We know many of you are wondering if and when you can enter Canada. COVID-19 has made international travel complicated, and while we can’t wait to welcome you to McGill, we want to make sure you have the most up-to-date and accurate information about cross-border travel so you can plan with the risks and restrictions in mind. Remember that no matter where you’re living now, McGill is here for you remotely with academic support, student services, and engagement opportunities throughout the term.
International students, regardless of which country they are entering Canada from, will be considered to be entering Canada for a non-discretionary and non-optional purpose, if:
- Their study permit has been approved (regardless of the date of their letter of introduction), they hold a valid study permit or are authorized to apply for a study permit upon entry to Canada (US citizens and US permanent residents only);
- Their educational institution is on the list of institutions with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place*;
- They do not have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19; AND
- They have a plan to quarantine for 14 days** (see Quarantine Resources below)
These entry requirements for international students are in force as of October 20, 2020 at 23:59.
*Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has confirmed that all post-secondary designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Québec are approved. This includes McGill University.
In order to enter Canada, you must meet all of the entry requirements cited above. You should not make any travel plans until you meet all of the entry requirements (e.g. your study permit application has been approved and you have letter of introduction).
**IMPORTANT: Starting November 21, 2020, all travellers entering Canada by air must submit through the ArriveCAN app the following information prior to boarding their flight:
- Their travel and contact information;
- Their quarantine plan (unless exempted under conditions set out in the Mandatory Isolation Order); AND
- A COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.
In addition to the above, within 48 hours of entering Canada, all travellers (whether they have entered by air or land) will be required to submit through the ArriveCAN app:
- Confirmation that they have arrived at their place of quarantine or isolation; AND
- A daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during their quarantine period.
For more information, please see the Government of Canada’s news release.
NOTE: There continue to be two travel restrictions, one that applies to entry to Canada from the US and the other that applies to entry to Canada from a country other than the US. Under both of these travel restrictions the requirements for entry to Canada for international students are the same as mentioned above.
The travel restriction that applies to entry to Canada from the US is currently in effect until December 21, 2020, but may be extended.
The travel restriction that applies to entry to Canada from a country other than the US is currently in effect until November 30, 2020, but may be extended.
- For information on travel exemptions and restrictions for international students, and the impact of COVID-19 on international students see IRCC's website: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International students
- For important information on travel restrictions for non-Canadian travelers, see Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Information for non-Canadians
- For information and advice for travellers entering Canada, see IRCC’s website: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice
- For information on air travel and border measures, see IRCC’s website: Travel restriction measures: COVID-19 program delivery
- Student Services has prepared a Quarantine page, offering resources and FAQs to assist you with the mandatory quarantine period after travel.