Quarantine resources

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MITT welcomes international students for the 2021-2022 academic year. International students traveling to Canada and Manitoba must follow government regulations for the COVID-19 pandemic to keep travellers and communities safe. This resource guide outlines what international students must do while traveling, and once you arrive in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to meet the requirements for quarantine.

Please make sure to read through this guide carefully so that you are prepared for a smooth journey to Canada and can start your studies at MITT successfully.

If you have any questions, contact MITT Pre-Arrival Help Line at 1-204-989-7342 or use the chatbot at www.mitt.ca/international.

Please note the following distinction between “quarantine” and “self-isolation”
Manitoba Public Health advises that quarantine is a legal term used if someone is not sick.  If someone tests COVID-19 positive, they would have to self-isolate. The contacts to the positive COVID-19 patient would have to continue to quarantine, while the COVID-19 patient would have to self-isolate.

Letter to International students from Manitoba Health and Seniors Care

Province of Manitoba has taken great measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure all those living in our province stay safe and healthy.

Please see attached letter from the Province of Manitoba that remind all students how to protect themselves and others during this time.

Steps to travel to Canada by air and quarantine

View this PDF guide and review your steps to travel to Canada by air and quarantine. Please note that the information on the PDF guide may change without notice. For official information, refer to the IRCC website: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html

Easing border measures for fully vaccinated travellers

As of August 9, 2021, new measures will be put in place for travellers to Canada, including international students. Refer to the webpages below for details.

Before you travel

Are you exempt from the travel restrictions?

International students are eligible to travel to Canada if you meet in one of the following requirements:

  1. You are an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (You are staying in Canada for at least 15 days. 14 days quarantine is mandatory.)
  2. You are travelling for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose (e.g. You have Port of Entry IRCC Letter of Introduction AND MITT Letter of Acceptance. Note: In general, students are recommended to travel to Canada when there are have four weeks or less left before the orientation).

Please visit this website for details: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html

Before you travel to Canada, you must have full study permit approval (Port of Entry Letter of Introduction or a valid study permit) AND a valid entry visa (TRV or eTA).

Have not received Port of Entry Letter of Introduction AND the entry visa yet?

If you received MITT Letter of Acceptance, but your study permit or entry visa (TRV or eTA) application is still in processing at IRCC, you may choose to start your program online from outside Canada and continue study from outside Canada until your program starts on-campus delivery.

Before you come to MITT campus, you must have completed 14 days of quarantine. However, please note, MITT may shift classes back to on-campus delivery at any time. Once classes move back to on-campus delivery, students will be expected to be in class.

Make sure to check on-campus delivery start dates at this link (mitt.ca/current-students/important-dates) and arrive in Winnipeg 14 days before on-campus delivery starts.

If you think the visa office closure or study permit processing time would make you unable to travel to Canada in time when on-campus delivery starts, please contact MITT Immigration Services Advisor at visainfo@mitt.ca. Current MITT students must discuss your situation with your instructor.

Your checklist: be prepared before you travel to Canada

  1. Documents you need to prepare (if you are exempt from the travel restrictions)
    When you arrive in Canada, you may be asked to show Canada Border Services Agency officers the following documents:
    • Documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to your departure to Canada.
      Note: Students who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.
    • A valid passport or travel document
    • Letter of Introduction from the visa office that indicates your study permit has been approved Or a valid study permit
    • Letter of Acceptance from MITT
    • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada (tuition payment receipt and bank statement)
    • Letters of reference or any other documents the visa office told you to bring
    • A valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or visitor visa (temporary resident visa)
    • Please book a safe quarantine hotel or homestay in Winnipeg from the recommended accommodation options.
    • At least two weeks before you travel, send us your 14-day quarantine plan (Personal and Arrival Information form). Fill out the form and send it to visainfo@mitt.ca.
    • Health insurance information (recommended. Contact international.health@mitt.ca to receive insurance information)
    • Use ArriveCan application and provide mandatory travel information: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan/plane.html
    • A valid medical exam by an IRCC Panel physician (Please note medical exam results are valid for 12 months only.)
    • Note: As MITT is a DLI with a COVID-19 readiness plan, MITT students would not need the essential travel letter. You can find MITT in the list of DLIs with a COVID-19 readiness plan: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/prepare/designated-learning-institutions-list.html If you still need the essential travel letter, you may request it by contacting enrolment@mitt.ca. ELI students should contact ELI@mitt.ca to request this letter.
    • Register for your arrival testing: Registering in advance is encouraged
    Visit the IRCC website for further details on documents you need to prepare.
    Note: If you are traveling to Canada with your family, your co-arriving immediate family members must have a valid visa to be exempt from the travel restrictions and have a quarantine plan.

