COVID ALERT: IMPORTANT HOLIDAY TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

This article was published on: December 7th, 2020

Students who travel out of country will be required to quarantine for 14 days before being allowed back on campus …  

Students who plan to travel anywhere are asked to self-quarantine 10-14 days before leaving to protect others … continue reading for more details.

As the holiday season approaches, many students may be considering travel options during the College break from December 19 to January 10. Public Health and the Province of Ontario have made several recommendations regarding holiday travel. Here is what students need to know before making their holiday plans.

The Government of Ontario is recommending that students who are living away from home and are planning to visit their families over the holidays should consider doing a self-quarantine, or drastically reducing close contact with others, 10 to 14 days before returning home for the holidays to help lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Individuals who are unable to reduce close contact with others before returning home, should limit their close contact with others, especially seniors and individuals who are immuno-compromised or have underlying medical conditions.

Travel within Ontario

Those in higher transmission areas should avoid non-essential travel to lower transmission areas (e.g., from Red to Orange). The Niagara region is currently in an Orange zone. Find out what level and which regional public measures are in place for the area you will be travelling to here.

Inter provincial travel

Those who consider travelling to another province for essential reasons during the holidays should consider the risk associated with travelling. This includes COVID-19 transmission and entry requirements (quarantine) in other provinces. They should also self-quarantine, or drastically reduce close contact with others 10 to 14 days before travelling and after returning home. This will help lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

General (Ontario) public health advice, as well as any rules and regulations of the other province, should be followed.

International travel

Guidelines from Public Health and the government note that individuals and families should refrain from travelling internationally over the holiday period. Those who do travel must meet legal quarantine requirements upon their return to Canada (even those who do not have symptoms).

Students who travel out of country must complete a 14-day quarantine prior to being permitted on campus for Winter term. Students with on-campus/hybrid programming must arrive back in Canada by December 26 to ensure that their 14-day quarantine period is completed in time to return to campus on January 11.

All international students entering Canada or returning to Canada are required to complete a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival back to Canada and are required to register this quarantine plan with Niagara College. When international students arrive back to Canada, they are responsible for providing an updated quarantine plan, which meets all the requirements under the Government of Canada’s Quarantine Act.

For more information on quarantine requirements for international students, visit international.niagaracollege.ca/niagara-colleges-quarantine-plan/.

No matter what your plans are for the holiday season, celebrating with your household is the best way to protect yourself and others. The Government of Ontario recommends to only have close contact with people you live with (even when celebrating occasions you normally would with others) or, for those who live alone, to consider exclusively celebrating with one additional household.

View the full news release on how to celebrate the holidays safely, including travel guidelines, at news.ontario.ca/en/release/59338/celebrate-the-holiday-season-safely.