Campus updates

Return to campus

Updated July 22, 2021

  • Visit the Government of New Brunswick COVID-19 website for the latest provincial updates, information for travellers, and vaccination information.
     
  • The Province of New Brunswick has a "Path to Green" plan in place that will see a gradual loosening of restrictions until the mandatory order is lifted and all restrictions are eliminated.
     
  • Masks are currently required in public spaces and physical distancing should be maintained.
     
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, testing is available in Sackville at the Civic Centre by appointment and test results are often confirmed within 24 hours. You can register to be tested online.

Further updates on our return to campus in the fall will be available in the coming weeks.

Information for international students

Updated July 22, 2021

International students traveling to Canada to begin or continue their studies are considered essential travellers and are permitted entry to Canada for Fall 2021.

Please review the information below which gives further details on how to plan for your Fall 2021 travels depending on your vaccination status.

Please note that this information is accurate as of the date of posting. You should always refer to the Government of Canada website directly for the most up-to-date information: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/entering-canada-checklist


The Government of Canada announced additional easing of border measures for fully vaccinated travellers on July 19, 2021. 

Canada continues to ease travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for eligible international travellers.  

Beginning Aug. 9, the following changes go into effect:

  • Upon arrival in Canada: the three-night quarantine at a government-authorized hotel will no longer be required. For travel on/after Aug. 9, you will be able to arrange connecting flights through to your final destination (e.g. YQM – Moncton).  Also, fully vaccinated travellers will also no longer be required to take a COVID test taken upon arrival in Canada (unless randomly selected to do so).
  • Upon arrival at your final destination: fully-vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to quarantine upon arrival at their final destination. You will still need to prepare a self-isolation (quarantine) plan in case a Canadian immigration official deems it necessary for you to self-isolate, but this is for precautionary reasons only. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will still have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival at your final destination.
  • Additional airport choices: airports in Halifax, Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Edmonton will once again begin receiving international flights.
  • Residents of the United States: American citizens and permanent residents who currently live in the United States AND who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to enter Canada for non-essential travel.

Fully-vaccinated means:

  • You have received two doses of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (e.g. Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZenaca, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson)
  • You have received your second dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
  • You have uploaded proof of your vaccination to the ArriveCAN app
  • You have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your scheduled departure to Canada.

If you anticipate being fully vaccinated prior to travel to Canada: 

  • First-year students in residence – you can now plan to arrive at Mount Allison and move into residence on Aug. 29 for the start of International Orientation.    
  • First-year students living off-campus – you can now plan to arrive in Sackville on/by Aug. 29 for the start of International Orientation.
  • Returning students in residence – you can now plan to arrive at Mount Allison and move into residence on Sept. 6 or 7.
  • Returning students living off-campus – You now have more flexibility with your travel plans. Ideally, you should aim to arrive after the government changes go into effect on Aug. 9 but before the start of classes on Sept. 8.

If you DO NOT anticipate being fully vaccinated prior to travel to Canada:

  • New and returning residence students – you should still plan to arrive at Mount Allison and move into residence on Aug. 13 or 14.
  • New off-campus students – you should still plan to arrive in Canada on/before Aug. 13-14 (but after Aug. 9) so that you can finish your self-isolation (quarantine) before International Orientation begins on Aug. 29.
  • Returning off-campus students – you should still plan to arrive in Canada on/before Aug. 23-24 (but after Aug. 9) so that you can finish your self-isolation (quarantine) before classes begin on Sept. 8.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR RESIDENCE STUDENTS

Now that the Government of Canada has eliminated the three-night hotel quarantine requirement (for international arrivals on/after Aug. 9), it will be possible to book travel directly to your final destination (e.g. Moncton – YQM).  

If possible, please try to adjust your travel plans so that you are flying directly to Moncton and arriving at Mount Allison on:

  • Aug. 13-14 (students who do not expect to be fully vaccinated and will need to self-isolate)
  • Aug. 29 (new students who expect to be fully vaccinated and will not need to self-isolate)
  • Sept. 6-7 (returning students who expect to be fully vaccinated and will not need to self-isolate).

If you are unable to change your travel plans, rest assured we will still be able to accommodate your early arrival in residence. Please contact the Housing Office (housing@mta.ca) directly with any questions or concerns about your arrival details.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL STUDENTS

Register your travel details and arrival plans with Mount Allison through the International Arrival Registration Form. The form will close on Aug. 7.

Once we receive your travel details, we will issue you a travel letter confirming your arrival details (please allow 3-5 business days for processing). We will also be providing airport pick-up service on various dates throughout the early arrival and Orientation period, but you first need to complete the form with your arrival details.

Useful Government of Canada links

Residence move-in days and start of classes

The University has established key dates to assist you with your planning for Fall 2021.

These dates are meant to provide a framework for residence and off-campus students arriving at Mount Allison in Fall 2021.

Keep in mind these dates are based on current assumptions and are subject to change to accommodate the Public Health and travel restrictions at the time.

We will continue to monitor in-country/regional travel restrictions and will keep you updated on any changes to these dates. We recommend you wait until at least mid-June before booking travel arrangements.

At the moment, we are working on the assumption that students living in Canada will not be required to self-isolate and international and Canadian students arriving from outside of Canada will be required to self-isolate. The self-isolation period is currently set at 14 days. Airport pickups will be offered to students arriving in Moncton.

FOR RESIDENCE MOVE-IN DAYS: visit moving into residence.

The first day of classes is Wednesday, Sept. 8. Students who are living off campus should plan their arrival dates accordingly.