For the most up-to-date travel information, please refer to the Government of Canada Travel Health Notices page.
Travelling internationally? What you need to know
All students are asked to consider carefully any plans that involve travel outside of Canada. As a Designated Learning Institution, Mohawk College has requirements related to supporting and being aware of travel outside of Canada of all Mohawk College students. All students, domestic and international, currently living in Canada who have plans to travel outside of the country and return to Canada to continue studies at Mohawk College are required to indicate their travel plans through the Mohawk student Intent to Travel form.
All students travelling to Mohawk College from outside of Canada are required to self-isolate for a period of 14-days. These rules apply after any subsequent international travel for as long as the self-isolation requirement remains a directive of the Government of Canada. The 14-night stay at a quarantine location must be located in Ontario and approved by Mohawk College prior to arrival. Fully Vaccinated Travellers may qualify for quarantine and Day-8 testing exemptions if they meet the requirements and receive the exemption approval by a government representative at the border. See the Government of Canada website for further information about this exemption. All students are required to submit arrivals and self-isolation plans to Mohawk College for approval via the iCent COVID Safe App.
The Government of Canada is mandating the following COVID-19 tests be taken by travelers:
- Pre-Departure: all air passengers five years of age or older are required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine. See the Government of Canada website for further details.
- Upon Arrival: all travelers are required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival at the Canadian airport where they land.
- During Quarantine: Travellers will also be required to take another COVID-19 molecular test on day 8 of their 14-day quarantine. Travellers will be provided with a COVID-19 test kit and instructions before leaving the airport.
What you need to do if you will be traveling internationally
- Complete the Mohawk student Intent to Travel form.
- After completing the Intent to Travel Form, you will be contacted by the Arrivals team and asked to submit a Self-Isolation Plan that will be reviewed by the Arrivals Team. If your Plan does not meet the required standards, you will be advised to update your Plan. You are required to communicate with the Arrivals Team regarding any required follow-ups regarding updating the Self-Isolation Plan.
- Plan sufficient time to complete the 14-day quarantine period. As a reminder, students will not be permitted on campus for classes if this quarantine period has not been completed. Students should also understand the quarantine requirements for countries outside of Canada as they will have their own unique mandatory requirements. In addition, students should be aware of the reduced flight availability to Canada for international travel from specific areas; additional changes and restrictions can happen at any time which may impact your ability to return to Canada.
- Note that you will need to complete a COVID test during your 14-day quarantine. This is in addition to the negative COVID test result you must submit before departing for Canada and the mandatory COVID test you must take upon arrival at the airport. There is a total of at least 3 COVID tests you must take.
- All students who will be travelling outside of Canada are required to download Mohawk College’s iCent app and the Government of Canada ArriveCAN app.
You will use the iCent app to submit your self-isolation plan. The iCent app will help us to support you as you create your quarantine plan and will provide you with information and resources that are available. Please reference the Entering Canada webpage for instructions on how to download the iCent app and the mandatory ArriveCAN app.
Failure to comply with these requirements may result in escalation to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office. Mohawk College is required by law to inform Public Health or Regional Law Enforcement if we become aware of any violations of the mandatory quarantine or self-isolation protocol.
Intent to Travel FAQs
1. Under what circumstances is one required to quarantine?
If you are travelling outside of Canada for any length of time, whether you are an international or domestic student, you must be required by the Government of Canada to quarantine for 14 days upon your return to Canada.
Fully Vaccinated Travellers may qualify for quarantine exemptions if they meet the requirements and receive the exemption approval by a government representative at the border. To be considered “fully vaccinated,” you must have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine by The Government of Canada, or a combination of accepted vaccines, at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada.
Please note that “fully vaccinated” travellers are still required to plan for their 14 days of self- isolation. They will still need to organize, submit and receive the approval from the Mohawk College Arrivals Team. See the Government of Canada website for further information about this exemption.
Violation of quarantine can result in a prison sentence or fine. See question 13 for further details on quarantine violations.
