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Important announcement – please read carefully.

The International Centre is now open, and our hours of operation for Humber North, Humber Lakeshore and the Humber International Graduate School are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Our phone lines are also operational.

While you can come to the International Centre for advice and help, students will not be able to book individual 1-1 appointments in person for now. We will let you know when this option is available once we have a confirmed date. If you need to speak with someone from the admissions or student advising team, you can request a virtual appointment through the Contact form

The Return to Campus microsite provides important information, health and safety measures, and resources for individuals coming to campus.

Students can find a complete list of programs with downloads including program and course details at Current Student Resources

Planning to begin your studies at Humber? Here's what you need to know about study permits, refunds, and post-graduation work permits. Current approximate application processing time is approximately six weeks.

If you have any questions please get in touch by using this Contact Form. Please check Humber Updates for the most up-to-date information. Please also check Humber College’s and Humber Global’s social media accounts.

Humber College's COVID-19 Readiness Plan Approved

When Should I Be Travelling to Canada

We are recommending that students do not travel to Canada more than a month before their classes begin to give sufficient time to complete the Covid-19 quarantine requirements. If you arrive too early, you may be refused entry by the Border Services Officer. If you come during a break and well before the next semester begins, you may be refused entry. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#arrive

Creating Your Quarantine Plan

Quarantine Requirements

Prior to arrival, you and your co-arriving family members are required to do the following:

  1. COVID Info Acknowledgement: Students & co-arriving family members must acknowledge that they have received and understand COVID-19 rules and guidelines information provided by Humber. This acknowledgement will appear when you first download and login to the iCent COVID-19 Arrival app.
  2. Emergency Contact: Please submit your emergency contacts so that Humber can reach-out to you in case of any emergencies.
  3. Airport Arrival Info: Students need to submit their arrival dates and time to Humber through this form to make any essential arrangements. Co-arriving family members should submit their details through the ArriveCan app.

    How to get your ArriveCAN receipt

    Once you submit your information through ArriveCAN:

    • a receipt will be displayed and emailed to you
    • show the receipt to your airline carrier, if flying and to a Canadian border services officer when you enter
    • you can show your ArriveCAN receipt from:
    - the app
    - a screenshot
    - your email
    - a printout

    The ArriveCAN mobile app saves your contact information (name, date of birth and travel document information) for travel at a later date.

    If your travel details change before you enter Canada.

    If you've already submitted your information and have an ArriveCAN receipt, start over in ArriveCAN. ArriveCAN will clear your previous information

  4. Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Prior to Travel: Students and co-arriving family must provide proof of negative COVID-19 molecular test taken up to 72 hours before their scheduled departure time. 
  5. Mandatory Immigration Documents for Students Travelling to Canada: Please note there are important mandatory documents required to travelling into Canada, including a valid immigration medical examination. Please find the full list here
  6. Fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirements to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. Please see the tab: Quarantine Exemption to view the requirements to be exempt from this step.
  7. Travellers are no longer required to book a 3-night hotel stopover when entering Canada.
  8. Quarantine Plan: You must have a suitable quarantine plan before you enter Canada, even if you meet the quarantine exemption requirements. You’re expected to make these plans, within your own means, before travelling to Canada. Travellers who do not have a suitable plan may be denied entry into Canada. Regarding the quarantine plan address, it doesn't have to be a hotel/Airbnb, private accommodations will work. We do not recommend putting a hotel address down that hasn't been booked. If you are interested in our partner hotel, currently, the Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East is not accepting bookings from fully vaccinated international students unless they confirm to be charged for 1 night's GAA rate.

What is a suitable place of quarantine?

A suitable place of quarantine is one that has access to the necessities of life and is not shared with those at risk of more severe disease.

Do not quarantine in places you can’t separate yourself from those who live with you. For example:

  • In a group or communal living setting
  • In a household with large families or many people
  • In a shared small apartment, or have roommates who have not travelled with you; or
  • At a camp, student dorm or other group setting where there is close contact and shared common spaces.

For more detailed information on Suitable Quarantine Plan, please refer to Canadian government site at:

https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/isolation#quarantine

Arrival Date Suggestions: International students and co-arriving immediate family members who enter Canada will have to undergo the necessary health checks and must quarantine (self-isolate) or isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada. Students are therefore suggested to enter Canada at minimum 14 days prior to the first day of their programs. The information is sourced from the Government of Canada Website.

