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Accompanying Family Members - FAQs

1. I am currently residing outside Canada and will be starting/resuming my studies at McGill in the upcoming term. Can my spouse and/or dependent children travel with me to Canada?

Yes. If you are an adult student with a family member (such as a spouse or dependent child) who wants to come with you to Canada, you must submit your applications together when you apply online. To be able to enter Canada, your family member needs to be fully vaccinated (unless exempt) and have one of the following:

  • a study or work permit;
  • a letter of introduction showing they’ve been approved for a study or work permit; and/or
  • a visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA); *US citizens and permanent residents do not need a TRV or eTA to enter Canada as a visitor.

They must also meet all other requirements to enter Canada as a student, worker or visitor.

2. I am a minor under the age of 18 studying at McGill. Can my parent, step-parent or legal guardian travel with me to Canada?

Yes. Your parent, step-parent or legal guardian will need to be fully vaccinated (unless exempt) and have a valid TRV or eTA*, as applicable, to enter Canada.

*US citizens and permanent residents do not need a TRV or eTA to enter Canada.

3. I am currently residing inside Canada with a valid study permit and am pursuing my studies at McGill. Can my spouse and/or dependent children travel to Canada to join me in Montreal?

Yes. To be able to enter Canada, your family member needs to be fully vaccinated (unless exempt) and have one of the following:

  • a study or work permit;
  • a letter of introduction showing they’ve been approved for a study or work permit; and/or
  • a visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA)*

*US citizens and permanent residents do not need a TRV or eTA to enter Canada as a visitor.

They must also meet all other requirements to enter Canada as a student, worker or visitor.

4. My children will be travelling with me to Canada. Do they also need to be fully vaccinated to do so?

No, however unvaccinated children must meet the travel requirements currently in force and must respect public health measures.

Unvaccinated children under 5 years of age are exempt from pre-entry testing, arrival testing, and quarantine, and do not have any limitations on their activities.

Children under the age of 12 who are not fully vaccinated are no longer required to provide a valid pre-entry test result when accompanying a fully vaccinated adult. They are exempt from quarantine and do not have any limitations on their activities. However, they need to wear a mask in public settings (including school) for 14 days after their arrival to Canada.

Children between 12 and 17 years of age (inclusive) who are not fully vaccinated must follow the COVID-19 testing requirements (pre-entry, day 1 and day 8 tests) and are required to quarantine for 14 days.

Dependents 18 years of age or over who are not fully vaccinated because of mental or physical limitation(s) can travel to Canada, however they must follow the COVID-19 testing requirements (pre-entry, day 1 and day 8 tests) and are required to quarantine for 14 days.

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