International Student Travel

On Friday, October 2, 2020, the Government of Canada amended travel restrictions to allow international students to enter Canada starting October 20, if their designated learning institution (DLI) has a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province. Cape Breton University was added to the approved DLI list on November 3, 2020. Please watch your CBU email regularly for important information and updates.

Government of Canada: COVID-19: A Guide for International Students in Canada Arriving from Abroad

Here’s what you need to know:

In preparation for your return to Canada, please carefully review the terms from the Government of Canada to make sure you meet the criteria that will allow you to travel to Canada. Those terms are listed here.

It is very important that you do not make travel plans until you are notified by Cape Breton University to do so, as intakes will be managed to ensure adherence to mandatory quarantine plans.

Remember, Cape Breton University cannot guarantee your entry to 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.

As of November 21, 2020, students will be required to use the ArriveCAN mobile app before boarding their flight. Students will need to provide travel and contact information, a quarantine plan, and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment. Students will need to be ready to show their ArriveCAN receipt at their port entry into Canada and a Canada Border Services Agent will verify that you have submitted their information digitally.

For students travelling from outside of Canada to Nova Scotia

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 and must have their quarantine plan approved by CBU prior to entering Canada. Please fill out the Quarantine Commitment Form here

Students should also know that they are financially responsible for their accommodations during the 14-day quarantine period and must provide payment prior to arriving in Canada. Due to COVID-19, new-to-CBU students must also pay their first year of study tuition and returning students must ensure their accounts are in good standing.

For students travelling to Nova Scotia from another Province

All students currently in Canada, who are studying outside of the Atlantic Provinces, must inform CBU if they plan to come to Nova Scotia for the winter semester. Students travelling to Nova Scotia are required to follow the provincially mandated mandatory 14-day quarantine and adhere to laws in Nova Scotia related to COVID-19.

As of November 9, people travelling into Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada for non-essential reasons must self-isolate alone or with others who are self-isolating for the same period. If there are other people in the home, they must also self-isolate (everyone in the home where the traveller is self-isolating needs to self-isolate).

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs were last updated Tuesday, November 17, 11:00am.

Yes, CBU is a Designated Learning Institution.

Yes, Cape Breton University 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, please inform CBU by emailing internationaloffice@cbu.ca. If you are coming to Nova Scotia, you must ensure you have an approved 14-day quarantine plan. Please fill out the Quarantine Commitment Form here.  

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

  • Booking confirmation of your chosen quarantine option;
  • Proof of valid study permit;
  • Proof of acceptance letter;
  • Proof of registration in classes for January 2021.

If you are traveling to Nova Scotia from outside of Canada, you must complete your mandatory 14-day quarantine at a CBU designated location. 

If you are traveling to Nova Scotia from another Province you must complete your mandatory 14-day quarantine but not at a CBU designated location.

NOTE: students are financially responsible to pay for their quarantine accommodations and must do so prior to arriving in Canada. 

 

Option 1

Students can choose to complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine in Residence on the CBU campus. The total cost is $1050 per person. 

Note: if a student commits to living in residence for the 2021 winter semester (January to April), then there will be no charge to complete the mandatory 14-day accommodation in residence. For this, the total cost will be $280 per person for meals 

To submit your application, please click here.

Option 2

Students who wish to stay in the off-campus location at the Cambridge Suites Hotel in downtown Sydney must make their own reservation directly with the hotel for the reserved block of rooms under “CBU Quarantine.”  The total cost is $1712.92, which includes room and meals for 14 days. Please call 902-562-6500 to make your reservation.

If you are travelling with a family member(s) or support person(s), the cost of the room will remain the same. However, each person will be charged an additional $20 per day for meals. This additional charge will also be billed directly to the students account.

Note: As per provincial regulations, students can only book one person per room, unless with a family member or immediate support person.

No, only students who are travelling to Canada, and to Nova Scotia, must fill out their Quarantine Commitment Plan.

If you are coming to Canada, but not to Nova Scotia, click here.

If you are already in Canada and are coming to Nova Scotia from another Canadian Province, click here.

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

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 and must have their quarantine plan approved, by CBU, prior to entering Canada.

All students currently in Canada who are studying outside of the Atlantic Provinces must inform CBU if they plan to come to Nova Scotia for the winter semester. Students who fit this category must follow the provincially mandated 14-day quarantine and adhere to laws in Nova Scotia related to COVID-19.

Yes, but this information must be included in the student’s 14-day mandatory quarantine plan that must be approved before coming to Canada.

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 outside the Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island) are required to perform a 14 day quarantine. Therefore, you would be completing a 14 day quarantine in another province, and a 14 day quarantine when coming to Nova Scotia (28 days total).

Yes, students are financially responsible for their mandatory 14-day quarantine accommodations.  

Option 1

Students can choose to complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine in Residence on the CBU campus. The total cost is $1050 per person.

Note: if a student commits to living in residence for the 2021 winter semester (January to April), then there will be no charge to complete the mandatory 14-day accommodation in residence. For this, the total cost will be $280 per person for meals. 

To submit your application, please click here.

Option 2

Students who wish to stay in the off-campus location at the Cambridge Suites Hotel in downtown Sydney must make their own reservation directly with the hotel for the reserved block of rooms under “CBU Quarantine.”  The total cost is $1712.92, which includes room and meals for 14 days. Please call 902-562-6500 to make your reservation.

If you are travelling with a family member(s) or support person(s), the cost of the room will remain the same. However, each person will be charged an additional $20 per day for meals. This additional charge will also be billed directly to the students account.

Note: As per provincial regulations, students can only book one person per room, unless with a family member or immediate support person.

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

Yes, students travelling to Nova Scotia that have received their Travel Support Letter are permitted to travel until December 6, 2020, and after January 2, 2021. Students are not permitted to travel during the period of December 7 and January 1. 

After your travel arrangements are confirmed, all students must fill out the International Student Airport Pick-Up Form.

Yes. Due to limited flight availability to Sydney, Nova Scotia, students must choose their flight with a connection in Toronto, Ontario. This will allow you to travel direct from Toronto to Sydney, Nova Scotia.

After arriving in Sydney, Nova Scotia, CBU arranged transportation will be there to pick you up and transport you to your CBU designated quarantine location.

Once confirmed, all students are required to:

  • Fill out the International Student Airport Pick-Up Form
  • 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.

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

  • Passport
  • Study Permit or Letter of Approval from IRCC
  • Admission Letter or Proof of Enrollment from Cape Breton University
  • Travel Support Letter (this includes your approved quarantine plan)

By submitting your Quarantine Commitment Form, you are confirming that you have read and understood the importance of the quarantine procedure. Students who are found in violation of their plan 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.