Prepare for Entry to Canada

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Important Information for Students (International and Canadian) Arriving from Outside Canada:

After January 15, 2022, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign nationals will only be allowed to enter Canada if they meet the criteria for limited exceptions, which apply to certain groups such as agricultural and food processing workers, marine crew members, those entering on compassionate grounds, new permanent residents, resettling refugees and some children under the age of 18. Exempt unvaccinated travellers will continue to be subject to testing, quarantine, and other entry requirements. Non-exempt unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign nationals will be prohibited entry into Canada.

As of Feb 28, 2022: 

  • The government is easing the on-arrival testing for fully-vaccinated travellers. Travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, will be randomly selected for arrival testing.
  • Travellers randomly selected will also no longer be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.
  • Travellers will now have the option of using a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result (taken the day prior to their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) authorized by the country in which it was purchased and must be administered by a laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service.

For more information, please check the news release at Government of Canada announces adjustments to Canada’s border measures. Detailed information can be found at COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders


1: Ensure you have a valid study permit

You are required to have a full visa and a passport that is valid on your date of travel in order to travel to Canada. If you are a new student traveling to Canada, you need to inform Mohawk College of your visa status. 

Review the following pages on our website about student permits

2: Download Mandatory Apps

  • iCent app: This app is mandatory for all students travelling to Canada. You will need it to access travel forms and receive your arrival approval by Mohawk College. For assistance or questions, contact: support [at]

Click this link to download iCent for your Apple products

Click this link to download iCent for your android products. 

  • Watch the following video to see how to log in to the "current student dashboard" in iCent. Click the "full screen" icon in the bottom right to view the video full screen.

  • ArriveCAN App: This app is mandatory for all travellers to Canada as mandated by the Government of Canada.

3: Entry Requirements

All international students travelling to Mohawk College from outside of Canada who are 18 years and older will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by Health Canada for entry into Canada. If you are 17 years old or younger and not fully vaccinated, you will be subject to testing, are required to self-isolate for a period of 14-days, and other travel requirements. These rules apply after any subsequent international travel for as long as the self-isolation requirement remains a directive of the Government of Canada.

It is recommended to all international students to arrive at least 14-days prior to the beginning of their studies. If you are a new student, you may arrive no sooner than 5 weeks before the scheduled start date of your program. If you are 17 years old or younger and not fully vaccinated, it is advised you arrive as soon as possible in advance of the start date of your program, so that you can complete your mandatory 14-day quarantine and start your access to campus process.

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. 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. Currently accepted vaccines:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S).
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells) 
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc) 

Please refer to the Government of Canada website for further information about this exemption.

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. 

4. Plan for your 14-days quarantine plan

The 14-night stay at a quarantine location must be located in Ontario and approved by Mohawk College prior to arrival. During the 14 days, you might need to take a COVID-19 test. Mohawk College does not authorize students to quarantine outside of Ontario and will not approve out-of-province quarantine plans.

There are two options for your 14-day isolation location: 

  1. Mohawk College Quarantine Package: an all-inclusive package that meets Government of Canada’s quarantine standards, including accommodation, transportation, and meals. 
  2. Individual Plan: you can self-quarantine at a location of your choosing and will need to make your own quarantine arrangements . These arrangements should meet the Self-isolation & quarantine guidelines, and you will need to receive Mohawk College Arrivals Team’s approval). 

Note: You must be prepared to remain in your quarantine location beyond the 14 days should you test positive for COVID or should your test results be delayed.

5. Mohawk College Quarantine Packages

In order to better support you throughout your quarantine and self-isolation, Mohawk College has created a comprehensive package that will meet all of your needs.

The Quarantine Packages provided by Mohawk are all-inclusive and include private transportation to your Hamilton hotel, accommodations for 14 days, 3 meals per day, and Wi-Fi. Family can stay at the hotel with students for an additional cost. 

The hotel package has been arranged by Mohawk College to ensure that it remains affordable for all of our students and will be booked at the following hotels, based on availability:

When submitting your self-isolation plan through the iCent App, please indicate which one of the outlined option above you prefer and the Student Arrivals Coordinator will work with you to book the package. 

Quarantine Packages must be selected and submitted at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival to allow for approvals and for bookings to be made. 

After the availability for the package is confirmed, you will receive an e-mail from the Arrivals team with the confirmation of your transportation and accommodations booking.

Costs and Payment

The 14-day quarantine package (either hotel) costs $2000.

Payment for packages must be made by using the methods on the payment page.

Mohawk College Quarantine Packages, have a 24-hour prior cancellation policy associated with each booking (hotel and transportation). If you are not able to provide us with 24 hours notice, cancellation charges will be applied to your student account.

Note: If you choose to withdraw from Mohawk College after you have completed your quarantine at the quarantine package location, you will be expected to pay for the cost of the package, which might be the full/non-subsidized rate for the package.

6. Self-Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for Individual Plans

The 14-night stay at a quarantine location in a short-term or long-term housing must be located in Ontario and approved by Mohawk College prior to arrival. Mohawk College does not authorize students to quarantine outside of Ontario and will not approve out-of-province quarantine plans.

