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COVID-19 Pandemic Safe Travel, Arrival and Quarantine (STAQ) Program

Requirements for Vaccinated travelers

International students over the age of 18 entering Canada must be fully vaccinated with one of the Health Canada approved Covid vaccines: 

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222) 
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C) 
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson 
  • Medicago Covifenz (As of April 25, 2022) 
  • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273) 
  • Novavax (NVX-COV2373, Nuvaxovid, Covovax) 
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV) 
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc) 

All vaccinated travelers entering Canada are subject to random COVID-19 testing upon arrival, but will no longer be required to purchase a backup quarantine plan or isolate in a hotel while awaiting the test results. 

STAQ Program Information

The Safe Travel, Arrival and Quarantine (STAQ) program was created to support incoming international students as they navigate Canada’s COVID-19 protocols for entry.   

Fully vaccinated students: No current requirements

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students under 18: Please email and we can assist you with a custom quarantine arrangement. 

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students over 18 are not currently allowed to enter Canada.

Laurier cannot guarantee your entry to Canada. Conditions for entering Canada as a student to study remotely are established by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Approval to enter Canada for the purpose of studying remotely will be determined at the Canadian border by the Canadian Border Security Agency Officer. The STAQ program will provide you with advice & support to meet the government's quarantine entry requirements. 


The cost of the 14 day quarantine program varies, as it is set by the participating hotels, but we are committed to helping offset some of the cost to students entering the program with a one-time $300 COVID-19 bursary that will be credited to your Laurier account after you complete the program.

Pre-Entry Testing Requirements

On April 1, the Government of Canada removed the pre-entry testing requirements. 

Please see the government of Canada website for details and the most up to date information

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