    Note: If you are travelling to Manitoba from another province in Canada, please read the information below:

    Travellers from all other Canadian jurisdictions will need to continue to quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Manitoba. Anyone entering Canada must continue to follow federal requirements for quarantine or self-isolation at the time of entry. Consideration will be given to lifting quarantine requirements in the future for sectors that propose and provide satisfactory plans to address public health requirements for necessary travel.
  2. Confirm the location of your 14-day quarantine accommodations
    Quarantine accommodation at your Port of Entry: Quarantine accommodation in Manitoba:
    • After booking 3 nights at your port of entry, book another quarantine hotel or homestay in Winnipeg for 11 days to complete the remaining days of your quarantine. Please book from the accommodation options listed below.
    If you are driving to Canada, OR if you are traveling from another province in Canada Book another quarantine hotel or homestay in Manitoba for 14 days to complete the remaining days of your quarantine. Book from the recommended accommodation options listed below.

    Once you have booked your long-term housing arrangements (e.g., homestay, private housing), contact them to confirm whether you are able to self-isolate there for 14 days upon arrival to Canada. Some accommodation providers may allow you to safely quarantine in this space, while others may require you to complete your 14-day quarantine prior to moving into your accommodations. In the event you are eligible to move-in upon arrival to Canada, provide your accommodations provider confirmation on your arrival date/time. Confirm with them if they provide transportation from the airport to your accommodations upon arrival to Winnipeg.

    In the event you are required to self-isolate before moving into your permanent accommodations, provide your accommodations provider confirmation on your arrival date/time, along with your plan for 14-day quarantine.

    For your safe arrival in Canada and compliance with our COVID-19 readiness plan, MITT recommends you to use one of the following accommodation options:
    1. Winnipeg Quarantine Hotels [PDF]
      Click the PDF file for the hotel contact information, price and service details. Prices and service details are subject to change.
    2. Canada Homestay Network (CHN) manages Homestay for your safe arrival and quarantine
      CHN Homestay guide is available in multiple languages: canadahomestaynetwork.ca/safearrival/
    3. Language Canada Study Safe Corridor: all-inclusive Canadian arrival and quarantine package for international students
  3. Determine what services are available by your 14-day self-isolation accommodation provider
    Confirm if they:
    • Provide airport transportation upon arrival
    • Provide meal delivery services and, if so, how often and at what cost
    • Provide bedsheets, towels, and other supplies
  4. Book your airport pick-up services
    If your accommodation provider listed above does not provide airport pickup services, it is recommended you pre-book transportation services. Some possible options are listed below. In all cases, you will be required to wear a mask on your way to your self-isolation location.

    Using taxi from the airport to the place of quarantine is not recommended.  However, it is recognized that you may not have alternative transportation.  If you are taking taxis from the airport, you are required to wear a mask and only those in the same household who will isolate together are permitted to share a taxi.  Limousines are another alternative.
  5. Understand your responsibilities as a traveler entering Canada, including requirements for self-isolation upon arrival
    Read the information located on the Government of Canada’s website
    • This website lists important information about requirements for mandatory self-isolation upon arrival including:
      • Quarantining (self-isolating) in a place where you will have no contact with vulnerable people, such as:
        • people 65 years or older, or
        • people with underlying medical conditions
      • Confirming you have a suitable place to isolate where you will have access to basic necessities, such as food and medication.
      • Wearing a non-medical mask or face covering while traveling to the place you will quarantine (self-isolate).
      • Further, you must:
        • go directly to your place of quarantine, without stopping anywhere, and stay there for 14 days
          • avoid school, work or other public areas and community settings
        • monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19
        • arrange to have someone pick up essentials like groceries or medication for you
        • not have visitors
        • stay in a private place like your yard or balcony if you go outside for fresh air
        • keep a distance of at least two arms lengths (approximately two metres) from others
  6. Pack appropriately for your 14-day self-isolation
    Pack things you will need for your travel as well as for your 14-day self-isolation period upon arrival.

