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International Student Arrival and Quarantine Information: Spring 2021

Welcome to Red River College! We are happy to welcome students from around the world to Red River College.

If your program is not accessible from overseas, you should then plan to travel to Canada using the information provided below.

If you are having difficulties, please contact us at iesupport@rrc.ca.

We are ready to support your success in your Red River College program!

Information for International Students Travelling to Winnipeg

After reading the above information, if you decide to travel to Winnipeg for your program, you must follow these guidelines:

Quarantine Guidelines

It is your responsibility to follow all quarantine guidelines upon arrival in Canada.

Before traveling, please check information on current travel restrictions and exemptions, documents needed, accommodation information for on-campus and off-campus quarantine, transportation services, and the Government of Canada’s mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements and International Students COVID-19 information.

Note: With the increase in cases of the new COVID-19 variant in Canada, international students are now required to be tested at any of the following point of entries: Montreal (Trudeau), Toronto, Calgary, or Vancouver and are required to book a stay of up to three days at a nearby government approved hotel and take a COVID-19 molecular test, both at their own expense. Should travelers test negative, they can complete the remaining 11 days of their self-quarantine (if quarantined for three days) at their final destination and in accordance with their institution’s COVID-19 readiness plan.

  • Prepare a written plan for your quarantine after arrival in Canada. Refer to IRCC Travel Restriction for detailed requirements.
  • Download the ArriveCAN app to your mobile phone. Enter your personal information up to 48 hours before arriving in Canada, and continue to use it to monitor symptoms for the duration of the quarantine period. This will help speed up your arrival through Immigration Canada at the port of entry.
  • Notify Red River College of your arrival and quarantine by sending email to Norman Umali at numali@rrc.ca. You will receive a questionnaire regarding your travel and quarantine plans, which you must complete and return before travelling.
  • Arrange a COVID-19 (molecular) test 72 hours prior to leaving and get a negative result.
  • Arrive at any of the following point of entries: Montreal (Trudeau), Toronto, Calgary, or Vancouver.
  • Self-quarantine at a nearby government-sponsored hotel for three days and submit to a COVID-19 molecular test.
  • Travellers arriving by land from the USA will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival, or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival. In addition, travellers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine. See the Government of Canada guidelines for driving into Canada.

Upon arrival in Manitoba:

  • Call RRC Health Services at 431-336-8902 to notify of your arrival in Manitoba. Health Services will discuss any further testing as necessary.
  • Remain in quarantine location for remainder of duration of quarantine period, and follow all guidelines given by Health Services.
  • A Red River College nurse will contact you upon your arrival in Winnipeg to review quarantine protocols and complete a virtual nursing assessment. The nurse will also contact twice daily throughout the quarantine period, and on the final day to confirm that your quarantine period has been successful and clear you for entrance into your program.
  • You must also monitor yourself daily for any symptoms of COVID-19. If you experience symptoms, contact the nurse immediately (204-632-2238), available 24 hours a day.
  • If the RRC nurse is unable to contact you, or believes for any reason that you are not conforming to self-quarantine requirements, the College is obligated to report your personal information and circumstances to IRCC, public health and local policing authorities. Failure to comply with a provincial emergency health order under the Public Health Act may result in a warning and/or fine.

Hotel Information

The Study Safe Corridor, offered by Languages Canada, is a safe arrival and quarantine option for students arriving in Canada to study. It offers all-inclusive transportation, hotel, food, and communications support for your safe arrival in Canada. Check out the Study Safe Corridor website for more information.

If you are choosing hotel accommodations on your own, please contact the hotels directly with any questions, or to make a reservation. Ensure that you are staying in a private, self-contained unit, and that you have access to your own private washroom.

The following hotel information is provided for your information only. Red River College does not have a relationship with any of the properties listed below.

Hotel Region Rates Price Airport Transfer WiFi Meal Plan Grand Total French-Speaking Staff Electricity Converters Local Calls Room Calls Flexible Billing Multiple Room Types Suites Kitchenettes Complimentary Breakfast
Alt Hotel Winnipeg Downtown $75 $1,165 Yes Yes $925 $2,090 Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg Downtown $130 $2,134 Yes Yes Included $2,134 Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
The Fort Garry Hotel, Spa & Conference
Centre, Ascend Collection
Downtown $95 $1,559 No Yes $1,270 $2,829 Yes Limited Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Best Western Plus Pembina Inn & Suites South $112 $1,838 Yes Yes $715 $2,554 Yes Limited Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Hyatt House Winnipeg South Outlet
Collection
South $115 $1,888 Yes Yes Included $1,888 Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel St. James District $154 $2,528 Yes Yes Included $2,528 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Hampton Inn by Hilton Winnipeg Airport
Polo Park
St. James
District
$80 $1,313 Yes Yes $537 $1,850 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites St. James District $150 $2,462 Yes Yes Included $2,462 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Sandman Hotel & Suites Winnipeg Airport St. James District $65 $1,078 Yes Yes $700 $1,778 No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre St. James District $65 $1,067 Yes Yes $894 $1,961 Limited No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Limited No
Viscount Gort Hotel, Banquet &
Conference Centre
St. James
District
$68 $1,116 Yes Yes $991 $2,107 Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No

Airbnb

You may also visit Airbnb and select a unit that fits your needs for quarantine. Many of those units provide a contact-less check-in process, which will help you limit your exposure to others, but please make sure you understand the following when choosing Airbnb:

  • All units are individually managed, and the College does not assume any responsibility for damage, loss, or any liability whatsoever.
  • According to Government of Canada regulations, you cannot use public transit (bus or taxi), upon your arrival to get to your Airbnb unit. You must hire private transportation (such as a limousine service) to take you to your destination.

