COVID-19 Institutional Readiness Requirements for International Students

COVID-19 Institutional Readiness Requirements for International Students

Dear international students,

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus in Winter 2022!

Please read the following document carefully, and do not hesitate to write to if you have any questions.


Elements to consider when deciding to travel to Canada

  • Risk of refusal of entry to Canada at the Canadian border, at the discretion of each border agent;
  • Ability to implement an adequate quarantine plan;
  • Appropriate financial resources, regardless of the impacts of the pandemic;
  • Health risks and health insurance coverage.
  • Travel restrictions to get to Canada.

Instructions for Students Travelling to Canada


All the information on this website is taken from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website (IRCC, as well as the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration du Québec (MIFI,; in case of discrepancies, the IRCC and MIFI websites prevail. The information contained on this website does not constitute a legal opinion and is not binding on Bishop’s University.

Updated on December 15, 2021

Temporary borders restrictions related to the Omicron variant:

“There are new requirements for all fully vaccinated travelers who are permitted entry and have been in any country other than Canada or the United States in the 14 days before arriving in Canada. Fully vaccinated travelers who are selected for arrival testing must quarantine in a suitable place until they receive a negative test result.”

Foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries within 14 days before arriving in Canada cannot enter Canada right now:

The Canadian government has issued new travel restrictions to allow entry into Canada, both by air and land. For more information about the required COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements, please visit the IRCC website.

Starting July 5th 2021, new directives are in place for COVID vaccinated travellers.

As of January 15, 2022, only fully vaccinated students will be allowed to enter Canada to attend a designated learning institution in Canada. If you are a minor (under the age of 18) and are not fully vaccinated, you will be allowed to come to Canada if you are attending a designated learning institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory where the school is located, which Bishop’s is.

For more information on travelling to and within Canada, please see the announcement from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Travel page: COVID-19 Boarding flights and trains in Canada.

Family members: There are some easing up of the restrictions for fully vaccinated students’ family members (visitors) traveling to Canada. As of August 9, 2021, American citizens and permanents residents of the United States who currently reside in the United States who are fully vaccinated will be able to enter Canada. As of September 7, 2021, all other fully vaccinated foreign nationals should be able to enter Canada as visitors.

Anyone entering Canada is required to have a written plan for their 14-day quarantine. Failing to do so may risk refusal of entry into Canada by the Canada Border Services Officer.

A sample quarantine plan is provided to you as a courtesy (see below). Please note that you may still be refused entry to Canada, at the discretionary power of the Canada Border Services Officer. Remember to personalize this plan and print it out so you have it on hand when you need it.

ArriveCAN applicationPrior to departure, you and any co-arriving family members must download the ArriveCAN application. Use this mobile app to speed up your arrival process in Canada and spend less time with border and public health officers. Submit your information easily and securely using the app within 72 hours before arriving in Canada. The app helps you to:

  • provide mandatory information that’s required for entry into Canada;
  • reduce your wait time and points of contact at the border;
  • provide the Government of Canada with updates on your quarantine compliance.

Moreover, when you enter Canada, you will need a proof of enrolment at Bishop’s University (Verification of Enrolment Letter of Winter 2022 on myBU) to prove that you are coming to study this winter, and if you are a new student you will also need to bring your Admission Letter from Bishop’s University.

Travel from Canada

The Government of Canada has announced that, effective October 30, 2021, proof of full vaccination, with accepted vaccine in Canada, will be required for all travelers aged 12 years and older who are:

  • Air passengers travelling on domestic or international flights from Canada;
  • VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer train passengers;

For you, this means that:

  • If you arrive in Canada through an airport other than Montreal-Trudeau (YUL), you must be fully vaccinated, with accepted vaccines in Canada, to continue your trip to Montreal on a train or plane within Canada;
  • If you arrive directly at Montreal-Trudeau airport and you are not fully vaccinated, with accepted vaccines in Canada you will have to respect the quarantine rules in effect. It is important to understand that you will not be able to leave Canada until you are fully vaccinated. We remind you that you can be vaccinated for free in Sherbrooke.

For more information, please visit the Government of Canada website.