    Aside from the usual items you would pack, such as clothing and toiletries, some suggested items to help you through travel to Canada and self-isolation include:
    • Prescription medication
    • Face masks
    • Thermometer
    • Printed copies of documents, including those listed in the During travel section of this guide
    • Laptop, phone, and chargers to keep connected with your family and friends while self-isolating
    • Activities for self-isolation, such as books and games
    • Bedsheets and towels (depending if your housing arrangements require you to bring your own)
    • A credit card to ensure you can purchase delivery services when needed
  7. Plan your arrival in Canada
    • Read about entry to Canada here and watch these two videos: entry to Canada and isolation requirements.
    • Download the ArriveCAN app to your mobile phone and enter your personal information up to 48 hours before arriving in Canada. This will speed up your arrival through Immigration Canada at the port of entry, meaning you will spend less time with border and health officers.

Alternative isolation accommodation

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Alternative Isolation Accommodation (AIA) program was established to develop safe options for those requiring a safe space to self-isolate. Two types of AIAs have been established. The first, offers individuals experiencing homelessness a space to self-isolate if they tested positive for COVID-19 or if they are suspected to have it.

The second offers health care workers and other Manitobans who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are suspected to have the virus, a place to self-isolate if they do not have access to a private bedroom and bathroom in their home or if they live with someone who is at greater risk from COVID-19 (e.g. immune compromised).

Click here for more information on Manitoba’s AIA program.

MITT will conduct regular, weekly check-ins with students (via MITT Pre-Arrival Help Line 1-204-989-7342 or visainfo@mitt.ca) for updates on their mental and physical health as well to remind students of the importance of the daily COVID-19 symptoms self-assessment.

Guidebook activity: Before you travel

Print off the checklist

During travel

Carry these important documents with you

  • Passport or travel document
  • Study Permit or Letter of Introduction (study permit approval letter) from the visa office
  • Letter of Acceptance from MITT
  • Essential Travel Letter from MITT
  • Copy of this document, signed by you
  • Your self-quarantine plan
  • Proof of health insurance/insurance information (contact international.health@mitt.ca)

Comply with the following regulations

  • Wear a mask and gloves
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Use hand sanitizer when necessary
  • Practice physical distancing (minimum two metres from others)
  • Sanitize your personal space and high touch areas
  • Minimize trips to the washroom (flush the toilet with the seat cover down)
  • Touch as few surfaces as possible
  • Keep your cell phone charged
  • Monitor your health for
    • fever
    • cough
    • difficulty breathing

If symptoms present themselves during your travel (cough, shortness of breath, fever greater than 38°C, or signs of fever e.g. shivering, flushed skin, excessive sweating), immediately contact your airlines/flight crew.

Please refer to the Symptoms of COVID-19 for additional symptoms common to COVID-19.

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19

  • Go directly to your place of isolation. Do not make any stops while in transit.
  • Check-in within 48 hours of arrival through the ArriveCAN app or call 1-833-641-0343.
  • Report your symptoms through the ArriveCAN app or call 1-833-641-0343 every day until the end of your 14-day isolation.
Additional resources

For travellers without symptoms of COVID-19 returning to Canada

For travellers with symptoms of COVID-19 returning to Canada

If you exhibit symptoms during travel

Contact your travel agent and airline as soon as possible. They will best be able to guide you on requirements based on your current location. Be sure to alert your family, accommodation provider, and MITT if there are any delays in your travel plans to Canada.

If you have any questions, contact MITT Pre-Arrival Help Line: 1-204-989-7342.

Arrive safe in Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Read about entry to Canada here and watch these two videos: entry to Canada and isolation requirements.
  • Be prepared to follow airline and airport directions about wearing a mask/face covering, washing/sanitizing your hands, staying two metres apart from other people, or other actions.
  • Answer every question from airline, airport or border staff completely and truthfully. It is okay to ask someone to repeat a question or explain it in a different way if you do not understand.
  • Travel directly to your place of quarantine. Do not stop anywhere. Wear a mask or face covering while traveling to your place of isolation
  • Contact Student Services by email or phone (204-989-6512) to tell us you have arrived. Be sure to give us your most up-to-date contact information (email address, mailing address, phone number).
  • Please continue to check these websites for the most up-to-date information:
    • Government of Manitoba COVID-19 information here.
    • Government of Canada COVID-19 information here.

