Travel to Canada

 

Loyalist College campus staff are available to assist international students prior to coming to Canada as we want to make your travel and stay in Canada as easy and enjoyable as possible.  The following information will help you to prepare and plan your travel to Canada. 

Current rules for all travellers entering Canada by air, land, or marine mode:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required
  • Preboard testing isnot required
  • COVID-19 pre-entry and arrival tests are not required
  • Quarantine, after you enter Canada, is not required
  • Using ArriveCAN is not required, but

  • Preboardingtests for cruise passengers arenot required
  • As always, travel documents are required
  • Health checks to board planes and trains are not required
  • Wearing masks on planes and trains is not required

Students are strongly suggestedto check uptodate information fromthe officialwebsitebefore making travel plans.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you shouldn’t travel to Canada.

If you feel sick or experience any symptoms of COVID-19 during your travel to Canada or upon arrival, you should:

  • inform the flight attendant, cruise staff, or a border services officer upon arrival. You may be referred to a Quarantine Officer for a health assessment and further direction.
  • avoid taking public transportation
  • check provincial or territorial requirements for what you need to do if you’re symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19

Entry Requirements: Adjustments for certain travellers entering Canada


 


Are you a Loyalist College in Toronto Student? Please visit the Loyalist College in Toronto – Travel to Canada web page for the most up to date information.


Travel to Canada

Loyalist College students should book flights into the Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario.

The approximately driving distance from airport to Loyalist college campus:

  • Main (Belleville Campus) - 2 hours
  • Port Hope Campus - 1.5 hours
  • Toronto Campus - 30 Minutes on average
  Fall 2024
Arrival Dates (no earlier than)   August 3, 2024
International Orientation Dates to be confirmed
Orientation (college-wide) September 3, 2024
First Day of Classes  September 4, 2024
Last Date to Arrive – Students must be present in class no later than this date   September 17, 2024 – 12 pm EST

It is mandatory that all international students at every campus register their travel in advance of arriving in Canada by completing the online webform regardless of vaccination status.

STEP 1:  Pre-Plan Arriving In Canada:

  • It is recommended that your purchase a refundable ticket in the event you need to adjust your travel plans.
  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has advised that students are only permitted to enter Canada at a maximum of four weeks before their semester.

STEP 2:  Submit the Mandatory Online Travel Registration Form with your Arrival Plans:

Submit your travel plans to Loyalist College using our online webform.  Be sure to complete all required information and attach required documentation to not delay this process.

Travel to Canada Web Form

  • There is a daily limit to the number of entries that can be received. If you are unable to submit, please try the next day.
  • There is no requirement to send an email once your web form is submitted.
  • Once registered, early arrival health insurance will automatically be arranged on behalf of the student.
  • There is no follow-up email after registration as Loyalist College will no longer be providing travel documents for entry to Canada – review section ‘Entering Canada – Be Prepared’

Loyalist College does not provide travel documents for entry to Canada. 

The mandatory annual health insurance arranged with tuition is not in effect until first day of the month for your semester intake (eg:  September 1, January 1 or May 1). Regardless of vaccination status, new students planning to arrive before their semester intake date will be required to purchase Canadian health insurance at the daily rate of $1.65 for each day from the day the individual arrives in Canada until the policy is in effect.

This insurance will automatically be arranged and registered on your behalf and charges will be added to your Loyalist College student account.  There are no additional steps required from students.

Medical care in Canada is very expensive in the event of an emergency, an accident, or if you become ill. Having this daily insurance policy until your annual policy is in effect will be a fraction of the cost compared to a medical bill from a Canadian hospital for medical attention during a global pandemic.

Students who do not register their travel with Loyalist College and choose to arrive before the mandatory annual health insurance policy is in effect, will not have coverage.  Students will be completely responsible for the total cost of any medical care required in Canada. 

It is important to check with the airline to ensure you understand baggage allowances and item restrictions.  Electrical currents in Canada are different from most other countries, so it may be better to purchase electronic appliances within Canada.

The following is a suggested list only.  Some items you may prefer to purchase upon arrival in Canada due to size and weight.

