Quarantine and Isolation Information

Information for Fully Vaccinated 

Quarantine Information for Students 

Unvaccinated international students travelling to Canada, who are under 18 years of age and unvaccinated students (over 18 years of age) who receive an exemption from vaccination requirement based on medical reasons must register with the Off-Campus Isolation and Travel Registry (OCITR) to ensure they have an acceptable quarantine plan. Quarantine information is part of the mandatory information unvaccinated travellers must enter via ArriveCAN. The OCITR is a required component of the University's federally approved plan for facilitating international students' entry to Canada.

If you only email your quarantine plan, it will not be accepted. You must register for the OCITR.

Unvaccinated minor students (under 18 years) and unvaccinated students (over 18 years of age) who receive an exemption from vaccination requirement based on medical reasons must quarantine for 14 days. If you test positive on the day 8 test, you have to quarantine for an additional ten days starting from the time you took the test with positive results.

Vaccinated travellers selected for random arrival testing and test positive must isolate for ten days and report test results and/or symptoms to PHAC by calling 1-833-641-0343.

Steps to Register Your Quarantine Plan 

Please register a minimum of one week before your travel.

  1. Complete the Off-Campus Isolation and Travel Registry form

  2. Email your written quarantine plan to isolationoffcampus@ualberta.ca
What to include in your quarantine plan?

Please answer the following questions in a word doc or pdf and attach it to your email to isolationoffcampus@ualberta.ca:

  • Once you arrive in Edmonton: plan for acceptable transportation from the airport to the place of quarantine (Taxi or private transportation)
  • You are quarantining on your own or only with travellers who have travelled with you (no other roommates). 
  • You have clearly outlined access to your own washroom.
  • Your plan for getting food during quarantine (upon arrival and throughout)
  • Your plan for getting medical supplies if needed during quarantine (contact person listed) 
  • Clearly states that you will have access to a phone that can make emergency phone calls in Canada (internet access only is NOT sufficient).
  • Clearly states that you understand you cannot leave the quarantine (if required to quarantine). 
  1. An advisor will review your quarantine plan and will contact you. 

  2. Quarantine Template 



  • Use ArriveCAN or call toll-free 1-833-641-0343 to:
    • confirm arrival to quarantine/isolation location within 48 hours of entering Canada
    • complete daily COVID-19 symptoms self-assessments during the quarantine period

  • Remain in your assigned room for the entire quarantine period.
  • Stay connected with friends and family through social media, video calls, texts, etc.

After Your Isolation Period:

  • After completing your mandatory 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.
  • New students can apply for Alberta Health Care Insurance coverage after their mandatory 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.

After entering Canada, you should expect to be followed up by law enforcement if they cannot reach you or if you are suspected of not complying with quarantine requirements. 

Frequently Asked Questions

A. Can I visit a friend who is in self-isolation/quarantine too?
No, you must remain in your isolation room at all times.

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