Travel

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This page provides detailed information related to travel in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These directives may change as the situation evolvesPlease check back regularly for updates.

The province has outlined a three step re-opening plan. The province enters step three on Friday, July 16, 2021. Western will remain in each step for at least 21 days and progress to the next step will occur only if vaccination thresholds and other key public health indicators have been met.

Western International is working to fully understand how 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.

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 December 31, 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 

All Western University, Brescia, Huron and King's University College students arriving from outside of Canada (including international students and Canadian citizens) are required to complete all necessary testing and quarantine requirements and must register their mandatory travel and quarantine plan with Western prior to arrival in Canada.

As of July 5, travellers eligible to enter Canada who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) may be exempt from select quarantine requirements. For eligibility information, please visit the Government of Canada website. Please note that the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization for students living in residence may not be Health Canada-approved for quarantine exemptions.

Students who do not meet the new eligibility requirements will still need to complete all the steps required to travel to Canada from abroad, including a three-day stay in a government-authorized hotel as part of their 14-day quarantine period and Day 8 COVID-19 testing. For more information on quarantine please visit the International Arrival website.

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 iesc@uwo.ca or book an appointment with an international student advisor.

All travellers returning to/arriving in Canada must also submit COVID-related information digitally using ArriveCan. All travellers are required to provide contact and quarantine information upon and after entry into Canada.

Visit our International Arrival page for the full checklist of travel-related steps and contact one of our advisors if you have questions.