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

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 must register their arrival and quarantine plan with Western, regardless of vaccination status. Western is required by the government to collect information on students’ arrival and quarantine plan, even if you are fully vaccinated and expect to be exempt. 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

Effective November 30, 2021, travellers departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail, will be required to show proof of vaccination in order to travel. You should also check if there are restrictions in place at your destination. Visit the Government of Canada travel website for more details.

Guidelines for travel outside of Canada

On October 21, 2021, the Government of Canada lifted the global travel advisory that was previously in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, COVID-19 related restrictions continue to impact international travel.

Guidelines can change quickly and often. If you choose to travel, there are no guarantees that you will be able to return on schedule, or that you will be exempt from quarantine. Please monitor the following resources for the latest details:

University sanctioned international travel for students

  • Students participating in University sanctioned international travel (exchange, internships etc.) should visit Western's Safety Abroad website for important steps to plan safe travel, and to find up-to-date resources and information.
  • Please note COVID-19 related restrictions may have an impact on international experiences and/or operations at Western's partner institutions, depending on the region or country of destination. For questions, contact

Short-term travel outside of Canada: key steps

Follow these steps for safe travel and return. These steps apply to all travellers, even if you are fully vaccinated, and regardless of citizenship.

  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. Obtain a PCR test within 72 hours before you board your return flight or you cross a land border.
    Note: special requirements are in place if you are travelling from India. Also, as of November 30, 2021, if Canadian citizens and permanent residents travel to the United States for less than 72 hours, they are not required to obtain a PCR test.

  3. Prepare a Quarantine Plan even if you are fully vaccinated with a Government of Canada approved vaccine 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.

  4. Enter your return travel and quarantine information in the ArriveCAN app , including uploading your proof of vaccination if you expect to be exempt from quarantine.

  5. Students Only: Register your Travel & Quarantine Plan with Western for your return to Canada. Western is required by the government to collect information on students’ arrival and quarantine plan, even if you are fully vaccinated and expect to be exempt. This applies to ALL students travelling or returning from outside Canada, not just international students. Note: students in residence are not permitted to quarantine in residence upon return.

As of December 1, 2021, new border restrictions are in place, including for travel from selected countries in Africa, and enhanced testing and screening. All travellers (except those coming from the United States) should be prepared to take a COVID-19 test upon return to Canada and self-isolate until results are received.

See the Government of Canada travel website for details.

Other travel resources