Self-Quarantine Resources

Updated: December 14, 2021

Effective November 30, 2021, all travellers will be required to take a COVID test upon entry into Canada. Fully vaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine while they await the results of their arrival test. Unvaccinated travellers authorized to Canada at this time will continue to be tested upon arrival and on Day 8, and be required to quarantine for 14 days. Further, unvaccinated travellers arriving by air will now be required to stay in a designated quarantine facility or other suitable location while they await the result of their COVID-19 test.

With this in mind, we’ve brought together a number of resources to help you create your quarantine plan, which you’ll need to provide to a Canada Border Services Officer when you arrive (travellers are required to use the ArriveCAN app to prepare and submit your plan). You can still access many of our services remotely while in quarantine, and some services will be available on-campus once you have completed your quarantine.

  • Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province or territory--including McGill University--are able to reopen to international students who are currently outside Canada. Details about the new rules for entering Canada are available on the International Student Services FAQ.
  • Don't forget to use the ArriveCAN app to prepare and submit your self-quarantine plan within 48 hours before arriving.

Things to Know Before You Travel

Travellers flying to Canada must present the airline with proof of a negative COVID-19 test to be allowed to board the plane. The test must have been taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to boarding the flight and must be a PCR test. Please consult the Government of Canada website for details.

Next Steps

  1. Think about your arrival

    • Where will you self-quarantine?
    • How will you get there?
    • How will you make arrangements for your support such as food, medication, child care, or cleaning supplies?
    • Check out the FAQ (below) for additional tips and information.
  2. Create your self-quarantine plan

  3. Submit your self-quarantine plan

  4. Check in with ArriveCAN

    • As of November 21, 2020, travellers entering Canada by land, air, or sea, will be required to submit information through the ArriveCAN app during your quarantine/isolation period. Read more information via the Government of Canada's public health website


Do I have to self-quarantine?

Students arriving from within Canada

  • There are no isolation measures for people arriving from other Canadian provinces, so you do not need to self-isolate.

Students arriving from outside of Canada

  • Whether you're a Canadian or international student travelling from abroad (except the US), you must quarantine upon arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers must quarantine while awaiting the results of their COVID-19 test taken upon arrival, while unvaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine for 14 days. 

Students living in Residences

Students living off-campus

  • If you cannot self-isolate in your apartment, you can quarantine in a select number of Residence spaces (see details under Students living in Residences), one of our select hotel partners (see Question 4 in our Self-Quarantine FAQs below for more information), or at an AirBnB location.

Self-Quarantine FAQs

1) Do I have to self-quarantine?

You must quarantine for 14 days if you are coming to Montreal from outside of Canada and are not fully vaccinated. At the port of entry (land/air), the officer will ask you for your quarantine plan. You will be asked to provide basic information using the traveler contact information form (available online/paper). A border services officer will conduct a screening in order to assess any symptoms. If you are fully vaccinated, you will be required to quarantine until you receive the results of your COVID-19 test taken upon entry into Canada.

The government of Canada requires the use of the ArriveCan app to speed up your arrival process. You must submit your information 48 hours before arrival in Canada.

If you violate any instructions provided to you when you enter Canada, this is an offence under the Quarantine Act. Consequences may include up to $750,000 in fines and/or 6 months in prison, and/or being removed from Canada and banned from entering for one year.

Source: Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada

2) My flight will land at the Trudeau International Airport in Montreal. Can I use public transportation to get to my quarantine location?

According to the guidelines for Montreal-Trudeau airport, only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to use ground transportation (ex. Taxi, Uber).

Taxis: Drivers must clean their cars between each customer, wear a mask and wash their hands.

Wearing a mask/face covering that covers the nose and mouth is mandatory in enclosed or partially enclosed public places, including on public transit.

Source: Montreal Trudeau International Airport

3) I am an undergraduate student and plan to stay in McGill housing. Can I quarantine there?

  • McGill Residences has space to accommodate students who need to quarantine. Rooms will be available for $50 per night, and food will need to be purchased from off-campus vendors using a credit card. 
  • Spaces are limited. For booking details, visit the Student Housing and Hospitality Services COVID-19 FAQ page

4) I will not be living in McGill Housing. Where can I self-isolate/quarantine?

You can also access the Student Housing and Hospitality Services reserved spaces, or opt for a hotel or AirBnB rental.

Contact the following hotel partners to make the necessary quarantine arrangements:

Downtown Hotel


Cantlie Hotel & Suites

$90 per night for a studio 2 queen/studio deluxe room with kitchenette

Rate is available between December 10 - January 31, 2022 but excludes December 31st

To reserve a room, please call:
Levan Nguyen : 514-844-3951 ,ext: 2801
Catherine Gagne: 514-844-3951, ext: 2808
Samantha Bahrke: 514-844-3951, ext: 2802

McGill room reservation link
Use code MedX2022

Delta Hotel

$99 per night (room only)

Rate is available between December 20 - January 20, 2022
McGill room reservation link

Use code GU0

OMNI Hotel

$120 per night (room only)

Rate is available between December 20 - January 20, 2022
McGill room reservation link

West Island Hotel


Marriott Courtyard Baie D’Urfe

$99 per night (room only)
Hotel located near Macdonald campus in Baie D’Urfe 

For Reservations:514-674-8000 and ask for the McGill Self Isolation Rate

Holiday Inn and suites Vaudreuil

$114 per night (incl breakfast)
Hotel located near Macdonald campus in Vaudreuil
Reservations : info [at]

5) How and where can I get groceries?

Grocery stores in Montreal offer contact-free delivery (ex. Metro, IGA, Provigo). To pay for groceries, you will need to bring a credit card since you won’t be able to open a bank account in Canada until your quarantine period of 14 days is over. Some grocery stores may not accept foreign credit cards, however Wal-Mart and Uber Eats have been known to accept them. 

6) Does the International Student Health Insurance plan cover testing for COVID-19?

The International Health Insurance (IHI) plan covers hospitalization and treatment for COVID-19 in Canada. Please refer to the Basic Health Benefits on pages 7-9 in the Medavie Blue Cross handbook for details on this coverage.

Please note, COVID-19 testing is offered free of charge in Quebec at the public testing sites. COVID-19 tests at private clinics are not covered under the IHI plan. COVID-19 tests for travel purposes (including mandatory tests upon arrival to Canada) are also not covered under the IHI plan.

As per McGill’s current recommendations, members of the McGill community who have flu-like symptoms should call 1-877-644-4545 instead of going in-person to a medical clinic. Based on your symptoms and travel history, a health care professional will advise you on the best course of action.


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