Health Insurance:

Students from certain countries are covered by Québec provincial health insurance, RAMQ.

All international students not covered by RAMQ will be covered by the RSA Health Insurance Plan, which is mandatory to study at Bishop’s University. If an international student gets sick with COVID-19 while they are in Quebec, the current policy would cover hospital accommodation and physician charges as it normally would when a student becomes ill while in Quebec. Please note that all limitations, conditions and exclusions would apply. We urge everyone to consult the policy or certificate of insurance that applies to their situation to determine how coverage is affected.

For more information:

Where to stay for your quarantine

Quarantine off-campus

You may choose to complete your quarantine in a hotel prior to moving into your apartment.

Quarantine in Bishop’s Residences

If you are a student living in Bishop’s residence you have the option to complete your mandatory 14 days quarantine in a residence dedicated for quarantine, and you will be assigned to a single room. A quarantine application will be sent to you with your residence room assignment in December for you to complete if you choose to quarantine on campus.

Students can arrive Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the earliest, to complete their 14 days quarantine. You must arrive by January 11, 2022, at the latest, if you are registered to in-person courses in order to complete your quarantine before the course add/drop deadline, which is January 25, 2022. All arrivals before January 6th will require quarantine to be completed in a hotel as the campus will be closed. Bishop’s has partnered with Hotel Management International for students to complete their quarantine off-campus. Requests to quarantine off-campus in a hotel can be submitted via this link: Students who are taking ALL their classes online can arrive after January 11th to quarantine on campus.

If you are not required to quarantine, you will be allowed to move into residence as of Sunday, January 9, 2022.

If a student develops symptoms while completing their mandatory quarantine in residence, which requires them to stay in quarantine beyond the 14 days, they will have to pay additional meal plan and delivery costs until such time as they are able to be released from quarantine.

Please find below the rates for students in quarantine in residence.

Food and Delivery – Quarantine Rates

Please note the meal plans associated with your lease only begin as of January 9th for supper, therefore you will be required to pay for all meals prior to January 9th ($23.50/day). The food delivery of $15+ tax per day is payable for the complete duration of your quarantine. If you are exempt from a meal plan you will be required to pay $38.50+ tax/day ($23.50 for meals and $15 for food delivery).

Bedding in Quarantine

You can purchase a linen kit at an additional cost, which will be in your quarantine room or regular room upon your arrival. All students will have a single bed in quarantine but can purchase a kit for a double sized bed if they wish to use this bedding in their residence room for the academic year.

Cost for a Single kit:  $95.00

Cost for a Double kit:  $115.00

What to expect during your quarantine period in residence:

  • Free wireless internet (Wi-Fi);
  • Bring your own electronic devices (laptop, tablet, cellular phone, etc.), and the appropriate adapters, as you will not be permitted to leave your room for 14 days;
  • Bed linen;
  • You could bring your own
  • You could purchase from residence (see above rates – bedding in quarantine)
  • Pack enough clothes for 14 days because you will not have access to laundry facilities until after the isolation period;
  • Bring leisurely items such as knitting, cards, books, to pass the time;
  • Bring enough toiletries for 14 days;
  • You will share a communal bathroom with those who occupy the same floor as you and are responsible for disinfecting before and after you use the facilities (appropriate disinfectant supplies will be provided);
  • Meal deliveries three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner);
  • Free access to a variety of online activities;
  • Members of Bishop’s staff will check-in daily via phone call with students;
  • Bishop’s staff will ensure that students in quarantine remain in their rooms for the safety of all;
  • If you exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19, continue to quarantine in your room and contact line 1-877-644-4545 first. If you cannot reach anyone on this line, you should call the BU health clinic (do not come to the clinic in person). You must contact to make the residence team aware.

Sample 14-day Quarantine Plan

We strongly recommend that you complete a plan similar to the one below and have it ready to show border agents upon entering Canada.

To be filled by student


When I will arrive at XYZ (entry point to Canada, for example “Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL)”) in the city of XYZ, I have planned to take the following transportation in order to arrive at the transit point XYZ (city and specific location with address) or to arrive at the place where I will spend my quarantine period XYZ (city and specific location with address):

Transportation XYZ from the entry point to Canada XYZ to XYZ at (specific quarantine location with address).
I will take the following planned Health and Safety measures during my transit: separation of the driver by glass or plexiglass, washing and disinfecting hands, wearing of a face mask, etc.
*Provide proof of transport reservation/payment.

