Guidelines for traveling to Northeastern Campuses located in Canada

UPDATED 02/18/2022 09:33 AM

As Northeastern responds to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our number one priority remains the health and well-being of our students and community. At each of our campus locations, our plans are guided by real-time COVID-19 updates and follow guidance from public health and government authorities.

The information on this website is intended to help you make necessary arrangements for your travel to Northeastern. Please read carefully the below information and check back regularly to make informed travel plans. As always, we are available to answer your questions and provide comprehensive advice and information on resources that may be helpful to you. For additional support, email us at:

[email protected] – for assistance with issuing travel letters and screening travel documents.

[email protected] – to register travel plans and for assistance during travel. If you need immediate assistance while traveling, call +1.857.214.5332 (for international assistance) or +1.617.373.2121 (if you need the assistance at a U.S. Port of Entry).

If you’re traveling to Northeastern campuses in the U.S. or the U.K., please read our guides for Traveling to the US or Traveling to the U.K.

Traveling to Canada

Northeastern students are authorized to enter Canada as the Vancouver and Toronto campuses are considered approved designated learning institutions (DLI) by the Canadian government to continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, non-essential travel to Canada is prohibited. Please review the current provincial guidance to confirm current status of campus operations. For FAQ and updates regarding travel restrictions for students arriving Fall 2021 or Winter 2022, please see the OGSCanada Covid 19 FAQ page

Note: Actual entry into Canada is up to the determination of a government representative at the time and place of entry, based on information provided by the traveler. Following the guidelines provided on this page in no way guarantees entry.

Effective 28 February 2022, fully vaccinated travelers will have the option to use a COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken the day prior to their scheduled flight or arrival at a land or maritime crossing. Self-tests are not accepted for entry.

International travelers entering Canada are required to provide the following documentation on arrival:

Once you arrive in Canada, you are required to:

  • Complete a COVID-19 test on-arrival, either at the port of entry or using a take-home testing kit.
  • Quarantine in a suitable place until you receive a negative test result.
    • You are permitted to use public transportation (e.g., connecting flights) to reach your place of quarantine

Predeparture Testing Requirements for International Travelers from India (Expires 28 February 2022)

Direct flights

If you’re taking a direct flight from India to Canada, you’ll need proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test from the Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport. The test must be taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of your direct flight to Canada.

Indirect flights

If you’re taking an indirect flight from India to Canada, you’ll still need proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test, within 72 hours of your final flight to Canada. The test must be taken in the country from which your flight to Canada will depart.

More information regarding pre-departure testing can be found here.

International Travelers entering Canada from Morocco should consult the Government of Canada’s dedicated webpage for predeparture testing requirements. This guidance expires on 28 February 2022.

Additional Rules for International Travel to Canada

  • Unvaccinated international travelers are not permitted to board domestic flights or rail services.
  • Failure to comply with an order to quarantine could result in a 750 000$ fine and/or 6 months in prison

There are additional restrictions for essential travelers that are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Travel Timing and Steps

Be aware that by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regulation you should not travel to Canada earlier than 4 weeks or 28 days before the start of your classes.

Once you secure your visa or eTA, send a copy of it to [email protected]. Northeastern staff will guide you through the next steps.

To obtain a Travel Letter from Northeastern, please send a copy of your visa (or study permit approval if you are from a visa-exempt country) to [email protected] no less than 10 days before your intended date of travel. You will receive instructions regarding approved airport transportation, preparing your quarantine plan, and current testing requirements. Your Travel Letter will be issued 3-5 business days prior to your travel date.

To gain entry into Canada you have to provide a suitable quarantine plan as required by the Canadian authorities. A failure to provide such a plan may result in denied entry or placement in a federally designated quarantine facility for 14 days.

Exemption for eligible fully vaccinated travellers

Starting at 11:59 pm ET on July 5, 2021, there will be some exemptions for people eligible to enter Canada, who also meet specific conditions for fully vaccinated travellers. COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

For the most up-to-date instructions for travel to Canada, please consult the Government of Canada website: Flying to Canada requirements checklist.

Required Documents

  • Valid Study Permit or a letter of introduction, identifying you as a person who has been approved for a Study Permit.
  • Valid and unexpired medical exam records. Please note that medical results are normally valid for 12 months from the moment of administration.
  • Proof of Acceptance letter from Northeastern University.
  • Proof of financial support.
  • Travel Letter issued by Northeastern University.
  • Suitable quarantine plan as required by the Canadian authorities.
  • Any other document that you are advised to provide by IRCC

Late Arrivals

Please refer to your program start date on your Proof of Acceptance Letter (POA). The last day to arrive to attend courses at the Canadian campuses is the first day of classes, as indicated on the POA. IRCC recommends that you should arrive no earlier than 28 days or 4 weeks prior to the start of classes. You may be refused entry if you arrive too early.

If you are unable to arrive before the start of your classes, please email [email protected] for instructions and guidance.

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