Quarantine/self-isolate safe

Prior to arrival, you confirmed your accommodations, including your location for 14 days of self-isolation. Please also refer to the Shared Health Manitoba COVID-19 public health fact sheet and self-isolation fact sheets (available in multiple languages) (link) to assist you in being prepared and knowledgeable in requirements for self-isolation and to link you to essential services.

It is important that you follow the Government of Canada’s requirements for self-isolation, including:

  • Self-isolating in a location without vulnerable people, such as those over the age of 65 or individuals with underlying medical conditions;
  • Having access to basic necessities such as food and toiletries;
  • Wearing a mask when being transported to your place of self-isolation;
  • Traveling directly from your point of arrival in Manitoba to your place of self-isolation; and
  • Monitoring your health for symptoms of COVID-19 throughout the 14 days of isolation.
  • Report to ArriveCan within 48 hours of your arrival in Canada. Report through the mobile application or online

As of January 4, 2021, Manitoba Public Health (https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/?archive=&item=50134) strongly advises international travellers to be tested for COVID-19 on the first day of arrival in Manitoba and at the seven-day mark. Find a testing centre near you at this link: https://gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html

You and your family member can get tested prior to going to your quarantine location, or as soon upon arrival as you are able to get tested. While taxis are not the preferred mode of transportation, you may use a taxi if required to attend a testing centre. Do not take a bus or use public transportation.

Students will be required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 using the Manitoba Self Screening Tool.  If a student experiences any symptoms of COVID-19 during the quarantine period, they must follow the directives of the Province of Manitoba.

  • The Screening Tool is available in Interactive Voice Response (IVR) format. Call 1-877-308-9038 or find it online.
  • The Province of Manitoba offers a service called Health Links – Info Santé, which is a bilingual phone-based nursing triage service. They can give you advice on what health-care path should be followed in your specific situation, whether you should stay home, visit the emergency room, or follow another medical plan. They can be contacted at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257.
  • Take your Day 10 COVID-19 test.

    Register for your Day-10 test once you arrive at the Port of Entry hotel (except Toronto). You will receive a COVID-19 test kit at your Port of Entry airport. On day 10 of your mandatory quarantine, you must take another COVID-19 test. You must stay in your place of quarantine until you receive a negative test result.

    Your kit will contain everything you need to know about how to collect, store and ship your sample. Click here for details: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada#day-10-test

Self-isolation/quarantine can be difficult for some students, especially those who are energized by interactions with others. It is important that you take care of yourself during this time of isolation and to keep connected with your friends and family using other methods, such as FaceTime and Zoom. Here are a few useful tips to get you through the two-week period:

Covid-19 vaccination information

  • International students in Manitoba can receive a Canadian recognized vaccine.
  • International students can book a vaccine appointment immediately upon arrival to Canada IF they have proof that they intend to stay in Manitoba for at least 14 days.
  • International students with one dose from home country can submit proof of first dose to MB health to book their second dose as long as it’s been 28 days since they received their first dose.
  • Students in quarantine would not be allowed to leave their isolation period to go to vaccination appointment.

Covid-19 vaccine eligibility criteria

Immunization Card in Manitoba

  • Details about Immunization Cards in Manitoba: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization-record.html
  • I was vaccinated outside Canada - how can I get my immunization card?:
    • You will need to get a record of your vaccination from the jurisdiction you got your vaccine. If the vaccination you received is from an approved brand in Canada (currently, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson), you can contact your local public health office to have your information recorded. Then, you can request an immunization card.
  • What if the vaccination I received is from a brand not currently approved in Canada?
    • Work is still underway to determine the process for entering this information.
  • Vaccinated While Away? Report Your Vaccine Today!
    • Individuals who received their COVID-19 vaccine outside of the province should have their vaccination information added into Manitoba's immunization system. In order to do this, you will need proof of immunization from the jurisdiction where you received your vaccine. If the vaccine you received is eligible for use in Canada, you can then bring this proof of immunization to a public health office. Visit this link for more info: https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/offices.html

Maintaining mental health during stressful times

Develop a support network.

