Student Travel

Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, as of April 22, 2021 at 11:30pm (EST), the Government of Canada has suspended all direct flights from India and Pakistan, to Canada, until August 21, 2021. Please note, during that period, students travelling to Canada from India or Pakistan via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada. For more information, please click here.

International Student Travel

In October of 2020, the Government of Canada amended travel restrictions to allow international students to enter the country if their Designated Learning Institution (DLI) had an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. Since then, Cape Breton University has been working closely with the Government to ensure an informed and positive travel experience for all students. 

In preparation for your arrival in Canada, please carefully review the terms from the Government of Canada to make sure you meet the criteria for travel. Those terms are listed here. Prior to arrival, please also review the Government of Canada: COVID-19: A Guide for International Students Arriving in Canada from Abroad and the Nova Scotia Public Health Requirements carefully to ensure you fully understand the federal and provincial COVID-19 protocols that are in place for both designated learning institutions, and students. 

Remember, Cape Breton University cannot guarantee your entry into Canada. Although you have a valid study permit and CBU is on the approved DLI list, the final decision rests with a Canada Border Services Agency Officer when you arrive at a port of entry.

COVID-19 Testing

The Government of Canada now requires everyone flying into Canada to have a negative test result for COVID-19. All passengers must present their airline with proof of a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of their scheduled departure time. Without proof, passengers will not be allowed to board their flight. 

As of July 5, 2021 at 12:01am (Eastern Standard Time), fully vaccinated international students qualify to be exempt from quarantine and testing requirements upon entry to Canada, including the government approved hotel accommodations, 14-day quarantine and day eight testing in Canada. Students are still required to have a negative test result for COVID-19 prior to departure from their home country.

TRAVEL FAQs

Quarantine Information for Unvaccinated Travellers and those who do not qualify for Government of Canada Quarantine Exemptions

The Government of Canada requires everyone flying into Canada to have a negative test result for COVID-19 and must present their airline with proof of a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of their scheduled departure time.

Effective February 22, 2021, all travellers arriving by air will need to take a second COVID-19 test upon arrival and will be required to conduct a 3-night stay at a government authorized hotel in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto or Montreal while they wait for their result. Students are financially responsible for their 3-night stay at their chosen government authorized hotel. Unvaccinated travellers (or those who do not qualify for Government of Canada quarantine exemptions) travelling to Canada, and to Nova Scotia, are also required to make travel arrangements with the Study Safe Corridor and their Travel Safe Package available here

If negative, travellers will be able to proceed to their final destination, where they will complete the balance of their federally mandated 14-day quarantine. For example, if a student receives a negative test result after 3 days in their port-of-entry city, they will only have to quarantine for 11 days upon arrival in Nova Scotia.

If positive, travellers will be directed to a designated quarantine facility to complete their 14-day quarantine. Once complete, and travellers have a negative COVID-19 test, they can proceed to their final destination. If their final destination is Nova Scotia, travellers will need to complete a second 14-day quarantine at a CBU designated quarantine location, as per Government of Nova Scotia provincial regulations.

Effective February 22, 2021, prior to leaving your home country, you are required to: 

  • Book your flight and your 3-night stay at a government authorized hotel in your port-of-entry city in either Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto or Montreal. A list of government authorized hotels can be found here.
  • Submit your negative COVID-19 test electronically to the ArriveCAN App. This must be done prior to boarding your flight. 
  • Once you arrive in your port-of-entry city, you will be required to provide confirmation to a Canada Border Services Agent that you have pre-booked and pre-paid for your 3-night stay at a government authorized hotel.

If you are travelling to Nova Scotia, follow the mandatory travel steps found on this page.

A list of government authorized hotels can be found here.

Costs of these hotel stays will vary at each location, but could cost up to $2,000. This price includes room, food, cleaning, infection prevention and control measures, security and transportation.

