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 Fall 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 (if necessary);
  • 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 July 24, 2022

The Canadian government has issued 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 are 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 visit 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.

Random arrival Covid-19 test

Covid-19 random arrival tests are reinstated as of July 19, 2022 for travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated, arriving in Canada by air to the four major Canadian airports, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. The test is free.

Arriving by air

If you’re selected for testing, you’ll receive an email within 15 minutes of completing your customs declaration and receiving your kiosk receipt. This email will have important information about where and when to get tested. It will be sent to the same email address you used for ArriveCAN. The email will be from  or You will have to follow the instructions in the email you received.

*  You can take public transportation, including connecting flights without waiting for your arrival test results.

*  You aren’t required to quarantine while awaiting your test result if you’re randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test.

For more information, visit the Canadian government website.

Arrival testing at land borders

If you’re selected for testing, you’ll be given a self-swab kit when you arrive at a land border crossing. You’ll complete your test kit via a virtual telehealth appointment with your test provider. You’ll need to follow the instructions in your self-swab kit to complete the test at your destination. If you’re unable to complete a video appointment, contact your test provider for more testing options.

*  You aren’t required to quarantine while awaiting your test result if you’re randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test.

For more information, visit the Canadian government website.

If a fully vaccinated traveller or unvaccinated child under 12 years of age tests positive on their arrival test:

If a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian, or tutor has travelled with a child and they experience symptoms or test positive:

  • unvaccinated children under 12 years of age must quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms
  • report your unvaccinated child’s test results and/or symptoms to PHAC by calling 1-833-641-0343
  • the fully vaccinated adult should verify which local public health requirements they must follow

We recommend, but do no require, that all students entering Canada have a quarantine plan in case they need to isolate themselves following a random test upon arrival or if they are an unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minor student.

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 Fall 2022 on myBU) to prove that you are coming to study this fall, and if you are a new student you will also need to bring your Admission Letter from Bishop’s University.

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 Sunlife 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, if necessary

Quarantine off-campus

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

Quarantine on-campus

If you are living in the sResidencess at Bishop’s in the Fall 2022 semester and you test positive on your random Covid-19 test upon arrival, the Residences will assist you to isolate yourself as required by the Canadian government. We recommend that you include this in your quarantine plan.

Sample 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!