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Requirements for Not Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Please ensure to meet the requirements outlined on the General Travelling Requirements page, along with the below requirements.

According to the Government of Canada, all current border measures remain effective for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. Please visit the Government of Canada News Release to see the full announcement.

As of January 15, 2022, certain groups of travellers, who are currently exempt from entry requirements, will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada. These groups include:
  • individuals travelling to reunite with family (unvaccinated children under 18 years of age will retain exemption if travelling to reunite with an immediate or extended family member who is a Canadian, permanent resident, or person registered under the Indian Act);
  • international students who are 18 years old and older;
  • professional and amateur athletes;
  • individuals with a valid work permit, including temporary foreign workers (outside of those in agriculture and food processing); and
  • essential service providers, including truck drivers.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has updated their guidance for entry of international students to Canada in advance of their studies.

Effective November 3rd, 2021, CBSA will no longer restrict international student arrivals to four weeks before their studies begin. CBSA will take a more facilitative approach to international students entering Canada, and any reasonable length of time prior to study will be considered. Students will still be required to demonstrate that their travel is non-discretionary. This change in guidance will apply to all international student arrivals regardless of their vaccination status. To be able to enter Canada, international students must also continue to meet all requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations, including having a valid study permit and a valid letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).

On-arrival COVID-19 Test 

Upon arrival at the port of entry, a COVID-19 test will be required for not fully vaccinated travellers. With completion of the test, you can transfer to the final destination. For smooth process, please be sure to register in advance for your test.

If you receive a negative result:

  • stay in your room to complete the 14-day self-quarantine period. 
  • follow local public health measures

If you receive a positive result:

  • you will be contacted by your local public health authority
  • follow their instructions

For more information on the on-arrival COVID-19 test, please visit the Government of Canada website - Arrival testing.

Post-arrival (Day 8) COVID-19 Test

On Day 8 of your 14-day quarantine period, you will be required to conduct a self-administered COVID-19 test with a COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection Kit provided at the port of entry.

You will take the test at your place of quarantine under the virtual supervision of a health professional via LifeLabs. Please do not open any of the kit components until you are instructed to do so by a telehealth healthcare provider, as this can cause contamination, or result in a delay in receiving your test result. You may open the kit to review the instructions and serial number, which is required for registration.

You must create an account with LifeLabs to perform your test and access your results. Use the same email address you used for ArriveCAN. Please ensure to follow the instructions thoroughly to courier the sample to a laboratory for processing. Procedure and operations for self-administered test and result process will be available on the instruction provided with the kit.

You must stay in quarantine until receiving the negative result and have completed the 14-day quarantine period.

  • If you receive a negative result:
    • Keep copies of the results
    • Make sure to complete full 14-days period before exiting from quarantine place
  • If you receive a positive result:
    • The 14-day period of self-quarantine re-begins from the day the result is received
    • You must report the test result within 24 hours of receipt to a screening officer or quarantine officer by means specified by the Minister of Health, such as electronic submission

If you made a contact with person(s) tested positive for COVID-19, you must stay in quarantine until receiving a negative test result.

For more information on completing the day 8 test, please visit the Government of Canada website.

Quarantine Plan

As a not-fully vaccinated traveller, you must adhere to the all border measures and self-quarantine guidelines set by both federal and provincial governments, including the University of Regina's COVID-19 Readiness Plan.

Therefore, international studetns and their co-arriving immediately family members planning to travel wihtout being fully vaccinated are required to complete the mandatory 14 day self-quarantine period on campus with the University of Regina Housing Services. For more information, please visit Complete Your Self-Quarantine on Campus page.

To complete your quarantine on campus, you must book your stay with Housing Services in advance. Please make sure to submit room booking request by visiting Housing Services website.

Once your room booking is finalized, you will receive a booking confirmation email from Housing Services. You can refer the information from the booking confirmation email when submitting your quarantine plan in ArriveCAN.


If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to quarantine on campus. Therefore, you must notify UR International Student Services ( and have booked your room with Housing Services at least 7 business days prior to your planned departure date, so we may ensure your safe arrival to Canada.

Additional Resources

LifeLabs: Resources for completing day 8 test

LifeLabs manages COVID-19 testing for arriving travellers.

If you haven't already done so, you must create an account to perform your home test and access your results. You must use the same email address you used for ArriveCAN.

If you usually use Internet Explorer as your web browser, use a different browser, or contact LifeLabs.

You must have internet access to:

Wait to connect to a LifeLabs technician before you open the test tube.

Phone: Toll-free: 1-877-313-4982