Upon arrival, you will be required to take a COVID-19 test. After you’ve taken your test, please proceed to your government authorized hotel while you wait for your test result.

The government authorized hotel is responsible for travel between the airport and the designated hotel. Please contact them for further information about transportation.

Any traveller who refuses to take a COVID-19 test on arrival may be subject to a $3,000 fine.

If negative, travellers will be able to proceed to their final destination, where they will complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated quarantine location. Fill out the International Airport Pick-Up Form to ensure transportation is arranged from Halifax to Sydney.

If positive, travellers will be directed to a designated quarantine facility to complete their 14-day quarantine. Once complete, and travellers have a negative COVID-19 test, they can proceed to their final destination. If their final destination is Nova Scotia, travellers will need to complete a second 14-day quarantine at their designated quarantine location, as per Government of Nova Scotia provincial regulations.

No, you will not have to pay to stay in the designated quarantine facility if you receive a positive result.

No, all travellers are required to reserve and stay in a government authorized hotel for up to three days, at their own cost, while they wait for the result of their COVID-19 test they took upon arrival.

All international students are required to quarantine for 14 days and get tested under the federal Quarantine Act. They must spend at least 3 days in a government authorized hotel in their port-of-entry city and get a negative test result before they can proceed to their final destination.

Students will not need to re-start their quarantine upon arrival in Nova Scotia, but will need to complete the balance of their 14 day quarantine in Canada.

For example, if a student receives a negative test result after 3 days in their port-of-entry city, they will only have to quarantine for 11 days upon arrival in Nova Scotia.

Questions? Please contact postsecondary@novascotia.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs were last updated Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Yes, CBU is a Designated Learning Institution.

Yes, CBU has a COVID Readiness Plan that has been approved by the Province of Nova Scotia. 

On November 3, 2020, CBU was added to the approved DLI list. View the list here.

Yes. Before coming to Canada, you must inform CBU by emailing internationaloffice@cbu.ca. 

Fully vaccinated travellers with a full series of a vaccine, or combination of vaccines, approved by Health Canada and administered 14 days prior to arrival in Canada, qualify to be exempt from quarantine and testing requirements upon entry to Canada, including the government approved hotel accommodations, 14-day quarantine and day eight testing.

Health Canada approved vaccines include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

Although you may be exempt from quarantine requirements, you still must have a suitable quarantine place in place as exemptions will not be granted until you reach your port-of-entry into Canada. The final decision rests with a Canada Border Services Agent as to whether quarantine exemptions are granted.

Unvaccinated travellers are required to complete the federally mandated 14-day quarantine and can contact book their quarantine accommodations through the Study Safe Corridor’s Travel Safe Package. For more information, email contactus@thestudenttravels.com.

As you know, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some important protocols that international students coming to Canada must follow to reduce the risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19. In partnership with The Student Travels and Maritime Travel, Languages Canada has created a convenient, all-inclusive and worry-free Safe Arrival and Quarantine package for international students. 

It is mandatory that all students travelling to Nova Scotia, from outside of Canada, follow the Study Safe Corridor travel process. 

For more information, please contact contactus@thestudenttravels.com

To maintain its inclusion on the list of Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) confirmed as ready to safely welcome international students during COVID-19, CBU must ensure continued compliance with requirements set forth by the Government of Nova Scotia. Those requirements can be found here.

If CBU does not comply with the requirements set forth by the Government of Nova Scotia, it risks removal from IRCC’s list of approved DLIs and will no longer be able to accept international students.

In order to travel to Canada, students will require the following:

  • Study Safe Corridor Quarantine Package;
  • Proof of valid study permit;
  • Proof of acceptance letter;
  • Proof of registration; and,
  • Proof of a Negative COVID-19 PCR Test.

No. If you are travelling to Nova Scotia, from outside of Canada, you must book a Study Safe Corridor Quarantine Package here.

If you are travelling to Nova Scotia from another Province, your self-isolation requirements will be based on your vaccination status.

