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Important announcement – please read carefully.

Effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers, including international students, will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. For more information on this new travel condition, see Pre-departure COVID-19 testing and negative results to be required for all air travellers coming to Canada

In response to the City of Toronto's lockdown, Humber's International Centre offices are closed for in-person visits and phone services until further notice. To contact us online, please use our Contact Form

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

For information on which services on campus remain open, please monitor Humber Updates

We will continue to process applications for upcoming intakes. Current approximate application processing time is approximately six weeks. Please check Humber Updates for the most up-to-date information. Please also check Humber Colleges and Humber Global’s social media accounts.

Planning to begin your studies at Humber? Here's what you need to know about study permits, refunds, and post-graduation work permits

If you have any questions, we will respond as soon as possible, please get in touch by using this Contact Form

Humber College's COVID-19 Readiness Plan Approved

When Should I Be Travelling to Canada

You should be travelling to Canada approximately one month before your classes begin to give yourself sufficient time to complete the Covid-19 quarantine requirements. If you arrive too early, you may be refused entry by the Border Services Officer.

For more information, please visit:

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.
  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. Mandatory Hotel Stopover Booking: As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET, students and co-arriving family members must reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada. To learn more about this requirement, please visit the Government of Canada web page. All students and co-arriving family members must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through the ArriveCan app. Please see the tab: Quarantine Exemption to view the requirements to be exempt from this step.
  7. Quarantine Plan: You must have a suitable quarantine plan before you enter Canada, even if you meet the quarantine exemption requirements.

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:

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. 

Accommodations Requirements

Mandatory Hotel Stopover Booking: As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET, students and co-arriving family members must reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada. To learn more about this requirement, please visit the Government of Canada webpage. During this 3-day quarantine period you will 

In order to book a hotel, you will need to call: 

  • 1-800-294-8253 (toll-free within North America) 
  • 1-613-830-2992 (collect outside of North America) 

You'll be able to choose from the listed hotel locations and be required to provide: 

  • traveller name(s) 
  • date(s) of birth 
  • arrival city and date 
  • payment information 
  • special requests and accessibility concerns 
  • pet information 

Travellers will receive email confirmation of their accommodation within 4 hours of booking. Travellers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN. 

Costs of these hotel stopovers may vary by location. The price will include costs associated with the: 

  • food 
  • room 
  • security 
  • transportation 
  • infection prevention and control measures 

The list of government-authorized hotels is available here. Please note, you must book through the numbers provided above and not directly with the hotel.

Exemption from arrival test and mandatory three-day hotel stopover

Resolved COVID-19 infection – persons who have molecular test proof to show they had a positive COVID-19 test taken between 14-90 days before travel are exempt.

For more information, contact Public Health – 1-833-784-4397.

Travellers will still be required to complete the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine after their mandatory hotel stopover. 

Once you leave the stopover hotel, you must: 

  • Go directly to their place of quarantine, without delay, and stay there for 14 days.
  • Ensure they wear an appropriate mask or face covering, especially while in transit. 
  • Not go to school, work, other public areas and community settings.
  • Monitor health for symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • Ask someone else to pick up essentials like groceries or medication. 
  • Not have visitors. 
  • Stay in a private place like a private yard or balcony if they go outside for fresh air. 
  • Keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others. 
  • Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others in their home, if possible. 
  • They must not have visitors and must limit contact with others in the place of isolation, including children. 
  • They must not be in contact with vulnerable people such as older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions. 
  • They can take public transportation to get to their place of self-isolation after they arrive in Canada, but must not stop on the way and practice physical distancing of 2 metres at all times. Violating any instructions provided when they entered Canada could lead to up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.
  • Every international student and co-arriving family member arriving into Canada must have a quarantine plan in place to show Canadian border officers. If a Humber student needs assistance with quarantine planning, we can assist, but arrangements must be made prior to arriving to the airport.

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.

Travellers will also be required to take another COVID-19 molecular test later during their 14-day quarantine. Travellers will be provided with a COVID-19 test kit and instructions before leaving the airport. 

Quarantine Exemption

Updates to Quarantine Requirements

The Government of Canada has announced changes to quarantine requirements which impacts international students. Beginning July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to:

  • 3-day government-authorized hotel stay
  • Federal requirement to quarantine for 14 days
  • COVID-19 test on day 8

To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

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 still meet all other mandatory requirements, including pre- and on-arrival testing.

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

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

Prior to July 15th, you can receive up to $750.00 CAD for your 3-day mandatory hotel quarantine and up to $750.00 CAD for your 11-day optional hotel quarantine regardless of which hotel packages you choose. After July 15th, 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. 

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.