See the Government of Canada: COVID 19 – Travel requirements for further details.
2. What does it mean to quarantine?
Self-isolation/quarantine means staying in one place of residence, without leaving or seeing anyone for the duration of 14 days to help protect you and others from exposure. You are to receive no visitors during your quarantine. All arrangements such as groceries, access to any necessary medication, and access to any other needed items such as laptop, books, etc. must be arranged in advance as you cannot leave your place of quarantine for the full 14 days except to receive a COVID test.
Visit the following Government of Canada resources, which explain how to quarantine and self-isolate:
3. When should I arrive to start my quarantine?
If you are enrolled in a hybrid (in-person and online delivery) program, you must ensure that you are back in Canada so that you have time to quarantine before any in-person components of your program take place. See the Fall 2021 Program Delivery for more details.
4. Do I need to do anything in advance of quarantining/returning to Canada?
A. You are required to submit your arrivals and self-isolation plans to Mohawk College for approval via the iCent COVIDSafe App. Your plans must be approved prior to making any formal travel arrangements.
Complete the following form before you return to Canada:
- Self-Isolation Plan Form
To find the form:
- Launch the iCent App
- Click the COVID Safe icon located on the home screen of the app
- Look for “Arriving to Canada Forms”
B. You are required to submit your travel and contact information, quarantine plan and COVID-19 Self-Assessments via the ArriveCAN App before you board your flight to Canada and be ready to show your ArriveCAN receipt upon arrival. Review the ArriveCAN App for government requirements for entry and after entry to Canada.
For more information about these apps, see the Entering Canada webpage.
All air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine. See the Government of Canada website for further details.
5. How do I download the mandatory iCent app?
For instructions on how to download the iCent app as well as the mandatory ArriveCAN app, see the Entering Canada webpage. (The instructions are the same for international students and domestic students travelling for holiday purposes.)
6. Where can I find out how to get a COVID test during my quarantine period?
If you are not exempt, on Day 8 of your mandatory quarantine, you must take another COVID-19 test. You must stay in your place of quarantine until you receive a negative test result.
You will receive a testing kit at the airport and your kit will contain everything you need to know about how to collect, store and ship your sample. Read more about the Day-8 Test.
7. Do I need a COVID test if my classes will be online?
Yes, even if your classes are online, if you are arriving in Canada and do not receive an exemption, you must quarantine and receive a COVID-19 test before the end of your quarantine.
8. What services are available from the college related to quarantining?
Through Mohawk, you are able to purchase a Quarantine Package that includes hotel, food and transportation from Pearson Airport to the designated Quarantine hotel in Hamilton for 14 days of your quarantine. When purchasing a Quarantine Package from the college, Mohawk will coordinate all of the bookings on your behalf. It is your responsibility to review specific Quarantine Packages to determine if this is an option for you. If you would like to book the Quarantine Package, indicate this on the Self-Isolation Form that you submit via iCent App.
International students who are travelling to Canada for the first time should refer to the additional information on the Get Ready to Start webpage.
The Wellness Coordinator will contact you on each day of your quarantine to ensure you have the supports you require.
9. What happens if I am travelling inside of Canada, do I have to quarantine?
Rules change frequently so it is important to be aware of COVID-19 restrictions before you travel. Currently, some provinces require that you quarantine upon entry. See this Government of Canada website to verify restrictions and exemptions prior to travel.
Based on our current requirements, you are not required to submit a quarantine plan to Mohawk College if you are travelling inside of Canada.
10. Why does Mohawk College need to know if I am travelling?
As a public institution, Mohawk College is required to cooperate with Public Health in maintaining awareness of and communicating to the community about COVID cases and protocols. As a result, Mohawk College must be aware of and manage any risks to the health of employees and students at the college.
