CHN Safe Arrival


1. “Fully vaccinated” travellers

As of July 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm EDT, “fully vaccinated” travellers who are currently permitted to travel to Canada will be eligible for some quarantine and testing exemptions if they meet specific criteria. To be eligible, students must:

  • Meet the pre-entry and on-arrival testing requirements (see below);
  • Be asymptomatic;
  • Submit all required COVID-19 information electronically into ArriveCAN app prior to travel to Canada;
  • Have a paper or digital copy of proof of vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to travel to Canada;
  • Have a suitable quarantine plan.

The Government of Canada vaccines that are currently acceptable for “fully vaccinated” status are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

As of August 9, 2021, “fully vaccinated” travellers will be instructed to take an arrival test at the border, or receive a home test kit. Travellers are encouraged to register in advance to proceed through testing more quickly.

“Fully vaccinated” travellers who meet the requirements will be exempt from quarantine; however, all travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements.

2. All other travellers

Travellers arriving to Canada by air will be required to take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period.

Travellers are encouraged to register in advance to proceed through testing more quickly.

As of February 15, 2021, travellers arriving to Canada by land, with some exceptions, will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival, or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival. In addition, as of February 22, 2021, travellers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine.

As of August 9, 2021 at 12:01 am EDT, the three-night government authorized hotel stay requirement has been eliminated for all travellers arriving by air.

These new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travellers.


The current travel restrictions and quarantine requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic have required CHN to consider options for students to quarantine (self-isolate) on arrival. The below steps outline expectations of students throughout their journey – from before students leave, while they are en route, on arrival, and guidelines for quarantine (if applicable).

Remember, facts, not fear will stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Share facts and accurate information about the disease
  • Challenge myths and stereotypes
  • Choose words carefully. The way we communicate can affect the attitudes of others

For more information about preventing and addressing the social stigma of COVID-19, download this World Health Organization guide.

Read, sign & send the CHN Safe Arrival Protocol

CHN’s first priority is the health and safety of our students and host families. We are also obligated to follow the regulations and recommendations of various authorities, including the government of Canada, provincial and local public health authorities.

Please read CHN’s Safe Arrival Protocol (button to download is at the end of this section) carefully, then sign and send the Student and Natural Parent Declaration (starting on Page 7) to your Relationship Manager or Please note that the Declaration on Departure (on the last page) must be e-mailed to us on the morning of departure.

CHN’s Safe Arrival Protocol includes important information about:

  • Government rules and expectations
  • Pre-departure planning
  • Quarantine / Self-Isolation options on arrival (including costs)

Additionally, the Safe Arrival Protocol forms the basis for student Self-Isolation Plans required to satisfy current Canadian government travel restrictions concerning COVID-19 and 14-day quarantine rules.

Before you depart for Canada

Currently, all international students must complete, before their arrival in Canada:

1. All travellers must have a Self-Isolation Plan to satisfy current Canadian government travel restrictions concerning COVID-19, which require travelers arriving in Canada to quarantine for 14 days (the above CHN Safe Arrival Protocol will form the basis for this plan).

2. All travellers must download and complete the Canadian government’s ArriveCAN application for approval prior to their arrival on a paper form, web-based form or using an electronic App (available for iPhone and Android).

3. If the student is studying in Alberta, they must complete, send and print the MANDATORY Self-Isolation Plan in advance:

4. On the morning of departure to Canada, all travellers must answer the questions in the CHN Safe Arrival Declaration on Departure (please see the last section of the above-noted “Safe Arrival Protocol” doc), sign and send it to their CHN Relationship Manager or

Frequently Asked Questions

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What if a student, host or anyone else in the homestay household shows symptoms of COVID-19?

Please follow instructions from the Public Health Agency of Canada: and inform your Relationship Manager of the outcome so we can assist in any way we can.

If you cannot reach your Relationship Manager, please call our emergency line at 1-877-441-4443 ext. 1.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact your Relationship Manager or email