  • Pillows, bedding, towels, etc.
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Clothing for Canadian weather, which can vary from below zero to 100 degrees depending on the season
  • Informal clothing for class – both men and women wear slacks, blue jeans, sweatpants, etc.
  • More formal clothing just in case – dress or skirt for women, shirt and tie or suit for men
  • National dress, instruments, or other traditional material for international activities
  • Outdoor clothing such as light/heavy coats, rainwear, umbrella, hat, scarf and gloves
  • Pictures of family or other things you love from home, for comfort and encouragement
  • Medicine until you become familiar with what is available in Canada or for pre-existing conditions
  • Prescription, doctor’s instructions or medicine with English translation, if necessary
  • Record of immunization and medical records * see below
  • Favourite spices or any non-perishable foods
  • Laptop for your program (Loyalist College does not provide laptops)
  • Canadian currency to cover immediate costs such as rent, textbooks or groceries (we recommend at least $800 CAD) * see below
  • Credit Card – for emergencies and unexpected costs

For a complete list of what you can and cannot bring into Canada, please refer to www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Immunizations: 

Some programs as part of the admissions requirements and to meet legislation for placement in various community facilities, require the submission of the Loyalist College Immunization Record.  This must be completed and returned directly to the Health Centre.  It is advisable for all international students to bring proof of immunization and medical records to Canada regardless of whether it is a requirement of your program.

Currency: 

When you arrive in Canada, try to have at least $400 – $800 (CAD or USD) in cash. A currency exchange service is usually available at the Toronto airport from 5 am - 10 pm. We also recommend that you carry enough travellers’ cheques or bank drafts to cover at least your first month’s expenses, as there will be extra costs in the first month (such as rental, damage deposits and books) and this can amount to $1,000 – $2,000 CAD for a single student. Do not depend on bank cards etc. as your only source of cash. Sometimes banks will put a hold on funds for a few weeks; it is very important that you can access money for your rent and living expenses right away.

Students are not required to use ArriveCAN or submit vaccination details as of October 1, 2022 however, if a student is flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport it is recommended to still use the ArriveCAN customs and immigration feature to save time upon arrival.

Document Checklist:

  • Valid Letter of Acceptance (LOA)
  • Proof of Tuition Payment
  • Valid Passport and Letter of Introduction (study permit authorization)
  • Semester Schedule (if available)
  • Letters of Reference or any other documents the visa office told you to bring (not required if you were not instructed)
  • GIC Proof – confirming living expenses (only applicable to SDS applicants)
  • No criminal or immigration-related convictions
  • Valid Immigration Medical Exam results
  • myLoyalist portal login credentials – you may be requested to log in at the Departure & Canada's Airport
  • Address of where you will be staying in Canada
  • Airport pickup details

We recommended that you print each item above for entry to Canada and have each available in your carry-on bag. You can monitor updates on the Information for International Students web page.

Loyalist College will no longer be providing travel documents for entry to Canada. 

The cost of living in Canada can be very different than your home country and budget planning should be completed in advance of arriving in Canada.  As part of the immigration process, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have sufficient funds to study in Canada and a plan.  There are employment opportunities but there is not a guarantee that you will secure work as soon as arriving.

A budget is a plan that helps students manage their money. It will help students figure out how much money they will get and spend during studies in Belleville. Expenses vary for each student as they depend on personal preference.

Expenses

Estimated Cost (CAD) Per Semester

Rent

$1600-$4800
Utilities (water, hydro, heat, internet) $400-$1000
Cell Phone $200-$400
Food $800-$1600
Bus Pass $280
Miscellaneous $400-$1200
Textbooks & other study materials not included in tuition cost $400-$600
Total range per semester $4080-$9880

For students who are planning to bring dependants with them to Canada, it is student’s responsibility to make all appropriate arrangements for their arrival and settlement in Canada.  It is best that students have a plan for their dependants before arriving in Canada and before beginning their program as there is NO available daycare on campus, nor can children be left unattended on campus. 

Additional planning would include:

  • Larger accommodations for families
  • Extra family living expenses and cost of living in Ontario
  • Dependent health insurance (Loyalist College only arranges insurance for students but can advise on how to purchase dependent insurance in Canada as medical care is very expensive
  • Information regarding daycare and local school boards
  • Understanding Canadian laws related to: child car seat safety, legal age for leaving children unsupervised etc.

