The Canadian government is reminding international students of border measures ahead of fall semester.
Although Canada has begun easing border measures, having a quarantine plan is still required at the border — even if you don’t actually use it.
Fully vaccinated travelers no longer have to quarantine
for two weeks. Starting August 9, if you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need an on arrival test unless you get randomly selected. Canada currently only considers you to be “fully vaccinated” if it has been 14 days since you got the final dose of a vaccine that has been approved by Health Canada. These currently include: Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Janssen. Otherwise, you are still considered unvaccinated.
The ninth of August also marks the end of hotel quarantine, where travelers have to pay to stay in a government-approved hotel.
All that being said, you still have to show up to the border with a suitable quarantine plan in case the border officer determines you do not meet the exemption. The federal government issued a presser specifically for international students coming to Canada this fall, reminding them of what they need to do in order to travel to Canada.
Who can enter Canada to study
There are two things you need to come to Canada as a student:
- a valid study permit, or letter of introduction that shows you have been approved for a study permit; and
- be enrolled in a designated learning institution that has a COVID-19 readiness plan. You can find the most updated list on the government website.
Students coming from India will have to navigate the ban on direct flights. Canada has suspended direct flights between the two countries until at least August 21. Those travelling from India can take an indirect route, but will need a pre-departure COVID-19 test from a third country before coming to Canada.
Your should already have a plan to manage the quarantine period for international students as part of its COVID-19 readiness plan. They should also allow you access to food and medicine during your stay. Contact your school for help in developing your quarantine plan before you depart for Canada.
After that, you have to submit your plan to border officials through the ArriveCAN app. This app has been used throughout the pandemic for officer-traveler communication, and it is where you submit all the documents you will need for travel.
Again, you still need a quarantine plan even if you are considered fully vaccinated. Your proof of vaccination must be in English or French, or else you need a certified translation.
Rules subject to change
Health officials are continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation in Canada and around the world. Any change to border measures falls under Health Canada’s responsibility. Other departments, such as the Canadian border, works to implement the health department’s recommendations.
While international travel restrictions fall under the federal governments purview, provincial governments are responsible for their own healthcare systems. The federal government offers a list of each provincial government’s website, which include measures for travelers. Your learning institution will also have its own COVID rules and regulations.