Self-isolation requirements include:

  • People who are fully vaccinated (two doses) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia do not need to self-isolate, but testing is recommended.
  • People who are partially vaccinated (first dose) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for seven days and receive two negative test results in order to leave self-isolation after seven days.
  • People who are not vaccinated (zero doses) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days and testing is recommended at the start and end of your self-isolation.

All students must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form.

Accommodations can be found through the Study Safe Corridor Quarantine Package here.

Students should not owe Cape Breton University any outstanding fees or tuition for their account to be considered in good standing.

All students currently in Canada who are studying outside of Nova Scotia must inform CBU if they plan to come to Nova Scotia by emailing internationaloffice@cbu.ca. 

If you are travelling to Nova Scotia from another Canadian province, your self-isolation requirements will be based on your vaccination status.

Self-isolation requirements include:

  • People who are fully vaccinated (two doses) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia do not need to self-isolate, but testing is recommended.
  • People who are partially vaccinated (first dose) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for seven days and receive two negative test results in order to leave self-isolation after seven days.
  • People who are not vaccinated (zero doses) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days and testing is recommended at the start and end of your self-isolation.

All students must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form.

For more information on travel to Nova Scotia from another Canadian province, please click here.

Yes, you can still travel with a family member. Companion packages are charged with a supplemental fee, based on occupancy, food and beverage with your Study Safe Quarantine Package.

Please note that there is a maximum occupancy in hotels of 4 guests. Any additional guests will require a second hotel room. All guests must adhere to the Canadian Quarantine Act.

Yes, students are financially responsible for their mandatory 14-day quarantine accommodations, including their 3-night stay at a government authorized hotel in your port-of-entry city into Canada.

To deposit funds into your account, please sign in to your Compass Student Account here. For a list of Payment Options, please click here.

Once confirmed, all students are required to:

  • Book their Study Safe Corridor Quarantine Package here;
  • Book their 3-night stay in a government authorized hotel in their port-of-entry city into Canada;
  • Fill out the International Student Airport Pick-Up Form and upload their flight itinerary to ensure transportation is available. 
  • Get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their scheduled departure time.
  • Download the ArriveCAN App before boarding your flight
    • This is where you will provide travel and contact information, your quarantine plan, and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment test. Be ready to show your ArriveCAN receipt when you arrive at your port of entry into Canada.
  • Complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form

When you arrive at your port of entry into Canada, be sure to have the following documents ready:

  • Passport;
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test;
  • Confirmation of your pre-booked/pre-paid 3-night stay at a government authorized hotel of choice;
  • Confirmation of your Study Safe Corridor Quarantine Package;
  • Study Permit or Letter of Approval from IRCC;
  • Admission Letter or Proof of Enrolment from Cape Breton University.

Students who are found in violation of their quarantine plans risk fines or removal from Canada.

Yes, CBU will issue penalties for any student that breaks the 14-day quarantine rules.

Minor Infraction:

Example: leaving room for a short time outside of the 1-hour recreation period

First Offense: Written warning and a $250 fine
Second Offense: $500 fine
Third Offense: De-registration from courses and contact with the Canada Border Services Agency and IRCC.

Major Infraction:  

Example: Visitors in residence, visiting others, leaving quarantine to go to a public place like a mall or restaurant

First Offense: De-registration from courses and contact with Canada Border Services Agency and IRCC.

Some students will only have an invitation letter and their study permit will be printed by Canada Border Services Agency when they arrive at their port of entry into Canada.

Students should use their UCI (Unique Client Identifier) Number, which is on all invitation letters and study permits.

Nova Scotia has been able to keep its COVID-19 cases low, and we all have a role to play in ensuring that our communities remain safe. As always, the health and safety of our students, our campus and the broader Cape Breton communities continue to be our top priority. Please visit www.cbu.ca/covid19 for updates, helpful FAQs and more.