Guidelines for quarantine
If you are travelling to Montreal from outside Canada, you will need to follow some important public health regulations.
Monitor the government of Canada's page on COVID-19 travel restrictions for the latest information as you make your travel plans.
Some travellers – including international students – who are eligible to enter Canada and considered fully vaccinated may qualify for an exemption from quarantine requirements — provided they meet certain additional criteria. You will still need a quarantine plan in place even if you are seeking the exemption.
Please look into the rules that apply to you before you make travel plans
If you are cleared to circulate freely upon arrival to Canada: If you have your own accommodations ready to move into, you may quarantine there.
For those who haven’t found housing in Montreal ahead of their arrival, Concordia is providing options with Hotel Management International (HMI) to offer you “quarantine accommodation” at discounted rates. Fill out the accommodation request form to access and reserve a Montreal-based hotel room.
Please note that you may not quarantine on campus. If you have a room in residence, plan to complete your quarantine before move-in day.
Being in quarantine means you must self-isolate in one location for the 14-day duration. During this period, you must:
- Not have visitors (friends, family, maintenance workers or utility workers for things like internet or phone set-up)
- Arrange to have your groceries or any medications you need delivered to you.
- Stay in a private area, such as a yard or balcony, if you go outside for fresh air. Neighbourhood walks are not permitted in quarantine.
- Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19.
For more information: Government of Canada
Bring at least 14 days’ worth of any medication you need, and remember to pack all medication and important documents with you in your carry-on bag. If your bags are delayed, you will not be able to return to the airport to pick them up until after you have completed your quarantine. You should also have a face-covering to wear with you throughout your transit.
Public health officials suggest the following supplies:
- Non-medical mask or face covering (i.e., made with at least two layers of tightly woven fabric, constructed to completely cover the nose and mouth without gaping, and secured to the head by ties or ear loops)
- Disposable paper towels
- Running water
- Hand soap
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
- Dish soap
- Regular laundry soap
- Regular household cleaning products
- Hard-surface disinfectant that has a Drug Identification Number (DIN), or if not available, concentrated (5%) liquid bleach and a separate container for dilution
- Appropriate cleaning products for high-touch electronics
Parents (foreign nationals/US citizens) who wish to accompany their student(s) to campus will not be able to enter Canada from the United States unless the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) deems your trip to be essential.
You may contact the CBSA to determine whether your trip would qualify as essential. Bear in mind that anyone entering Canada will have to remain in Canada for the 14-day isolation that the Federal Government has outlined in the requirements for Mandatory Quarantine for Travellers to Canada. Short visits are not permitted.
Many grocery stores in Montreal offer online ordering and contact-free delivery, including Supermarche P.A., Supermarche Adonis, Metro, and IGA. You will need a credit card to pay for groceries, so be sure to have one when you arrive. You will not be able to open a bank account in Canada until after your quarantine period is over.
COVID-19 tests are currently administered in public test centers at no cost. Blue Cross health insurance also covers diagnostic tests - please refer the Health Insurance Booklet [PDF] for further details.