As $2,000 quarantine fee takes hold, Queen’s promises financial assistance

Students can apply for reimbursement through QUIC

The University said the QUIC would work with students to rebate them for any fees incurred through quarantine.

After the new implementation of a $2,000 quarantine fee, Queen’s is promising assistance to international students entering Canada.

According to the University, international students arriving in Canada can fill out an arrival form that allows staff  at the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) to work with students arriving in Canada and assist with their return. The University said the QUIC would work with students to rebate them for any fees incurred through quarantine.

“International students who are seeking to arrive in Canada are asked to fill out an international arrivals form – this enables Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) staff to work with students arriving from international  locations on a case by case basis to discuss travel regulations and financial assistance needs related to quarantine  requirements and mandatory hotel stay, and we work to find solutions that best meet their individual needs,” the  University wrote in a statement to The Journal.

The Canadian government imposed a mandatory $2,000 quarantine fee on Feb. 22  for individuals entering  Canada. Though the University did not state explicitly whether it would supplement the full slate of the $2,000  required of those entering Canada, the University  maintained  students  are  welcome  to  contact  the QUIC with any questions.

“The  University is constantly monitoring and working with government to understand any changes in travel  restrictions. Students with questions are invited to contact QUIC to help them with any questions related to travel  to or from Canada,” the University said.

“Many students have received financial  assistance for their quarantine plans and all have been fully  supported  for  the  duration  of  their 14-day quarantine period.”

According to Syeda Nowskin Nower Aurthy, there’s a waiting list to be reimbursed for expenses incurred from  quarantining upon arrival in Canada. Aurthy, who is pursuing her Masters of International Business at Queen’s, travelled to Canada from Bangladesh. After landing in Canada on Jan. 31, prior to the implementation of the  mandatory quarantine fee, Aurthy booked an Airbnb to self-isolate in for the required 14-day period.

“It was quite expensive,” Aurthy told The Journal.

She estimates she spent roughly $1,200  for  the full two weeks she had to quarantine. “I emailed [the   University] telling them that I had spent a lot of money. The University said they would put me on a list to get reimbursed for the fees I had to pay,” she said.

Although Aurthy is set to be reimbursed for her quarantine expenses, she has yet to hear from the University about when she can expect to receive this assistance.

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