Updated April 5, 2021
This page provides detailed information related to travel in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These directives may change as the situation evolves. Please check back regularly for updates.
Due to a surge of COVID-19 cases, all of Ontario enters a provincewide emergency brake effective Saturday, April 3 for at least four weeks.
Ontario advisory regarding Interprovincial travel
The Ontario government recommends travel out of province should be limited to only essential purposes.
If you are travelling by air within Canada, you may be denied boarding if you show any COVID-19 symptoms. Additional provincial, territorial and local public health measures may be applied at your final destination.
The Canadian government recently announced additional travel requirements coming into effect for all travellers, regardless of citizenship, coming to Canada by air and by land. These include a mandatory 3-day stay at a government-approved hotel for those travelling by air and additional mandatory COVID-19 testing for those travelling by land.
Western International is working to fully understand how the new federal travel requirements intersect with our existing protocols as required by our provincial government. We will be communicating information as we receive it through email, on our International Arrivals webpage, and on our FAQs page as we get further clarity on costs and logistics for students.
Guidelines for International travel
Canadian citizens and permanent residents are advised to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Effective Friday, January 15, 2021, London COVID-19 assessment centres as well as Western’s COVID Testing Centre will no longer be testing individuals who are travelling outside of Canada and require a COVID-19 test before travelling or entering their country of destination. This is in compliance with a change in testing criteria from the Province of Ontario.
The list of locations providing private, pre-travel COVID-19 testing can be found here: https://covidtestinglm.ca/london-locations-covid-19-testing-for-international-travel/. Currently, the closest location to campus to get a COVID-19 test for travel is the London Travel Clinic at 520 Sarnia Road.
If you must travel, visit the Government of Canada's travel advice and advisories for your destination(s) regulation to verify health recommendations and safety and security information.
This Government of Canada website provides up-to-date information on which flights (domestic and international) have confirmed cases of COVID-19. Check it to see if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 during your travels.
We also recommend the use of International SOS resources to help you make more informed travel decisions based on medical, security, and country travel risk guides available online or by downloading the assistance app.
Students who choose to travel abroad must register their quarantine plan with Western in advance and follow the required steps for international arrival upon their return. Note: students in residence are not permitted to quarantine in residence upon return.
University sanctioned international travel for students
To protect the health, safety and wellness of the of the university community, Western has suspended university sanctioned international travel outside of Canada for all students until August 30, 2021. This includes exchange, study abroad, faculty-led programs, internships, research placements, community-engaged learning, practicums conferences or any other international travel that is approved by a Western faculty member, department, staff-member, Faculty, or non-academic unit. This applies to all students – undergraduate, graduate, professional or other. For more information visit international.uwo.ca/safety_abroad.
Travelling to Western from outside Canada
As of November 17, 2020, Western's COVID-19 Readiness plan has been approved by the Government of Ontario meaning that travel to Canada is possible for eligible international students.
If you are an international student who is currently outside of Canada and you have a valid study permit or have been approved for a study permit, you may be able to enter Canada, provided you meet specific requirements, follow government required COVID-19 testing procedures and develop a safe 14-day quarantine plan, including a three-day quarantine stay at a government-approved hotel in the city you land in. Find more details about booking on the government website. Students travelling to Canada for the Winter Term may be eligible for reimbursement for the government-required hotel stay.
Before travelling, all student must register your quarantine plan with Western prior to arrival in Canada. Please visit our International Arrival page for more information and steps to take when planning travel.
Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents arriving from outside Canada must also register a quarantine plan and follow the required steps for international arrival, including government required testing and quarantine. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or book an appointment with an international student advisor.
As of November 21, 2020 all travellers returning to/arriving in Canada must submit COVID-related information digitally using ArriveCan. All travellers are required to provide contact and quarantine information upon and after entry into Canada.
As of January 7, 2021, government requirements state that all international travellers are 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 (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 will also be required to recieve a negative test result after arrival, and must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine, and follow all other travel requirements.