  • Letter of Introduction (approval letter issued by the Canadian Embassy)
  • Loyalist Supporting Letter for Travel (for travel to Canada during COVID-19)
  • Proof of funds for the duration of your stay in Canada
  • Proof you have paid your deposit to Loyalist College 
  • Any other documents you used when you applied for your Study Permit
  • Your detailed Quarantine Plan
  • Face masks (minimum of 3 is recommended) which cover your mouth and nose
  • One bottle of hand sanitizer up to 355 ml in addition to 100 ml bottles to be placed in a 1 litre clear resealable bag
  • Food/snacks and water (check with your airline regarding whether they will have any food available in-flight)
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Gloves (not necessary, but you may wish to bring some)

Mandatory Self-Quarantine for 14 Days

For Loyalist’s mandatory quarantine plan details and considerations for new and returning students including additional family members please refer to our Travel to Canada web page:

Travel to Canada 

In addition, students attending Loyalist College’s Toronto campus should refer to the following checklist before arriving in Canada:

  1. COVID-19 Information Acknowledgement: You must acknowledge that they have received and understand COVID-19 rules and guidelines information provided by Loyalist College in Toronto.
  2. Arrival Information Form: You must submit your arrival dates and time, emergency contact and address for quarantine period to
  3. Quarantine Plan: Quarantine plan details is made mandatory by the government before arriving to Canada, you will not be allowed to enter without the plan.
  4. Download ArriveCAN app to your phone.

ArriveCAN App

As of November 21, 2020, it is mandatory for all travellers flying into Canada to submit their COVID-related information digitally through ArriveCAN. Travellers are required to download the ArriveCAN app from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and submit their information through ArriveCAN before boarding. This includes travel and contact information, quarantine plan and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment. Travellers will need to show their ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry to Canada and CBSA officers will be verifying that the information has been submitted digitally.
ArriveCAN is a free app that has been designed to help travellers comply with border measures and limit points of contact. Information can be saved up to 48 hours ahead of arrival time and the app works in airplane mode. 

ArriveCAN App

COVID Alert App

Protect your community. Download the COVID Alert app. The more Canadians who install the COVID Alert app, the better we can limit the spread of COVID-19. Let’s protect each other. For the latest and most up-to-date information on the novel COVID-19, visit the Government of Canada’s webpage or call the coronavirus information line: 1-833-784-4397.

COVID Alert App

Government regulations during COVID-19 pandemic

The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measure to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada. You must isolate for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms as outlined in the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order. Your compliance with this order is subject to monitoring, verification, and enforcement. Those in violation may face detention in a quarantine facility as well as fines and/or imprisonment.

Maximum penalties include a fine up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months. Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening this act of the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1 million or to imprisonment of up to three years, or both. Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance. 

For more information about self-isolation in Canada, please visit:

Health Insurance

Medical care in Canada is very expensive. The mandatory health insurance (as part of the tuition payment) with for the Winter 2021 semester is effective starting January 1, 2021. Any student who arrives prior to this date will have a daily insurance package added to the cost of the quarantine package. The daily cost is $1.65 and will be charged from the date the student arrives in Canada until December 31, 2021.

Please note: The mandatory annual policy does not cover pre-existing conditions, so please plan accordingly before travelling to Canada if you have a pre-existing condition that you need to manage. Benefit Summary

Mental Health Service

Please contact to book a complimentary session with our psychotherapist.

Winter Semester Dates

Monday, January 11: Classes begin for returning students

Tuesday, January 12: Classes begin for January start students

Monday, January 25: Day ten of the semester – last day to complete registration

Winter 2021 Program Specific Delivery Plans

If you have any questions regarding your transition to Canada, please contact the International Centre: