When to Self-Isolate

You need to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days if you:

  • Are returning from travel outside of Canada (mandatory quarantine)
  • Are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, coughing, diarrhea, and/or difficulty breathing
  • Had close contact with someone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19
  • Have been told by public health that you may have been exposed and need to quarantine (self-isolate)

Download Government of Canada's guide for more information.


Email cares@sfu.ca and a representative from the Self-Isolation Support Team will contact you.

Self-isolation means that for 14 days, you need to:

  • Stay at home
  • Avoid contact with other people. If you can’t separate yourself from the people you live with you (e.g. a shared small apartment with roommates, a household with a large family), limit your interactions with others and wear a mask or face covering if a 2m distance cannot be maintained. 
  • Thoroughly and regularly clean common areas.
  • If you are moving into Residence, you will need to self-isolate off-campus. 
  • If you currently live in residence and need to self-isolate, you are required to follow these health and safety guidelines
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms.
  • Take and record your temperature daily and avoid using fever-reducing medication that may mask early symptoms (e.g. Tylenol and Advil).

t-warning If you develop symptoms 

Should you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 during your 14-day quarantine, you must begin isolating for an additional ten days from the date of your positive test result or onset of symptoms. Students living in Residence need to inform the front desk (open 24/7) if they need to self-isolate.

For international and US students travelling to Canada:

  • You’ll be required to monitor for new symptoms or signs of COVID-19 while isolating and take and record your temperature daily. As of November 21, 2020, you will be required to submit this information daily through the ArriveCAN app. 
  • After you arrive in Canada, a representative of the Government of Canada may call you regularly to monitor compliance with your mandatory quarantine or isolation. Incoming calls may be from a variety of numbers. Please ensure that you are available to answer your phone.

You may return to your regular activities if you feel better after ten days, your fever has resolved, AND your other symptoms have improved. Read more about when it’s safe to see others.