If you choose not to pursue studies with Humber and would like to apply for a refund, or would like to defer your program to a later intake, see Humber’s international refund/deferral policy for Winter 2021. 


How to Quarantine

When Your Quarantine Starts and Ends

Your quarantine period begins on the day that you arrive in Canada.

For example, if you arrive at 8:15 am on Thursday, October 1, then Thursday is considered day 1 of your quarantine period. Your quarantine period would end 14 full days later, at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, October 14 if you received your Day-8 negative test result.

If you begin to show symptoms during your quarantine, are exposed to another traveller with symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19, you must begin an additional 10 days of isolation.

While in Quarantine

Do not leave your place of quarantine unless it is for a medical emergency, an essential medical service or treatment, to obtain a COVID-19 molecular test, or it is pre-authorized by a Quarantine Officer.

Use only private outdoor spaces (i.e. balcony).

Do not have any visits from family or guests.

Do not use shared spaces such as lobbies, courtyards, restaurants, gyms or pools.

Expect Calls, Emails and Visits From the Government of Canada

The Government of Canada uses the information you provided in ArriveCAN to verify that you:

  • arrived at your place of quarantine
  • are providing daily symptom reports

You will receive live or automated calls. You must answer calls from 1-888-336-7735 and answer all questions truthfully to demonstrate your compliance with the law.

You will receive email reminders of your quarantine requirements.

Getting a Visit From a Screening Officer

You may also receive in-person visits from a screening officer at your place of quarantine.

Designated screening officers are contracted and trained to conduct on-site visits on behalf of the Government of Canada.

To protect your health and safety, screening officers wear personal protective equipment and will practice physical distancing.

Screening officers will:

  • ask to speak to you by name
  • show their company identification
  • show their authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada, which may be signed by hand or electronically
  • ask you for Government-issued identification, such as passport or driver’s license, to confirm your identity
  • ask questions to verify you are following the quarantine requirements

Screening officers will not:

  • ask to enter your home
  • copy or retain your identification
  • issue fines
  • request or accept payment of any kind, including cash, for outstanding fines

Quarantine Exemption

Updates to Quarantine Requirements

Fully vaccinated travellers will be exempt from the 14-day federal requirement to quarantine and COVID-19 Test on day 8.

  • To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have received at least 2 doses of an accepted vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines, or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 full days prior to the day you travel. Example: if your second dose was anytime on Thursday July 1, then Friday July 16 would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by: 
    • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
    • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273)
    • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, COVISHIELD, ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222)
    • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
  • Starting November 30 2021, 03:01 AM EST, the following COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted by the Government of Canada for travel:
    • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
    • Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells)
    • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc) 

Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation. For these new measures to apply to them, fully vaccinated travellers must upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCan, have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19, must meet pre-entry testing and random on-arrival testing. For more information, please visit https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada

Quarantine Plan

You must have a suitable quarantine plan where you can stay for at least 14 days. This is required even if you are seeking the fully vaccinated exemption.

Final determination is made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada. You must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you:

  • are symptomatic
  • don’t meet the requirements

If you don’t meet the requirements, you'll be asked to follow the instructions provided by the government representative.

If you meet all the requirements, you won't need to complete the federal quarantine.

Provinces and territories may have their own border measures as well as public health guidelines, so it's important that travellers check for the most up-to-date travel requirements for the province or territory of destination. See Ontario’s public health guidelines.

For more, see https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada

Humber Accommodations

Please Note: Humber Residence is not available for quarantine – you will not be allowed to quarantine inside residence. Those staying in residence must make separate arrangements for their quarantine stay.

Humber has made special arrangements with an airport hotel to provide a safe, secure, comfortable quarantine location for arriving students and their co-arriving immediate family members after you have completed your mandatory hotel stopover. The hotel package includes:

  • Single room accommodation for 14 nights (duration of quarantine)
  • Three meals per day 
  • Free, unlimited hotel wifi 
  • Secure, private transportation from the airport directly to the quarantine hotel 
  • The cost of this accommodation package is $139 CAD per night, plus taxes. The total hotel cost will be approximately $2,300 CAD.

Humber will be providing a bursary for students staying in the quarantine hotel to offset the cost. All students are required to cover the cost of their quarantine stay. Humber will make the hotel booking for students. Upon arrival, students are required to use a credit card to pay for the cost of the hotel stay. Once the amount is paid and the quarantine is finished, students can submit their hotel receipts to Humber to receive a bursary of up to $500 to offset some of the cost.