Red River College does not have a business relationship with any property listed above. Please contact them directly and speak with their sales manager if you have any questions, and review their cancellation policy thoroughly. For photos and additional information about these properties, please visit their official website or contact their sales manager.

Personal needs while in quarantine

During the 14-day quarantine, you must not leave the property to comply with quarantine regulations. Review the guidelines for quarantine above.

Please arrange your meal plan and grocery shopping in advance. Many hotels provide a meal plan, at a cost, for people who stay with them for self-quarantine. If you do not want to purchase a meal plan, you may order room service from the restaurant attached to that particular hotel, or order from a delivery service such as Skipthedishes, Doordash or Uber Eats.

Many supermarkets or convenience stores provide online shopping and delivery services. Delivery services in Winnipeg include Canadian eMarket, Save-on Foods, instacart, and Cantor’s. Major stores in Winnipeg include SuperStore, Wal-Mart, Safeway, and 7-11.

Case Management and Outbreak Response

Red River College students should be prepared to follow the process below if they or one of their family members tests positive for COVID-19:

  • A student who is quarantining alone, and who tests positive for COVID-19 during the 14-day quarantine period, will need to self-isolate, unless they require medical attention and/or hospitalization. Please refer to Gallivan (mystudentplan) for eligible expenses. Any student or co-arriving immediate family member who test positive can expect to be contacted by Manitoba public health officials, and will be required to follow all further measures as set out by the public health official, which may include self-isolating beyond the initial 14-day quarantine period.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19 while quarantining with any immediate family members, the student will be separated from the family member and will need to self-isolate, likely beyond the 14-day quarantine period. The family member will need to move to another guestroom and will be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19 during wellness check-ins by a Red River College Nurse. Family members who have been quarantining with a student who tests positive for COVID-19 should expect to be contacted by Manitoba public health officials and will be considered a close contact to this case, and may need to continue to quarantine beyond the 14-day quarantine period.
  • If a co-arriving immediate family member tests positive for COVID-19 while quarantining with a student, the family member will be separated from the student and will need to self-isolate, likely beyond the family member(s) initial 14-day quarantine period. The student will need to move into another guestroom, and will be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19 during wellness check-ins by a Red River College Nurse. The student should expect to be contacted by Manitoba public health officials and will be considered a close contact to the case, and may need to continue to quarantine beyond the initial 14-day quarantine period.
  • Any unanticipated guestroom and meal costs due to the student or family member(s) testing positive for COVID-19 will be the students’ responsibility.
  • Manitoba public health will contact all cases and contacts daily, perform active daily monitoring on cases and contacts for the duration self-isolation, and will advise each case when that requirement ends.

Compliance

  • If you do not follow the 14-day mandatory quarantine under the federal Quarantine Act, you may be subject to fines and penalties established by the Government of Canada and Province of Manitoba.
  • Police can ticket travellers who break quarantine under the Contraventions Act, and charges can be laid against a traveller for breaking quarantine under the Quarantine Act, which can result in penalties of up to $750,000 or up to 6 months in jail, or both.
  • Quarantine breaches may also be reported to the Canadian Border Services Agency.
  • Red River College has created and implemented a COVID-19 policy. Consult our COVID-19 information page for more information.
  • Red River College will notify local authorities if a student violates the quarantine requirements.

Check your understanding

The following information is for new students travelling to Winnipeg. Please review and ensure that you understand each condition on your upcoming study in Canada.

  • All students must follow the Government of Canada’s Quarantine Act and guidelines set by local public health authorities. There are serious consequences and penalties for not complying with the Act.
  • Before travelling, students should register using the ArriveCAN App and complete any necessary provincial Quarantine/Quarantine Plan for presentation at the airport upon arrival in Canada. Get the ArriveCAN app (iOS or Android). You must report your symptoms daily to the federal government through the app.
  • Students must have appropriate medical insurance, effective as of the date of their arrival in Canada, which includes coverage for COVID-19 during the quarantine period.

Questions and Answers

Please review our answers to  frequently asked questions. If you need help as you prepare to start your program, or have a question, please email us at iesupport@rrc.ca.

Stay Safe!

Do not travel when you are ill. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any symptoms of respiratory illness during or after your trip.

Please note that any communication notifying the community regarding COVID-19 outbreaks will be made following the lead of local and provincial public health officials.

Now that you have the important information required for safe travel, we look forward to welcoming you to Winnipeg and your Red River College program. Have a safe journey!

Useful Resources

Federal Government

Canada Border Services Agency

Manitoba Government

Government guidelines may change often, so check back regularly for updates.

College Information

If you would like a copy of Red River College’s Readiness Plan for International Students, please contact Norlan Page at nopage@rrc.ca.