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Travel and self-isolation

Travel notices

Refer to the Government of Canada Travel and Tourism for the most up-to-date travel restrictions, exemptions and advice.

Self-isolation requirements

As of Nov. 26, travellers entering New Brunswick are required to self-isolate for 14 days and create a self-isolation plan. This includes travelling from any of the Atlantic provinces and New Brunswick residents returning to New Brunswick.

Create a self-isolation plan

All students arriving or returning to UNB from outside of New Brunswick must have a university-approved self-isolation plan.

If you do not have a UNB-approved self-isolation plan, submit the COVID-19 self-isolation form immediately to begin the process. Each self-isolation plan will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.

COVID-19 self-isolation form

UNB staff will help you to finalize the details of your self-isolation plan. For more information, or if you have already submitted your form but require further assistance with your self-isolation plan, contact selfisolationhelp@unb.ca.

Traveling outside of New Brunswick

If you choose to travel outside of New Brunswick, you are required to:

  • Familiarize yourself with, and follow, the public health guidelines in the province of arrival.
  • Isolate for 14 days upon your return to New Brunswick.
  • Complete the COVID-19 self-isolation plan form.
  • Have an approved UNB self-isolation plan.
  • Self-monitor daily as per New Brunswick Public Health requirements.
  • International travellers will require a COVID-19 test during self-isolation in New Brunswick.

Preparing for travel to New Brunswick

New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health, has provided guidelines for students and parents entering New Brunswick, which includes information on border measures, campus residence guidelines, COVID testing and self-isolation requirements. As of Jan. 23, 2021, flights are temporarily suspended to Fredericton and Saint John. Until further notice, domestic and international flights will arrive in Moncton only.

If you're entering New Brunswick, you must:

  1. Prepare the required documents that may be requested at a New Brunswick point of entry
  2. Register your travel ahead of entering New Brunswick to help avoid travel delays
  3. Complete the COVID-19 self-isolation plan form.
  4. Contact selfisolationhelp@unb.ca if you require assistance creating your self-isolation plan.

International travellers

Anyone coming to New Brunswick from outside Canada must follow any directives from the Government of Canada including orders under the federal Quarantine Act. All travellers entering Canada must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.

  • Effective Feb. 22, 2021, all travellers, whether arriving by land or air, are required to submit your travel plans, personal contact information and self-isolations plan electronically through ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight to Canada.

Air travel

  • All air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.
  • The Federal Government of Canada requires all people travelling by air to self-isolate for a mandatory three nights at a government-authorized hotel at your own cost. You will be able to pre-book your stay at a government-authorized hotel beginning Feb. 18.
  • Effective Feb. 22, air travellers are required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when you arrive in Canada before exiting the airport.

Land travel

  • All travellers entering Canada through a land border are required to show a 72-hour PCR test, just like air travellers. Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the border agent.
  • Travellers driving to Canada may proceed directly to your suitable place of self-isolation as indicated in your self-isolation pan.
  • Effective Feb. 22, land travellers are required to take a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival in Canada.

Self-isolation

  • Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine. Upon entering New Brunswick, you must follow New Brunswick Public Health requirements, including self-isolating for 14 days and receiving a COVID-19 test while in self-isolation. You will be required to stay in your place of self-isolation until you receive a negative test result.
  • If you begin to show symptoms during your quarantine, are your exposed to another person with symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19, you must begin an additional 14 days of isolation.

Entry into Canada falls under federal jurisdiction and any inquiries should be made to the Government of Canada.

Learn more about immigration to New Brunswick and studying at UNB.

ArriveCAN app

All travellers are required to provide contact and quarantine information upon and after entry into Canada. ArriveCAN is available to download as a mobile app or you can create an account and sign in online.

Download the ArriveCAN app (iOS, Android, or web format) speed up your arrival process in Canada and spend less time with border and public health officers. ArriveCAN allows you to submit your information easily and securely via the app within a 48 hours window before arriving in Canada. The app helps you to provide mandatory information that is required for entry into Canada, avoid lineups and reduce points of contact at the border and provide updates on your quarantine compliance and the development of any symptoms during the 14 days after arriving in Canada.

Learn more about the ArriveCAN app.

About self-isolation

Self-isolation is an important requirement in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Self-isolation means to stay at home, monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days, avoid physical contact with others and follow local public health authority advice.

  • New Brunswick Health strongly recommends students arriving in New Brunswick from within Canada to self-isolate separately from others for 14 days, this includes students who leave the province for the holiday season and return to UNB to continue their studies.
  • Students arriving in New Brunswick from outside of Canada are required to self-isolate independently in single accommodations as mandated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

During your approved self-isolation period you will be contacted daily using a combination of phone or electronic messages to assess your wellbeing and if you have developed any COVID-19 symptoms. It is very important that you respond to these phone calls or email.

You may receive unscheduled visits or calls from government officials to ensure individuals are adhering to the self-isolation requirements.

Learn more about health measures and guidance outlined by New Brunswick Public Health (PDF).

Learn more about NB travel requirements (PDF).

Creating a self-isolation plan

A well-designed self-isolation plan will ensure your isolation period is as comfortable and hassle free as possible. Email selfisolationhelp@unb.ca for assistance creating your self-isolation plan.

A self-isolation plan should include the following details:

  • The dates you will be self-isolating.
  • The address where you will be isolating.
  • How you plan to travel safely to your new home in New Brunswick, including transit from the airport if required.
  • How you will order and receive food and supplies while you are in isolation.
  • Include an active contact phone number during your isolation period so health authorities may reach you if required.
  • Ensure UNB has your isolation address and valid contact information to provide you with updated information and support.
  • What you will do if you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19 after you arrive in New Brunswick. 

Living accommodations

UNB residences

UNB is working directly with students to ensure that those arriving from outside of New Brunswick can safely self-isolate for 14 days in residence and that all students are able to move into their residence accommodation safely and in compliance with all COVID-related guidelines. Contact the UNB Fredericton Residence Life (resadmin@unb.ca) or UNB Saint John Residence Services (res@unb.ca) for assistance.

Off-campus living

Whether students live on or off-campus, the UNB community will support UNB students. The UNB Off-Campus Housing Office is available to liaise with students who require off-campus housing.

How are you travelling to New Brunswick?

Consult this quick reference guide to understand your self-isolation and monitoring responsibilities.

You must:

  • Have a UNB-approved isolation plan
  • Test negative for COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to Canada
  • Isolate for 14 days on arrival in NB
  • Take a COVID-19 test at day 9 to 11 in N.B.
  • Have a UNB isolation plan
  • Self-monitor daily as per Public Health guidelines

You must:

  • Have a UNB-approved isolation plan
  • Test negative for COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to Canada
  • Isolate in province of arrival
  • Isolate for 14 days on arrival in NB
  • Have a UNB isolation plan
  • Self-monitor daily as per Public Health guidelines

  • Isolate for 14 days on arrival in NB
  • Have a UNB isolation plan
  • Self-monitor daily as per Public Health guidelines

Students arriving from elsewhere within New Brunswick do not need to self-isolate.


  • Isolate for 14 days on arrival in NB
  • New Brunswick Public Health will provide guidance and direction