This page provides detailed information related to travel in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information regarding travel to and from Canada visit the Government of Canada's website.

Guidelines for travel to Canada

  • Students arriving to Western from outside Canada (including international students, Canadian citizens or permanent residents) should visit Western's international arrival website and COVID-19 FAQ page for required steps for travelling to Canada, information, and resources.
  • All students are encouraged to register their arrival and quarantine plan with Western, regardless of vaccination status. By registering, Western will be expecting you and can assist in case anything unexpected happens before or during your travels.
  • For questions, contact or book an appointment with an international student advisor. 

Guidelines for travel within Canada

Travellers departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail, are required to show proof of vaccination. Please visit the Government of Canada travel website for the most up-to-date information regarding travel restrictions.

Guidelines for travel outside of Canada

The Government of Canada has lifted its global travel advisory as of February 28, 2022. 

University-sanctioned international travel for students

Western has resumed outbound international university-sanctioned student travel. University-sanctioned international travel refers to any activities involving travel outside of Canada that have been approved, authorized, and/or supported by a Western University, department, unit, staff and/or faculty member.  

International travel continues to be subject to significant disruptions, including enhanced screening and border measures. It is critical that students follow Western’s steps to travel closely, including reviewing Global Affairs advisories, completing pre-departure modules, reviewing health and travel insurance coverage, and entering their travel information in Western’s travel registry. 

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Short-term travel outside of Canada: key steps

Follow these steps for safe travel and return. These steps apply to travellers fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the government of Canada. If you are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated and intend to travel to Canada, please contact for information.

  1. Check any COVID-19-related requirements or risks in your country of destination. Visit Canada's travel advice and advisories or International SOS
  2. Prepare a Quarantine Plan even if you are fully vaccinated and expect to be exempt from quarantine. A decision on quarantine exemption is made by a border officer at the point of entry to Canada.
  3. Enter your return travel and quarantine information in the ArriveCAN app, including uploading your proof of vaccination and pre-entry test information.
  4. Students Only: Register your Travel & Quarantine Plan with Western for your return to Canada.  We encourage all students to register their travel and quarantine plan, even if they are fully vaccinated and expect to be exempt. By registering, Western will be expecting you and can assist in case anything unexpected happens before or during your travels.


See the Government of Canada travel website for further details.

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