Students on campus

Planning your quarantine

This page provides guidance to uOttawa students who need to quarantine when travelling to Canada.

Quarantine rules

Foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine to be allowed to travel to Canada.  Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine.  International students under 18 years old who are not fully vaccinated may be permitted to travel to Canada but must quarantine.

The details of the quarantine rules, how they are applied and who is exempt may change without notice.  We recommend that you start planning your quarantine by reading the latest information directly from the Government of Canada.  If you have questions after reading the website, contact us at [email protected] and our quarantine support team will be happy to assist you.

Please take the time to plan your quarantine diligently as your well-being and the well-being of our community is important to all of us. 

Note that the final decision on whether your self-isolation plan is adequate rests with the border services agent and public health authorities when you enter Canada. 

The Governments of Canada and Ontario in coordination with Ottawa Public Health have placed special requirements on institutions receiving international students from abroad.  Following the directions below will help you and the University comply with the latest quarantine requirements and recommendations. 

Your quarantine

Additional resources

Here are some options to consider if you do not already have a place to self-isolate. We advise you to inform your host of your intention to self-isolate before you book as the host needs to be part of developing your quarantine plan: 

  • AirBnB 
  • Kijiji Short term rental opportunities are often posted here. 

If you are looking for more permanent off-campus housing, the uOttawa Off-Campus Housing team can support you.  

Here are some options in Ottawa for having food delivered to your self-isolation location: 

You can also do a web search for restaurants or grocery stores near where you will stay to see if they deliver. 

Contact us


Tabaret Hall, Room M386
550 Cumberland Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

Tel: 613-562-5847
Fax: 613-562-5100
Email: [email protected]

Hours of operation

September 1 to May 31: 
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 1 to August 31:
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please note that the University of Ottawa offices are closed during statutory holidays and during the winter break. Visit the Important academic dates and deadlines page for more information.