I will not stop anywhere during my transit to my location of quarantine and I will wear a face mask or face cover during the journey.


The place where I will spend my 14-day quarantine (and more if necessary), without the presence of vulnerable people (people aged 65 years and more, or who have underlying health conditions), is the following:

Address of Quarantine Location (street name and apartment/house number, city, province, postal code)
*Mention if you will be living alone or with others. If you think you will have to share the living space with others, explain the configuration of the living spaces and the health and safety measures planned when using common spaces (bathroom, kitchen, living room, etc.). Provide written proof of the agreement with your roommates, if you plan on completing your quarantine in the same place as them.
*Provide proof of reservation/payment of the place where you will be completing your quarantine.

I am committed to obeying the following guidelines:

  • Stay alone in common living spaces as much as possible;
  • Eat and sleep alone in one room of the housing accommodation;
  • Avoid as much as possible to be in contact with other people in the accommodation. If this is impossible, to keep a 2m distance between myself and others. To cover my nose and mouth if I must get within 2m from another person;
  • Air the living space and my room by frequently opening my window if the weather permits.

Food and Hygiene

During my 14-day quarantine, I plan on feeding myself by the following means*:

Online door delivery grocery order at XYZ
Door delivery catering service provided by my place of accommodation
Restrained use of a common kitchen with the following sanitation measures: Food drop-off by friends or family. Provide a list of businesses or friends / family, with their address and a way to contact them, who will help you get food.
*Select which applies from above means.

Health and emergency care

In case of sickness or symptom onset of COVID-19, I will contact the local public health authorities via the following contact number 1-877-644-4545. I will go to a screening centre/medical clinic/hospital whilst following health and safety guidelines, wear a face cover, and I will inform the personnel upon my arrival that I have travelled abroad.

Financial Means

I have a credit card and Canadian currency that will allow me to cover the costs of transportation, accommodation and food, as well as health or emergency care (if needed); in order to comply with health measures in effect on arrival in Canada during my period of quarantine, and during my stay in Canada.


I agree to stay in the accommodation where I will spend my quarantine, without leaving to public places or welcoming visitors. I will respect the hygiene measures, as recommended by the Public Health of Quebec. If symptoms of COVID-19 appear, I will isolate myself and immediately call the local Public Health authorities (1-877-644-4545) and follow any instructions received.

Transportation from Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Sherbrooke


Limocar is the public bus service that connects the Montreal bus terminal (Gare d’autocars) to the Sherbrooke central bus terminal.  This bus does not always stop at Bishop’s University (certain schedules only).  From the airport, you must take a taxi, an Uber ride or public transportation to get to the Montreal bus terminal (Gare d’autocars) before boarding the Limocar. The exact address of the bus station is 1717 Berri Street. Limocar website.

Getting to the Montreal bus terminal (Gare d’autocars) by taxi

You may get a taxi from the airport at the arrivals level at door 23, where a dispatcher will assist you. Reservations are not required.

Taxi fares from the Montreal airport to downtown Montreal are fixed at $41 CAD. Fares are by meter for all other destinations. The minimum rate for a trip from YUL Airport is $17.45 CAD.

Payment is allowed by Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit card, or in Canadian currency (Canadian Dollars).

If you wish to get further information about taxi services at Montreal Airport, please call: (514) 394-7377.

Getting to the Montreal bus terminal (Gare d’autocars) by Uber

You may use the Uber application to book a ride from the airport to the Montreal bus terminal. For more information regarding fares and requesting a ride, see: Please note that an email address, a phone number and an internet connection are required to sign up and use the application.

Getting to the Montreal bus terminal (Gare d’autocars) by public transportation

The city bus number 747 operates between the airport and the Montreal bus terminal (Gare d’autocars).

See for more information on schedules, fares, points of sale, and luggage transportation for the 747 YUL Montréal-Trudeau Airport / Downtown shuttle.