11. Can I quarantine in my house?
The Government of Canada advises the following with regard to location of quarantine:
A suitable place of quarantine is one where you:
- Have access to the necessities of life without leaving your place of quarantine
- Have a separate bedroom if the space is shared with family/friends who didn’t travel with you
- Can limit interactions with others in the household. If spaces, such as a kitchen, are shared:
- wear a mask or face covering if a 2m distance cannot be maintained;
- thoroughly and regularly clean common areas after use
- Are not living with those at risk of more severe disease
- Are not in close contact with others who did not travel with you. For example, do not quarantine in:
- a group or communal living setting, including camps or student dorms, unless the location is pre-authorized;
- a household with a large family or many people
- a shared small apartment or similar setting
Source: Government of Canada
As well, the government has stated that a suitable place to quarantine is a place where:
- you'll have access to basic necessities, including water, food, medication and heat during the winter months
- you won’t have contact with people who:
- are 65 years or older
- have underlying medical conditions
- have compromised immune systems
- you won’t be in a group or community living arrangement such as:
- industrial camps
- student residences
- construction trailers
- residential or long-term care facilities
- sharing a small apartment
- living in the same household with large families or many people
- having roommates who haven’t travelled with you who you can’t avoid
Source: Government of Canada
12. How do I find out about quarantine requirements in other countries?
Review the Government of Canada Official Global Travel Advisories before travelling to another country.
13. What if I refuse to quarantine?
Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to:
- 6 months in prison and/or
- $750,000 in fines
If you choose to break your mandatory quarantine or isolation, resulting in the death or serious bodily harm of another person, you could face:
- a fine of up to $1,000,000 or
- imprisonment of up to 3 years or
Mohawk College is required by law to inform Public Health or Regional Law Enforcement if we become aware of any violations of the mandatory quarantine or self-isolation protocol.
14. How can I find out if my classes are online or in person for this semester?
Information about Program Delivery for this semester is on the Program Delivery webpage.
15. If I am an international student travelling into Canada, where can I find more information about what is required to travel to Canada?
International students who are travelling to Canada for the first time to resume or start studies should refer to the additional information on the Entering Canada webpage for all that is required to travel to Canada. Here you will find information about when to arrive, Quarantine Packages and requirements for quarantine.
16. Now that a COVID test is required before arrival into Canada, do I still need to quarantine upon arrival? Do I need to take another COVID test after arrival?
You are still required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Canada, even though you are now also required to provide a negative COVID test result before arriving in Canada per the recent Government of Canada announcement and take a COVID test upon arrival at the airport per the recent Government of Canada announcement. In addition, you are still required to take a COVID test during your 14-day quarantine, as well.
17. I’m travelling with family. Do they need to quarantine and receive a COVID test as well?
Yes, any co-travelling family members must also quarantine for 14 days upon arrival back in Canada and receive a COVID test during the 14-day quarantine (as well as before departure and upon arrival at the airport.)
18. Carpooling Safety tips, Ride Sharing and Taxi Services
Carpool Safety Tips
Carpooling is great for the environment but can be tricky to navigate during COVID-19. Read tips on how to keep your carpool as safe as possible.
Brought to you in partnership with Mohawk College and Hamilton Public Health
- Avoid vehicles in which the driver or other passengers are not properly wearing or using a mask. Masks should cover both the nose and mouth.
- Limit the number of passengers in a vehicle.
- Avoid carpooling with individuals not in your household or whom you do not live with.
- Carpool with the same small group only.
- Try your best to practice physical distancing. Sit in the backseat on the passenger side or as far away from the driver as possible.
- Improve ventilation. Roll down windows or set the air conditioning to non-recirculation mode.
- Avoid touching high contact surfaces including internal and external door handles, seatbelts and door frames. Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as soon as possible after.
- Avoid drinking or eating in a vehicle to ensure your mask is appropriately worn throughout the duration of the ride.
- If you are the car owner, perform regular and routine cleaning to disinfect surfaces that are high contact points for hands.
- Clean surfaces after every journey.
- Clean surfaces when visibly dirty.
- Clean surfaces after driving an individual exhibiting symptom or who are ill.
Ride Sharing and Taxi Services
Additional considerations for ride sharing and taxi services: