Student Travel

International Student Travel: Winter 2022

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. Please also review the following links carefully to ensure you fully understand the federal and provincial COVID-19 protocols that are in place for both designated learning institutions and students.

Studying In-Person at CBU

As we prepare for the Winter 2022 semester at Cape Breton University, students are expected to be in Sydney, Nova Scotia by the first day of classes on January 10, 2021. Students unable to arrive by this date are either encouraged to defer their studies to a later semester, or meet with an Academic Advisor to see if they are able to change their classes to an online offering for this semester. Arriving late will make your studies more difficult and will put you at risk of being turned away at the border by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Note: Students deferring to a later semester are reminded to drop their courses in their Compass Student Account to avoid academic and financial penalties.

Remember, entry into Canada is always at the discretion of CBSA, not CBU. Although you have a valid study permit, the final decision rests with CBSA when you arrive at your port-of-entry.

IRCC Changes for Studying Online

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced changes to restrictions for post-secondary students taking online courses as it relates to their future post-graduate work permit (PGWP) applications. Please review the information below:

  • If you are taking online classes this winter and cannot arrive in Sydney, Nova Scotia, by January 10, 2022, IRCC will allow you to continue your online studies from your home country until August 31, 2022. 
  • If you plan to start or continue your studies in Canada in January, you are required to enroll in courses delivered on campus in-person and should plan to arrive in Sydney prior to the first day of classes on January 10, 2022.
  • If you plan to be in Canada for the winter semester, the majority of your winter semester courses are required to be delivered in-person. The online course option is offered for students who are not able to travel to Canada for January and are continuing to study from their home country.
  • If you registered for online courses in January and decide to travel to Canada in the winter or spring, you risk being turned away at your port-of-entry into Canada (i.e. Toronto) by a Canada Border Services Agent. Entry into Canada is always at the discretion of CBSA, not CBU. Although you have a valid study permit, the final decision rests with CBSA when you arrive at your port-of-entry. If you choose to complete the winter semester online from your home country and do not have spring or summer courses, the next best time to travel to Canada would be August 2022, in preparation for the Fall 2022 semester. CBSA may not allow you entry into Canada earlier than August if you are not enrolled in spring or summer courses. Any of these actions could affect your PGWP.
  • We hope you choose to pursue your studies on campus in-person for the January 2022 semester. Studying in-person allows you the opportunity to receive one-on-one support through services like academic success coaching, tutoring, and much more. We also have a team of international student advisors on campus to provide you with information and support as you transition to life in Canada, applying for immigration documents like study and work permits, and navigating the Canadian healthcare system. You will also find the CBU Students’ Union and many other student groups offer great opportunities to participate and engage in school activities where you may have the chance to become one of our student leaders!

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Upon entry to Canada, fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from the 14-day quarantine and day-8 testing requirement. In order to be considered a fully vaccinated traveller, you must:

  • Have received at least two doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine, a mix of two accepted vaccines OR one Janssen / Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
    • Health Canada approved vaccines include: Moderna Spikevax, Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
  • Have received your second dose at least 14 full days prior to the day you enter Canada.

Beginning November 30, 2021:

Anyone boarding a flight or train within Canada must be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine. This is a government requirement with no exceptions. For more information, please click here.

In addition to the Health Canada approved vaccines, SINOPHARM, Covaxin and SinoVAC will be accepted for entry into Canada. This is in line with World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines.

COVID-19 Testing:

The Government of Canada 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. 

Arriving at your port-of-entry into Canada:

When you arrive at a port-of-entry into Canada, you will be asked to provide:

  • Your reason for travelling to Canada;
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure from your home country;
  • Quarantine Plan (if you are not considered a fully vaccinated traveller. To determine whether your quarantine plan will be considered suitable to CBSA, please use the Government of Canada’s assessment questionnaire here);
  • Proof of full vaccination (if you are considered a fully vaccinated traveller as per the requirements listed here)
  • Proof of valid study permit;
  • Proof of acceptance letter; and,
  • Proof of registration.

All students travelling to Canada from another country must complete the ArriveCAN Application and the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In Form. Students must also submit their negative test electronically to the ArriveCAN App prior to boarding their flight, along with their Quarantine Plan and the details of their first and second vaccination dose (date, country and vaccine you received).

  • You must provide proof in the form of a photo or PDF file of the record of your vaccinations, such as receipts or confirmations from the vaccinating organization. These must be in English, French or a certified translation into English or French.
  • Please note, when asked in the form where you are starting your journey from, be sure to put your home country, not Toronto, Montreal or any layover location.

Travelling to Nova Scotia from within Canada:

Students may need to self-isolate when they arrive in, or return to Nova Scotia. Self-isolation requirements are based on vaccination status and testing. 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) must self-isolate for 14 days and testing is recommended at the start and end of your self-isolation.

Students must be prepared to show proof of vaccination at the border. 

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs were last updated Monday, November 15, 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 requirements upon entry to Canada. and testing requirements upon entry to Canada.

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

To be considered fully vaccinated in Canada, you must have received a full series of a vaccine, or combination of vaccines, approved by Health Canada and administered 14 days prior to arrival in Canada. Health Canada approved vaccines include:

  • Pfizer – two doses
  • Moderna – two doses
  • Astrazeneca – two doses
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – one dose

Students must also take a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departure from their home country and upload their negative test electronically to the ArriveCAN App, along with their proof of vaccination and quarantine plan.

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. Students can book their quarantine accommodations through the Study Safe Corridor’s Travel Safe Package.

CBU will be monitoring the federal and provincial government guidelines for approved vaccines and we will update our approvals appropriately.

Vaccines not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada include:

  • Bharat Biotech
  • Cansino
  • Gamalaya
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
  • Vector Institute
  • Other

If you do not meet all of the requirements for the fully vaccination exemptions, you will have to complete a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival and a second test on day eight of your quarantine.

  • Completing a 14-day quarantine period; and,
  • Completing a second test on day eight of your quarantine.

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 (if you are not considered a fully vaccinated traveller);
  • Proof of vaccination (if you are considered a fully vaccinated traveller);
  • Proof of valid study permit;
  • Proof of acceptance letter;
  • Proof of registration; and,
  • Proof of a Negative COVID-19 PCR Test.

Yes! All travellers must take a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departure from their home country and submit the negative test result ArriveCAN App prior to boarding your flight. Remember to keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada.

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.

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

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

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.