Students bringing dependants should contact our International Centre to arrange a virtual discussion in advance of arriving in Canada. To arrange an appointment, please email: international@loyalistcollege.com

The weather in Canada, especially in Ontario, can change quickly. It is highly recommended to check the weather forecast prior to departure from your home country, so you are dressed appropriately. There are a number of apps that you can get for your smart phone or you can visit The Weather Network for more information.

Season Average Temperature Climate Clothing

Winter

(December to Late March)

-20℃ - 0℃ Cold days; snow, ice, freezing rain Warm winter coats, boots, scarf, hat, gloves, sweaters, wool socks, thick pants, more than one shirt (layers).

Spring

(Late March to late June)

0℃ - 10℃ Humid days; rain Umbrella, raincoat/jacket, light sweaters, pants, warm shoes, layers

Summer

(Late June to late September)

15℃ - 30℃ Hot sunny days; sometimes rain and thunderstorms T-shirt, shorts, sandals, light clothing

Fall

(Late September to late December)

-5℃ - 15℃ Cool days; some rain and wet snow Umbrella, raincoat/jacket, sweater, shoes, pants, warm socks

 

FAQ: International Students

Please check the FAQ: International Students : Loyalist College/ for other common inquiries:

  • Admissions
  • Registration
  • Payment
  • MyLoyalist portal
  • Class schedule
  • Important dates

Belleville Campus

We recommend students complete this interactive module to support planning and arrival in Canada.

Click the link below for a quick and interactive module to assist you in planning your travel to Canada and attending Loyalist College. 

Pre-Arrival Module

IMPORTANT DATES

Belleville Campus

Staff Office Hours

Monday to Friday – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST. The office is closed on weekends and statutory holidays.

August 27, 28 & 29

International Orientation

September 3, 2024

Orientation – College-wide

September 4, 2024

First day of class – all students

September 17, 2024

Deadline:  Students are required to be present in class on or before this date – 12 pm EST

Deadline:  Program withdrawals with refund of fees

GNED portal closes

If you have questions about traveling and transitioning to Canada, we encourage you to attend a live Pre-Departure Arrival Information Session:

Dates: Every Wednesday from June 12 to August 21, 2024
Time: 10 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87172361889?pwd=ALQrm8y5SjmvRzl7IqZ4rSwmVcw1lF.1
Meeting ID: 871 7236 1889
Passcode: 8cW6V8

Our Pre-Arrival Session on July 31 will host a special guest from our Residence team who will be available to chat about housing options on and off campus, the process to apply and answer your questions to help you prepare and plan for housing in Canada.

Come join our International Orientation at Loyalist College in Belleville this Fall. Tailored exclusively for new international students like you! Discover everything you need to know about studying at Loyalist College and embracing life in Canada. Enjoy refreshments, win exciting prizes, and gather vital information to excel this semester! Reserve your spot now for either the in-person or virtual session that suits you best by filling out the registration form below. With three options available, ensure you secure your preferred date and time. We look forward to welcoming you!

Dates: August 27, 28 & 29
Location: Link Lounge
Time: TBA


If you have further questions, please email international@loyalistcollege.com or attend our weekly Pre-Departure sessions.

Loyalist College On-Campus Residence

Fall 2024 Residence application is open. Students are required to apply directly to the Residence through the myLoyalist portal for an available room assignment on campus. To apply to Residence, a non-refundable $50 application fee is required to be paid and the application is to be completed online. Information on how to apply can be found here: Apply to Residence: Loyalist College

The Residence Move-In Day is scheduled for Sunday, September 1, 2024.  An earlier move in date will NOT be possible.

Please email residence@loyalistcollege.com or visit the Frequently Asked Questions section on myRez on your student portal for more information.

Learn more about our housing options here:

Housing Options

We understand that having a comfortable place to live while attending Loyalist College is important however finding a place of your own for the first time can be a challenge. Students are able to explore and arrange their own Housing Options independent of Loyalist College.

Temporary Housing: Upon arrival in Canada, accommodations can be arranged in advance for students to stay at a local hotel for three days at no charge as they navigate the community looking for longer-term accommodations.

Rooms within the hotel are shared with other Loyalist College students of the same gender for three nights only. Additional nights at a hotel can be arranged if required but the cost of each night will be the responsibility of the student. The College will not pay for hotel rooms beyond the free three nights.

