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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: Moderna, Pfizer-BionNTech, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, Sinopharm (Beijing) or Bharat Biotech. 

Further, all vaccinated travelers entering Canada are subject to random COVID-19 testing upon arrival, and if tested, will be required to quarantine for three days, or until that test comes back negative.   

Vaccinated students traveling to Laurier must purchase a custom backup quarantine letter from our partners in the Study Safe Corridor for $100. 

Any backup letters sent previously from Laurier staff (Staq or Laurier International) are no longer valid. 

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.   

We have partnered with Languages Canada’s “Study Safe Corridor” to provide students a seamless registration experience and flexibility to quarantine in accordance with changing government requirements. 

Vaccinated students: Please select the "backup plan" option. 

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students under 18: Please select the "14-day quarantine" option.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students over 18 will not be allowed to enter Canada after January 15.


The STAQ Program has partnered with Languages Canada - Study Safe Corridor and is accepting students now. Make sure you understand the information provided on the STAQ Program page fully before you register.


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 on how to show you meet the IRCC regulations and how you will meet the 14-day quarantine requirement.


We understand that the added cost associated with quarantine can be prohibitive to students who have already budgeted for their studies. The cost of the 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.  

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