International Student Travel

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.

A note on flight cancellations at the JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport: 

On Tuesday, December 8, Air Canada announced all flights to Sydney, Nova Scotia would be cancelled starting January 11, 2021. All students planning to travel to Sydney, Nova Scotia to continue their studies online, will be required to fly to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Cape Breton University has arranged ground transportation from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport to Sydney on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm (AST), at no additional cost. Please make sure to fill out the International Student Airport Pick-Up Form to ensure transportation is arranged for your arrival.

Students who arrive in Halifax after 1:00pm can can choose to stay at the Quality Inn Halifax Airport Hotel, who has a preferred rate of $89 per night. To book your room, contact the Quality Inn Halifax Airport Hotel directly at 1-902-873-3000. Please note, students are financially responsible for their stay and must complete an isolation contract with the hotel.

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. 

All travellers arriving by air will need to take a second COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada 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.

Government of Canada Day 10 COVID-19 Test:

As per new federal regulations, all travellers must take another COVID-19 test on Day 10 of their quarantine. This is a legal obligation and could result in a fine of up to $750,000 or imprisonment if travellers fail to comply.

All travellers will receive a COVID-19 self-test kit upon arrival in your port-of-entry city airport in Canada. Your kit will contain everything you need to know about collecting, storing and shipping your sample, but you can find more information here.

TRAVEL FAQs

The Government of Canada put in place new measures that require all travellers flying into Canada to have a negative test result for COVID-19. All passengers must present their airline with proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of their scheduled departure time. Without proof, passengers will not be allowed to board their flight. The Government of Canada is now implementing additional measures as concerns about new variants of COVID-19 arise. 

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. Please note, all students are financially responsible for their 3-night stay at their chosen government authorized hotel. 

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.

Once your flight arrangements are confirmed, please fill out the International Student Airport Pick-Up Form to ensure transportation is arranged from Halifax to Sydney. For any changes to current flight arrangements, please re-submit the International Student Airport Pick-Up  or email covidtesting@cbu.ca.

 

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.

When you book your flight from your home country, we recommend booking your trip to Halifax, with a 3-day stop in Toronto. You can do this by booking a “multi city” trip. However, if you are not able to make your connection due to a positive test, you will be responsible for rebooking your flight. You will also be responsible for any financial costs associated with rebooking.

Once your flight arrangements are confirmed, fill out the International Airport Pick-Up Form to ensure transportation is arranged from Halifax to Sydney.

 

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 Wednesday, February 3, 2:00pm.

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. 

All students travelling to Canada, from another country, are required to complete the federally mandated 14-day quarantine regardless if they were previously studying in Canada or not.

Students arriving in Nova Scotia, from outside of Canada, must complete their 14-day quarantine at a CBU designated location booked through the Study Safe Corridor.

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;
  • Confirmation of your pre-booked/pre-paid 3-night stay at a government authorized hotel upon arrival to your port-of-entry city into Canada;
  • 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, you must complete your mandatory 14-day quarantine but not at a CBU designated location. Quarantine accommodations will be the students’ responsibility.

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 for the winter semester by emailing internationaloffice@cbu.ca. Students who fit this category must follow the provincially mandated 14-day quarantine and adhere to laws in Nova Scotia related to COVID-19.

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, quarantine requirements apply to all those entering Nova Scotia. Whether you arrive in Nova Scotia via another Canadian province or directly from another country, you will need to quarantine for two weeks.

Yes, anyone entering Nova Scotia from another Canadian province are required to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Therefore, you would be completing a 14-day quarantine in another province, and then another 14-day quarantine when you arrive in Nova Scotia (28 days total).

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.

However, Cape Breton University will provide new-to-CBU students, who are registered for classes for spring/summer semester, with a $1000 subsidy for arrivals up to June 30, 2021, while quarantine requirements are still in place. The subsidy will be applied to your student account following the completion of your quarantine.

Students who began studying at CBU since May 2020, but have not yet been to Canada, are also considered new and will be eligible for the subsidy.

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

Due to the cancellation of all flights to Sydney, Nova Scotia, students will be required to fly into the Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ground transportation will be provided from Halifax to Sydney on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, departing from the airport at 1:00pm (Atlantic), at no additional cost.

All students are required to use CBU arranged transportation when arriving in Halifax and travelling to their CBU designated quarantine location. 

Students who arrive in Halifax after 1:00pm can choose to stay at the Quality Inn Halifax Airport Hotel, who has a preferred rate of $89 per night. To book your room, please contact the Quality Inn Halifax Airport Hotel directly at 902-873-3000. Please note, students are financially responsible for their stay and must complete an isolation contract with the hotel.

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.