To request your three-day stay in a local hotel, please email: international@loyalistcollege.com

Please note:  a minimum of 72 hours notice is required for staff to make necessary arrangements for the three day stay.  Staff do not work on weekends and cannot respond to last minute requests for hotel stays. 

Please note: students should plan to arrive as close to the college start (September 3, 2024) as possible to avoid additional expenses to live in Canada. The cost of a lower flight will not compensate for the cost of living in the hotel at your own expense after the three day free hotel stay as you secure long housing. 

AIRPORT PICKUP - Belleville Campus:

For Airport Pickup, staff need at least five business days' notice during working hours to make the necessary arrangements prior to your travels to Canada.

If you require this service, please fill out the online webform with all the required arrival information. Staff will make the necessary arrangements and once confirmed, you will receive an email with all of the details regarding airport pickup to print and bring with you during your travels. The driver will be provided with your phone number to contact you directly at the airport to ensure connection. 

Airport Pickup to Belleville - $150.00 CAD:

Airport pickup is available direct from Toronto airport to Belleville for this special rate. This service allows for two pieces of luggage only – any additional luggage would need to be confirmed in advance and each bag would be an additional $30 CAD.

Please note: A cancellation fee may apply for later arrivals/cancellations.

All service/extra fees for Airport Pickup will be added to your Loyalist College student account for payment after arrival.

The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number required to work in Canada. For general information about the SIN and how to apply, go to Social Insurance Number.

Service Canada will be on campus at Loyalist College in Belleville to issue Social Insurance Numbers to new students.

Service will be offered first-come-first-serve for students with documents below. Photocopy or electronic version will not be accepted.

  • Original work permit / study permit that states “may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada
  • Original passport

For general information about the SIN and to learn how to apply, go to Social Insurance Number. To find the address of the Service Canada Centre in Belleville, go to Service Canada Office.

Port Hope Campus

Orientation details will be posted leading up to the start of the Fall semester! Stay tuned and monitor your Loyalist College email. 

We are working hard to get the campus ready for you! It is recommended that you plan to travel to Canada as close to the start of your semester as possible to avoid any additional living expenses in Canada.

If you have questions about traveling and transitioning to Canada, we encourage you to attend a live Pre-Departure Arrival Information Session:

Dates: Every Thursday until August 21, 2024
Time: 10 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Zoom Link: CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 899 3995 1341
Passcode: 3m522c

Our Pre-Arrival Session on August 1 will host a special guest from our Residence team who will be available to chat about housing options on and off campus, the process to apply and answer your questions to help you prepare and plan for housing in Canada.

We recommend students complete this interactive module to support planning and arrival in Canada.

Click the link below for a quick and interactive module to assist you in planning your travel to Canada and attending Loyalist College. 

Pre-Arrival Module

IMPORTANT DATES

Fall 2024

Staff Office Hours

Monday to Friday – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST. The office is closed on weekends and statutory holidays.

TBC

International Orientation

September 3, 2024

Orientation – College-wide

September 4, 2024

First day of class – all students

September 17, 2024

Deadline:  Students are required to be present in class on or before this date – 12 pm EST

Deadline:  Program withdrawals with refund of fees

GNED portal closes

 

Please keep in mind that staff will need at least five business days' notice to make the necessary pick-up arrangements prior to your arrival in Canada.

If you require airport pick-up, please fill out the online webform with all the required arrival information at least five business days before your arrival date. Staff will make the necessary arrangements and once confirmed, you will receive an email with all of the details regarding airport pickup to print and bring with you during your travels. The driver will be provided with your phone number to contact you directly at the airport to ensure connection. Service fees will be added to your Loyalist College student account for payment after arrival.

Airport Pickup to Port Hope - $150.00 CAD:

Airport pickup is available direct from Toronto airport to Port Hope for this special rate. This service allows for two pieces of luggage only – any additional luggage would need to confirm in advance and each bag would be an additional $30 CAD.

Please note: a cancellation fee will apply for late cancellations; the service fee will be automatically added to your student account at Loyalist College (based on address in Port Hope).

For general information about the SIN and to learn how to apply, go to Social Insurance Number.

If you have any questions regarding your transition to Canada, please contact the International Centre by emailing international@loyalistcollege.com