Form an online chat group with close friends; stay in contact with your family and reach out to your school advisors and instructors by email. The more people you know at your educational institution, the more connected you’ll feel!

Be active.

Exercise is important for your mental outlook and helps ward off depression. Take a break from your self-isolation boredom and get moving on a regular basis. There are many online home workouts that are useful when quarantining!

Eat well.

Choose a wide variety of healthy, nutritious foods. Eat regularly to keep up your energy and portions that help you feel and perform your best. If you cannot go outside to get your food or living necessities, use one of the delivery services during quarantine.

Get enough sleep.

Sleep is vital to your mental well-being. Go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake up at roughly the same time every day. Jet lag may be a challenge for you as part of your adjustment to your move to Canada, so it might be useful to download meditation or sleep apps that help you develop a regular sleep schedule.

Seek professional help.

You’re not alone and there are many people who can help. Talk to a professional about how you are feeling; talk to your school’s student services team. Don’t just rely on the advice of friends. Sometimes you need more and we’re here to support you.

  • Contact MITT Student Advisor by phone 204-989-6512 or email
  • Learn more about the services and resources Student Services offer on our website

Take a break from watching or reading the news.

Get your news from reliable sources and try not to watch the same stressful stories over and over in the same day. Try not end your day by watching the news before bed.

Personal and arrival information

Please print and complete this form to bring with you on your travels to Canada. Some of this information may be requested of you upon entry to the country.

Study safe at MITT

After your quarantine

After your 14-day self-isolation (quarantine) has passed, if you have no symptoms, you may now attend your classes at MITT campuses, leave your home, and begin to explore MITT campuses and meet your classmates and instructors.  

Continue to follow and respect Manitoba Health regulations and directives, including physical distancing from other people in public and washing or sanitizing your hands often.

Remember to use proper coughing and sneezing etiquette (into your elbow, not your hand and if using a tissue, dispose of the tissue in a plastic lined garbage container immediately).

Avoid malls, crowded spaces, and sports where physical distancing is difficult.

If you feel sick at any time, stay at home and be sure to tell your instructor immediately. Use the self-assessment tool, follow directions, and seek medical attention or contact public health authorities if, when, and how it recommends.

Don’t forget, your health insurance (guard.me International Insurance) offers remote access to doctors as well as mental health support services. Click here to access them.

MITT social distancing/safety protocols

Visit our page for social distancing and safety protocols

Your declaration as a MITT student

Please print and fill out the declaration form.

MITT Pre-Arrival Help Line, MITT directories, useful links

MITT Pre-Arrival Help Line

Need advice with preparing your arrival? Have questions about your visa or entry to Canada?

Call 1-204-989-7342 (office hours: 8:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, Central Canada Time). MITT’s immigration services advisor will be happy to help! You can also chat with us through our website.

Join MITT weekly webinars for IRCC and MITT updates

Meet MITT’s immigration services advisor, ask questions, meet other students online, andstay connected with MITT.

Weekly drop-in sessions for MITT international students

Have questions on visa, permit, travel or quarantine? Drop-in to ask questions to MITT Immigration Services Advisor. We will also share recent updates regarding immigration and recent border measures. MITT Immigration Services Advisor is conducting one-hour drop-ins via Zoom two days a week. See drop-in dates and hours below.

Updates from MITT regarding COVID-19

News and updates on COVID-19 from  the registrar’s office

Frequently Asked Visa Questions regarding COVID-19

MITT directories

Please visit our Contact us page

Government websites

Mental health support websites

Emergency contact details

  • In the event of an emergency, including medical emergency, call 911.
  • To speak to a nurse over the phone to assess a non-emergency medical situation, contact Health Links / Info Santé – 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257
  • For crisis support, consider the following options:

Canada Emergency Response Benefit for international students

Grocery and living necessities delivery services

Meal delivery services

* Please note, MITT does not endorse nor are we responsible for the services provided by any of the private companies that are listed within the guide—these are provided as examples only.

Contact us today and we will be more than happy to help you with any questions or concerns you have.

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