All international students travelling to the University of Alberta from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14-days upon arrival in Canada. The University of Alberta strongly recommends students participate in the UAlberta Residence Services' Isolation Accommodation Program.
From the moment you arrive in Edmonton, the program ensures you will have the resources and support you need to manage the quarantine requirements. The program includes airport pickup, private accommodation, meals, periodic or daily check-ins, a connection to campus and community health services and after-hours support.
Please let us know when you will arrive and where you plan to stay during your 14-day self-isolation period. All registrants receive a welcome package and a personalized check-in.
- You are required to remain in your assigned room for the full 14 day period.
- Stay connected with friends and family through social media, video calls, texts, etc.
After Your Isolation Period:
- After completing your mandatory 14-day quarantine period, expectations are that you follow the public health guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by practicing good hygiene, physical distancing and monitoring symptoms.
- Students can apply for Alberta Health Care Insurance coverage after the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Learn more about Alberta Health Insurance.
Penalties and Fines
Your compliance may be subject to verification and enforcement by the relevant Government agencies during your quarantine period. Students need to be aware that penalties for failure to comply with Canada's Quarantine Act include:
- Up to $750,000 in fines and/or
- Imprisonment of up to 6 months
- Being found inadmissible, removed from Canada and banned from entry for one year.
Violation of isolation protocols may also subject you to Provincial penalties and fines of $1,000. Alberta courts could also administer a $100,000 fine for a first offence and up to $500,000 for subsequent or more serious offences.
Returning students should expect to be followed up by law enforcement if any individual cannot be reached, or if a traveller is suspected of not complying with quarantine requirements. Law enforcement authorities, such as RCMP or provincial police officers, have full authority in jurisdictions that have signed on to the Contraventions Act ticketing regime to issue fines of up to $1,000 and may ticket an individual again in the presence of repeated instances of non-compliance, resulting in multiple fines. Where the non-compliance is not addressed through a contraventions ticket, an individual could face fines of up to $750,000 and up to 6 months in prison where charges are laid for an offence under the Quarantine Act. Willfully or recklessly contravening the Quarantine Act could also result in fines of up to $1 million and 3 years’ imprisonment.