Students must make the hotel arrangements through Humber International through our Quarantine Plan form.

Bursary Information

You can receive up to a total of $500 CAD. Please note if you are sharing the room with a friend or family member, we are only able to reimburse your share of the stay. The bursary amount is subject to change in the future, based on quarantine changes by the Canadian government.

Please submit all approved hotel receipts through our Quarantine Bursary Application form as soon as possible after your 14-day quarantine period ends.

Note: Quarantine bursaries will only be issued if you inform us of your travel arrangements through these 2 forms:

COVID Testing In Canada

Prior to Arrival: All students and co-arriving family members must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken up to 72 hours before their scheduled departure time. 

Upon Arrival: All students and co-arriving family members will be tested upon arrival in Canada for COVID-19, unless you qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption. However, on your entry to Canada by air or at a land border crossing, the border services officer may notify you that you have been selected for a randomized arrival test. 

If you are selected for a randomized test, you:

  • Must take the arrival test as directed on the day you enter Canada
  • May receive a home test kit to complete within 24 hours of entering Canada
  • Don't have to wait for the results, you can travel on to your final destination, including taking connecting flights
  • Are not required to pay a fee for the arrival test

During Quarantine: All students who do not meet the quarantine exemption requirements must take another COVID-19 molecular test on day 8. You will be provided with a COVID-19 test kit and instructions before leaving the airport. You will then need to submit those test results to Humber's COVID-19 Test Result Upload form.

Items You Need on the Plane

When you arrive at the airport or port of entry you should be ready to present the following documents. Make sure you pack them in your carryon bag and not in your check-in bag:

  • Original Humber Letter of Acceptance
  • Humber Co-op Letter (only if you have a placement in your program)
  • A passport, valid for the duration of your stay 
  • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or eTA
  • Letter of Introduction (approval letter issued by the Canadian Embassy)
  • Humber Letter of Support (for travel to Canada during COVID-19)
  • Proof of funds for the duration of your stay in Canada
  • Proof you have paid your deposit to Humber. You will find your receipt by checking MyHumber under Student Account.
  • Any other documents you used when you applied for your Study Permit
  • Your detailed Quarantine Plan
  • Face masks (minimum of 2 recommended) which cover your mouth and nose
  • One bottle of hand sanitizer up to 355 ml in addition to 100 ml bottles to be placed in a 1 L clear resealable bag
  • Food/Snacks and water (check with your airline regarding whether or not they will have any food available in-flight)
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Gloves (not necessary, but you may wish to bring some)

Based on the documents you present, the border officer will assess you and make a decision to issue your Study Permit.

If you have a placement in your program, you may present the Co-op Letter to the border officer and request to issue a Co-op Work Permit in addition to your Study Permit.

More information from the CATSA/ACTSA website available here.

Items Needed During Quarantine

  • List of emergency contacts (on paper)
  • Any allergy or important medical or health information (on paper)
  • All prescription medication to last you a couple of months or until you have begun attending classes
  • Any medication you use frequently (for example, ibuprofen, paracetamol, benadryl, cough drops, cough and cold medication etc.)
  • Hand disinfectant
  • Comfortable clothes/PJs/Slippers, enough for 14 days without laundry
  • Snacks, tea packets, instant coffee, reusable water bottle
  • Plate, bowl, small chopping board, kettle (if you do not have kitchen access)
  • Extension cord/multi adapter (if you do not have ease of access to electricity in your quarantine spot)
  • Vitamins or other supplements
  • Books, games, puzzles
  • Notebooks or paper to draw and write on, pens, coloured markers
  • Cooler if you don't have access to a fridge 
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, chap stick, lotion, small shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, feminine care products)
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Yoga mat
  • Computer, phone, headphones, speaker
  • Hand soap and dish soap
  • Non-perishable food items
  • A small fan if your room does not have AC

Required Downloads

The following apps are mandatory to download for Humber students and co-arriving family members when entering Canada:

ArriveCAN app for iOS, Android and web format

COVID Alert app

The following is required to download for Humber students:

iCent app for iOS and Android

Humber Guardian app

Please check that these apps are working properly on your phone before you arrive. All students and co-arriving family members should be using the ArriveCan app prior to arrival and within the first 48 hours of arrival to their quarantine location. Humber students are also required to use this app for daily check in during quarantine.