The University of Guelph looks forward to welcoming you to campus this fall and wants to make sure you have the most up-to-date information on travel and vaccination requirements. The Government of Canada has announced new information about its COVID-19 travel measures. These changes provide increased flexibility as you plan your travel to Canada.

This message contains information about:

  • Exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Quarantine plans
  • Mandatory vaccinations in U of G residences 
  • Vaccination guidance

Exemptions for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

As of July 5, those who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine may be exempt from quarantine.

When you arrive, border officials will determine if you are exempt from these measures. To learn more, refer to the Government of Canada page for COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada

Further changes for those arriving in Canada come into effect in August. See the complete list of updates in the Government of Canada's announcement. 

International Travellers Must Have a Quarantine Plan

All international students must register for one of the University of Guelph's Mandatory Quarantine Program options before they arrive in Canada. Even if you think you meet the criteria to be considered a fully vaccinated traveller, you must register for U of G's Mandatory Quarantine Program.

Once you arrive in Canada, if border officials determine you are not eligible for quarantine exemption, you must complete the U of G quarantine option for which you are registered. Learn more about the University's quarantine program options and register your arrival plans on the Mandatory Quarantine Program page.

Upcoming Changes to Travel Measures

As of Aug. 9, international travellers - including international students - are no longer required to quarantine at government-authorized accommodations while awaiting results of their on-arrival COVID-19 test. While waiting for your test result, you can quarantine at the location you have registered with our Mandatory Quarantine Program.

Airlines will be required to ensure passengers have submitted their quarantine and travel information through the ArriveCAN app before boarding flights to Canada.

See the complete list of updates on the Government of Canada's website.

Vaccinations for International Students

U of G encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible and recognizes that, in their home countries, international students may have vaccinations available to them that are not approved in Canada.

The following chart, developed with information from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and based on Government of Ontario guidelines, may provide useful guidance as you make decisions about getting vaccinated.

*Travellers must be vaccinated with Health Canada-approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Janssen) to be eligible for quarantine exemption*

Vaccination Status Recommended Next Steps
Unvaccinated Get fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.
One dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca) Get second dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.
One dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine No further vaccine action required.
Two doses of a Health Canada-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca) No further vaccine action required.
One dose of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine Get fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.
Two doses of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine No further action required at this time.
Partially or fully vaccinated with any other COVID-19 vaccine Get fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine as soon as possible.

International students' family members ages 12 and up can get vaccinated in Ontario.

To get vaccinated in Ontario:

  • Call the University of Guelph's Student Health Services at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131 to book an appointment on campus.
  • Register through Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health's online system.
  • Find vaccination clinics and pharmacies offering vaccinations in other Ontario cities.

To learn more about vaccinations and how to navigate vaccinations as an international student visit our COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ page

The University's COVID-19 call centre can also answer your questions. Call them at 519-824-4120 Ext. 53906.

Vaccinations Required in Residence

U of G will require students living in our Guelph campus residences in 2021-22 to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This measure has been recommended by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health as well as other public health units in the region and province.

Mandatory vaccination measures do not apply to U of G's two family housing communities at College Avenue and Wellington Woods, which are governed by the Residential Tenancies Act.

All students planning to live on campus in residences other than the two abovementioned must be fully vaccinated within 30 days of checking into residence. Read the full details online.

Students must submit one of the following to the University by Aug. 16

  • Confirmation of full vaccination (two doses)
  • Confirmation of partial vaccination (one dose) and a plan for obtaining a second dose
  • A vaccination plan for obtaining both a first and second dose
  • An exemption request

Accommodations will be provided for students with medical exemptions and for grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code, provided that an exemption form is submitted. 

Students will receive further details by email on how to provide confirmation or how to request an exemption.

Timelines, additional details and information, including answers to frequently asked questions about the requirement for students in Guelph campus residences to be fully vaccinated and other COVID-19-related issues, are available on the University's COVID-19 page. You may also call the University's COVID-19 Call Centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906.

Other health and safety measures - such as mask-wearing, hand-washing, testing, capacity limits in common spaces, and regular self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms - may also be in place in the fall, depending on the latest public health guidance.

Staying Informed

We will continue to send you updates through your email address as new information becomes available. You can also visit the pages below for current details. 

University of Guelph resources

Government of Canada resources

Further questions

  • Vaccination questions - call Student Health Services at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131.
  • Residence questions - call Student Housing Services at 519-824-4120, Ext. 58701.
  • Arrival and questions about Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada requirements - email
  • Mandatory quarantine program questions - email
  • Any other questions about COVID-19 - call the U of G COVID-19 Call Centre at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53906

The University's COVID-19 website is your best source of information on U of G's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Return to Campuses website provides essential information for those coming to campus. If you need to be on campus, make sure you complete the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form every day before you arrive.

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