Guidelines for traveling to Northeastern Campuses located in Canada

UPDATED 06/15/2022 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 questions about travelling to Canada. Students need to register their travel with us after they receive their visa and have a travel date. Links to register their travel will be posted in mid-July.

[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

Government of Canada temporarily suspending mandatory random arrival testing at all airports 

As part of the structured plan to move COVID-19 testing out of airports, from June 11 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT) to June 30, 2022, the Government of Canada is temporarily suspending mandatory random arrival testing at all airports for travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated.

There are no changes to:

  • mandatory random arrival testing at land borders
  • arrival testing for travellers who don’t qualify as fully vaccinated and are allowed entry into Canada


To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, you must: 

  • have received at least 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine accepted for travel, a mix of 2 accepted vaccines
    • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • have received your second dose at least 14 calendar days before you enter Canada
    • Example: if your second dose was anytime on Thursday, July 1, then Thursday, July 15would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
    • this timing is only required for your second dose, not for third or fourth doses
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • have ArriveCAN receipt with letter A, I, or V beside your name by uploading proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN


Accepted Vaccines

Vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel to and within Canada:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Medicago Covifenz
  • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273) including for children aged 6 to 11 years
  • Novavax (NVX-COV2373, Nuvaxovid, Covovax)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) including for children aged 5 to 11 years
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

Mandatory use of ArriveCAN (account, proof, help)

ArriveCAN continues to be mandatory for all travellers to Canada. It is also required to qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption from quarantine and testing. If you don’t submit your travel information and proof of vaccination using ArriveCAN you could be fined $5,000.

You must use the ArriveCAN mobile app or sign in on a computer to enter your proof of vaccination and travel information.

  • To be ready for your trip, create your free ArriveCAN account
  • Proof of vaccination and travel documents can be saved in your ArriveCAN traveller profile before any planned travel
  • To get an ArriveCAN receipt, submit your travel and vaccination information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada
    • If you arrive by boat (including ferry), submit when you enter Canada
    • For travellers boarding a cruise ship, visit the Cruise ship travel page for requirements specific to cruise ships

For more information, please visit Travel to Canada: Requirements for COVID-19 vaccinated travellers


Required Documents

  • Valid Study Permit or a letter of introduction, identifying you as a person who has been approved for a Study Permit.
  • ArriveCAN receipt with letter A, I or V beside the vaccinated traveler’s name.
  • Proof of vaccination that was uploaded into ArriveCAN (original or paper copy).
  • Travel document, e.g. A valid passport.
  • A Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an electronic travel authorization (e-TA) for non-US citizens.
  • A copy of the admissions letter/decision letter/deferral confirmation letter or email if applicable from Northeastern University.
  • A copy of the Proof of Acceptance (POA) letter that you submitted for your study permit application.
  • Valid and unexpired medical exam records. Please note that medical results are normally valid for 12 months from the moment of administration.
  • Proof of financial support.
  • Any other document that you are advised to provide by IRCC.

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