To receive your arrival approval from Mohawk College, you must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 must go directly from the airport to your place of quarantine or isolation, without stopping anywhere
  • Your quarantine location must provide each student or student family unit their own room with a private bathroom and protocols to properly support disabilities or other health conditions
  • Your quarantine plan must be assessed to be acceptable by the Government of Canada at the time and point of entry. This information must be submitted through both the ArriveCAN App and the iCent app.
  • You will need to isolate in a place where you are not in contact with others, especially adults aged 65 years or over, and people with pre-existing medical conditions, and small children. You must stay in a separate room from others and use a separate bathroom.
  • Approved housing includes private residence, private Airbnb residence, private apartment - all of which must be living environments that are not group or communal living environments. If it is not possible to secure a living environment that is not with a group, then you must choose the Mohawk College Quarantine Packages.
  • You must not have visitors
  • Have any necessities such as medication or food delivered or otherwise made available without contact with others
  • You must monitor your health for COVID symptoms.
  • You should not leave your residence during the self-isolation period, unless you need medical attention. In that case, and if possible, call 1-866-797-0000 or access your Mobile Doctor support via, before visiting a health centre or a hospital.
  • You must respond to a daily check-in from Mohawk College during your 14-day quarantine (via the iCent app).
  • You must submit daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments using the ArriveCAN app. 

Note: You must be prepared to remain in your quarantine location beyond the 14 days should you test positive for COVID or should your test results be delayed.

There is no guarantee that self-arranged plans will be approved. If your self-arranged plan is not approved, you will be asked to purchase a Mohawk College pre-approved Quarantine Package.

Requiring Transportation to Your Long-Term Housing

If you are planning on quarantining within your long-term housing and you require private transportation from the government-approved hotel to your place of quarantine, please indicate this need when you are completing your Self-Isolation Form in the iCent App. The cost of transportation to locations within the GTA starts at $100 and increases the further from Pearson Airport you are staying. The final price will be confirmed by the Arrivals Team.

If you need to change your approved plan, you must notify us within at least 72 hours of boarding your flight.

Visit the following Government of Canada resources for more detailed information on which explain how to quarantine and self-isolate:

7. Prepare for your quarantine

Medication and Supplies

Plan for any necessities, such as medication, masks, cleaning supplies, phone/Internet etc., to be available and/or delivered to your residence.

If you are self-isolating at home (not at a Mohawk College Quarantine Package), you can ask a friend/relative to help you by shopping for groceries and doing a no-contact drop off. You may also wish to use online delivery options. Some examples are below:

8: Submit your Self-isolation plan and receive Mohawk College approval for arrival

All students are required to submit self-isolation plans to Mohawk College for approval via the iCent App for arrival approval. Your plans must be approved before you make any formal travel arrangements or arrive in Canada. All forms MUST be complete and approved, even if you believe you will qualify for quarantine and Day-8 testing exemptions.

Failure to complete this information can result in implementation of the student behaviour policy. For those students not yet registered this could result in offers being rescinded or deferred; a hold may be placed on a student’s account; their access to campus and student supports may be restricted; and, in extreme cases, the student may be expelled from Mohawk College.

Once you have all your travel arrangements made, you will need to submit your self-isolation plan on the iCent App.

To find the form:

1.   Launch the iCent App (See instructions above to download this mandatory app)

2.   Go to COVID Safe Canada icon

3.   Go to Entering Canada Forms

4.   Submit your completed self-isolation plan

The Self-Isolation Plan Form will allow you to select quarantine plan: either book your Mohawk College pre-approved Quarantine Package or submit your own quarantine plans. You will then be contacted by the Mohawk College Arrivals Team with next steps. Once approved, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from us with your next steps. You will hear from us within 48 hours of submitting your plan; however, approval may take longer than 48 hours.

9. Submit your information on ArriveCan

You will also need 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. Be ready to show your ArriveCAN receipt upon arrival.

  • You must submit a self-isolation/quarantine plan for the 14 days of your quarantine even if you are fully vaccinated.
  • You need to plan to self-quarantine for a total of 14 days even if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and even if you are fully vaccinated
  • Your quarantine plan lists where you will stay for the remaining days of self-isolation/quarantine, how you'll get to your destination, how you will get your groceries, and access essential services and medical care.
  • This plan is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms and even if you are fully vaccinated.

10. Complete your pre-arrival COVID-19 required test

Before Departure for Canada 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 taken within 72 hours prior to the traveler’s scheduled departure to Canada or an antigen test taken outside of Canada no more than 1 day before your scheduled flight or entry to Canada by land or water. See the Government of Canada website  for further details.

Starting April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. Until then, follow the pre-entry test requirements.

11: Get ready for your journey to Mohawk

Attend the Mohawk College Pre-Departure Webinar: Next Stop - Mohawk College

Learn all the information you need to know about arriving in Canada, studying at Mohawk and registering for your classes. Contact us if you missed this session and would like to view a recording! See the Considering Mohawk webpage for other webinars!

Review the Mandatory Government of Canada Advice

When preparing to come to Canada, please review the Government of Canada website for the steps to follow upon arrival. These steps are mandatory and will help control the spread of the virus.

What to Pack

Here is a list of recommendations from Mohawk International on what items you should pack. You must have a non-medical face covering to wear during your entire journey.

Quarantine Planning

Ensure you have snacks, toiletries, medical equipment, etc. to last the duration of the 14-day quarantine period.

Phone Wi-Fi in Canada

Please contact the COVID Safe team via the iCent app for more details. International students will be provided a free SIM card from the Chatr Mobile booth at Pearson Airport in Canada, where you will be able to get support with setting up your phone Wi-Fi in Canada.

12. Holiday travel - Intent to Travel Form

If you are planning to go on a holiday outside Canada, please read the following disclaimer to understand the risks and impacts of your travel decision: Intent to Travel Information

International Students who intend to travel outside of Canada must complete the Intent to Travel Form through iCent. You can find the form following these steps:

  1. iCent
  2. Covid Safe
  3. Vacation Forms
  4. Intent to Travel Form

You must complete this form before traveling.