Getting to Bishop’s University from the Sherbrooke bus terminal:

You may take a taxi from the Sherbrooke bus terminal by calling the Taxi Sherbrooke company at (819) 562-4717 or (819) 562-3838. A direct phone line is also available outside of the Siboire building. Reservations are not required. The fare averages around $20-25 CAD for a ride from the bus terminal to the University.

You may also take the Sherbrooke city bus (line #2) to get to Bishop’s University. The fare for one trip per person is $3.30 CAD, which can be paid with exact change inside the bus.

For more information on schedules, please click this link (French only).

Below you will find a map that indicates how to call the Taxi Sherbrooke company from outside the Siboire building, as well as where the Sherbrooke city bus stop Line #2 is located.

Map showing where to find bus number two and a phone for taxi Sherbrooke

Taxi service

Some taxi companies may offer a ride from the Montreal airport to Bishop’s University. You may get a taxi from the airport at the arrivals level at door 23, where a dispatcher will assist you. Reservations are not required but recommended.

The fare is calculated as follow: $3.50 CAD initially + $1.75 CAD per kilometer + $0.65 CAD per minute of waiting time. The tip is included at your discretion. As such, a taxi ride could cost approximately $300 CAD (tip not included).

Payment is allowed by Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit card, or in Canadian currency (Canadian Dollars).

If you wish to get further information about taxi services at Montreal Airport, please call: (514) 394-7377.


The Aeroshuttle is available 24/7 from Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport to Sherbrooke. The service works with your flight information to offer departure time that are specially suited to your travel itinerary and road conditions. There is a home service at no extra cost in Sherbrooke. This means the Aeroshuttle will drop you right on campus if necessary!

Fees are per person and each person is allowed two regular sized luggage bags. The cost is $102 plus tax for a one-way trip.

Upon making your reservation you will be asked to indicate your drop-off location. The address for the University can be found here if needed:

2600 rue College
Sherbrooke, QC
J1M 1Z7

It is important to note that you will not be able to complete your reservation online if your departure date and time is in less than 72hrs. If this is the case you must phone at 1‑855‑NAVETTE (628-3883) to make your reservation.

Car rental

Several car rental companies operate from, or nearby, the Montreal airport. The following 3 companies may offer drop off in Sherbrooke. Restrictions and conditions regarding age, driver’s license, etc. apply to car rentals in the province of Quebec, as such please make sure to read the terms and conditions carefully for each company. Reservations are required ahead of time.


There is a possibility of renting a car at the Montreal airport and dropping it off in Sherbrooke (additional fees are incurred when drop off is at a different location than pick up). Availability and prices depend on dates.

Directions from terminal: The counter is located in the Car Rental Centre. The vehicles are within walking distance.

For more information or to make a reservation with Enterprise, please click this link.

Enterprise FAQ

Discount (Location d’autos et camions)

There is a possibility of renting a car at the Montreal airport and dropping it off in Sherbrooke (additional fees are incurred when drop off is at a different location than pick up). Availability and prices depend on dates.

Shuttle instructions to get to the Discount location from the airport: When arriving at the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, please dial 1-888-335-5683 in order to signal your presence. Please make your way to door 9 on the departure area of the airport as the Discount shuttle will pass by.

For more information or to make a reservation with Discount, please click this link.

Discount FAQ


Availability, prices and possibility of drop off in Sherbrooke depend on dates. As of July 21st, there is only availability for pick up and drop off at the Montreal Airport, there is no availability to drop off in Sherbrooke. This information could change due to cancellations.
Directions from terminal: Follow signs for “car rental” Once outside the terminal, follow walkway to the exterior parking located on the ground level floor. As you enter the multilevel exterior parking lot, follow signs to the Rent a Car Building. Upon entering the building, you will see the counter in front of you.

For more information or to make a reservation with Budget, please click this link.

Budget FAQ

Personal car

If you are arriving by land from the USA, please note that anyone accompanying you may also be asked to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Canada. If they do not have a quarantine plan, they could not be allowed to enter. They must also ensure that they are able to enter Canada despite travel restrictions. Please note that the final decision on whether or not to enter Canada rests with the border services officers.

Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you soon. Take care!