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International Students Arriving to School

Pre-Arrival Requirements


International students who arrive to school from outside of Canada after the start of the school year, or who travel outside of Canada during the school year, are required to communicate directly to Admission or Boarding. They will be guided through the arrival process individually and receive a copy of the PC Quarantine Handbook.

International students must submit all of their plans including flight information, arrival date and time, self-isolation plans and proof of vaccination. The communication from Pickering College will include education on the requirements as outlined on the Government of Canada website.

Pre-departure COVID-19 Testing in Effect


Effective January 7, 2021, everyone five years of age and older flying into Canada must test negative for COVID-19 before getting on the plane.

Travellers must take a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours of their scheduled departure to Canada. PCR test results must be from a lab accredited by an external organization (e.g. government professional association or ISO accreditation), which typically takes at least one day to provide results. Proof of a negative test must be provided to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. Without a negative PCR test, travellers will not be able to get on board. At this time, proof of vaccination does not replace the requirement to obtain a negative test result. Those travelling from countries where PCR testing is unavailable will be required to report to a Public Health Agency of Canada quarantine facility and stay there for 14 days.

PCR tests will not replace quarantine requirements. In addition to the negative test result, travellers still have to quarantine for 14 days once they arrive in Canada, unless exempt from doing so under Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), made pursuant to section 58 of the Quarantine Act.

In addition to the PCR test all existing health requirements, including health check questions, temperature screening and wearing masks on flights to Canada are still required.

Travel to Canada


Students who do not hold Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency status must have a valid Study Permit as well as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) – please note that some countries are visa-exempt and do not require this.

All international students must be studying at one of the approved Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) to be able to travel to Canada. Ontario schools have recently been placed on the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) List.

It is strongly recommended that students travel with all the necessary documents when they come to Canada.

Document Checklist 

  • Valid Passport
  • Valid Study Permit or IRCC Letter of Approval
  • Valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) – Please note, some countries are visa-exempt and will not require this
  • Custodian information and completed Declaration Form
  • Tuition Receipt/Entry letter
  • Letter of Acceptance/Entry letter
    Pickering College contact information
  • Entry Letter – outlining 14-Day Quarantine Plan – from Pickering College
  • Previously downloaded ArriveCAN app prior to arrival and complete with the necessary information.
  • A Canadian phone number is advised should the Government of Canada need to be in contact
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test done no more than 72 hours prior to the flight departure
  • Proof of vaccination

Communication of Requirements to international students


Families are provided with the required documentation and instructions which include government and school consequence for not following the self-isolation requirement. More specifically, this information includes:

  • The legal requirements for a 14-day quarantine
  • Consequences for breaching quarantine, referencing the Quarantine Act
  • Student requirement to sign an attestation confirming their understanding of the pre-arrival and quarantine requirements via Permission Click.
  • Details of additional costs and fees for quarantine services provided by the school for 14-day quarantine period and any additional quarantine periods should the student become a confirmed case
  • Mandatory 14-day quarantine by international students and their family members at the school’s designated quarantine location – The Comfort Inn - Newmarket
  • Post arrival logistics detailing the quarantine accommodations and logistics for medical care or testing
  • The expectation to download the Government of Canada ArriveCan application
  • Students who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine are only required to isolate until the results of the arrival COVID-19 PCR test are back (negative)

All International Students, whether under the age of 18 years or not, are required to have a Custodian in Canada as indicated on their Custodian Appointment Form.

Government of Canada ArriveCan application


All travellers are required to provide contact and quarantine information upon and after entry into Canada. This is part of Canada’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and prevent importation. This information is crucial to Canada’s response to COVID-19.

As of November 21, 2020, if you are flying to Canada as your final destination, you must use ArriveCAN to submit your:

  • Travel and contact information
  • Quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment

You must use ArriveCAN before your board your flight to Canada.

  • If you are using the ArriveCAN app, your window to submit information opens 90 days before your flight.
  • If you submit your information by signing into the ArriveCAN online, your window opens 14 days before your flight.

Once you submit your information through ArriveCAN:

  • A receipt will be displayed
  • Be ready to show the receipt to a Canadian border services officer
  • You can show your receipt from the app as a screenshot or printout

Requirements after you’ve entered Canada

As of November 21, 2020, all travellers, whether you travel by air, land or sea, must report daily after your entry into Canada.

You must report to:

  • Confirm that you have 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 until the completion of your quarantine period or until you report symptoms

If you don’t complete your reporting, after you’ve entered Canada you can expect to receive phone calls and public health follow ups.

For more information about the ArriveCAN app and privacy details visit the ArriveCAN website.

Transportation Protocols


Upon arrival students and any co-arriving family members will meet the Pickering College driver/ designate at the Arrivals pickup outside the airport at the last post. These details are all communicated in the arrival information provided to the student/family via email.
The driver/designate, who will be wearing a mask at all times, will ensure that the student and any accompanying family members are provided with a new medical mask and asked to put it on prior to entering the vehicle.

Everyone is required to sanitize their hands prior to entering the vehicle and physical distancing protocols will be explained and enforced at all time. The driver/designate will ensure each student and accompanying family member will complete a screening form to ensure the absence of symptoms prior to entering the vehicle.
Students will be taken directly, non-stop, from the airport, upon arrival, to their self-isolation location in a private vehicle. Once in the hotel room, students are not permitted to leave.