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COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services
International students with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter can now travel to Canada as long as they are registered at a designated learning institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. McGill is one of the institutions on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. Students travelling to Canada will need to have a self-quarantine plan to ensure that they can self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

Please visit our COVID-19 page for additional news, resources, and FAQs.

Important Message for International Students Who Would Like to Enter Canada

 

Entering Canada: Travel Restrictions | Travelling to Canada by air | Travelling to Canada by land | Government Resources on Travel Restrictions |

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.

Travel exemptions and restrictions for international students:

International students, regardless of which country they are entering Canada from and whether they are arriving by land or by air, 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);
  • They are attending an educational institution that 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).

For full details, please see IRCC’s news release and IRCC’s webpage for international students.

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 March 21, 2021, 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 April 21, 2021, but may be extended.

In addition to meeting the travel restriction requirements for international students mentioned above, international students will also have to respect certain measures in order to enter Canada. These measures differ depending on if you are entering Canada by air or if you are entering Canada by land. Please see below for step-by-step instructions to follow if you plan on travelling to Canada by air or if you plan to travel to Canada by land.


Travelling to Canada by air

For full details, the Government of Canada has provided a Flying to Canada Checklist.

Step 1: Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your flight’s scheduled departure to Canada

Pre-departure COVID- 19 testing requirement for all air travellers:

As of January 7, 2021, all travellers aged 5 years and older entering Canada by air must present airline officials with proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) test taken within 72 hours prior to their flight’s scheduled departure to Canada. Air passengers without proof of a negative test result will not be allowed to board their flight to Canada. See our Travel FAQs - Covid-19 and the Canadian government's Flying to and within Canada webpages for more details.

For the full announcement and FAQs, please see Transport Canada’s Pre-departure COVID-19 testing and negative results for air travellers coming to Canada webpage

Step 2: Book a three-day stay for you and any accompanying family members at a government approved hotel before your departure to Canada

All travellers, with limited exceptions, will be required to reserve their three-night stay at a government-authorized hotel prior to their departure to Canada.

Step 3: Download the ArriveCAN App and submit the required information before your departure to Canada

All travellers entering Canada by air, must use the ArriveCAN app to submit the following required 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.

For more information, please see the Government of Canada’s news release, and ArriveCAN information for all travellers (including download links)

Step 4: Gather your travel documents

When entering Canada make sure that you bring all the following documents with you:

  • a valid study permit or a copy of your Port of Entry Letter of Introduction (study permit approval letter)*;
  • a copy of a valid letter of acceptance from McGill and proof of enrolment, if you are returning student;
  • proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada;
  • valid immigration medical examination results if you are coming from a designated country or territory (meaning a country or territory for which they are required), or if you will be in close contact with people, for example as:
    • a medical student
    • a student in a health sciences field who will have placements in health-care or home-care settings
    • an education student who will have placements in primary or secondary schools
  • your CAQ (or CAQ approval letter);
  • a valid eTA or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). * ONLY U.S. Citizens are exempt from needing an eTA or a TRV. For more information on entry requirements, see IRCC’s website;
  • your passport; AND
  • all other supporting documents you included in your study permit application.

*Note: If you are a US citizen or US permanent resident, you may apply for your study permit upon entry to Canada.

Step 5: Take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to Canada and quarantine at a government-authorized hotel

As of February 21st, 2021 at 11:59pm ET, all travellers, with some exceptions, will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to Canada and quarantine for three nights at a government-authorized hotel at their own expense while they wait for the results. The estimated cost to travellers could be up to $2,000.

For more information, see the Government of Canada’s news release

Step 6: Within 48 hours of your arrival to Canada, submit the required information through the ArriveCAN app

Within 48 hours of entering Canada, all travellers will be required to submit the following information to the Canadian government 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.

Step 7: After you have completed your 3-night quarantine in a government-authorized hotel, continue the rest of your 14-day quarantine

If the results of your COVID-19 test that you took upon arrival to Canada are negative, you can continue the rest of your 14-day quarantine at home.

If the results of your COVID-19 test that you took upon arrival to Canada are positive, you will be required to complete your 14-day quarantine at a designated government facility.

Step 8: Submit to second COVID-19 test towards the end of your fourteen-day quarantine. More details to come.

Quarantine Resources

 

***IMPORTANT information for travellers entering Canada by air:

As stated in the Government of Canada’s news release:

  • As of January 31, 2021, the government and Canada’s airlines have agreed to suspend all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries until April 30, 2021
  • As of February 3rd, 2021, all international passenger flights will be required to land at one of the following four Canadian airports: Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal.

Travelling to Canada by land

For full details, the Government of Canada has provided a Driving to Canada Checklist.

Step 1: Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test within 72 hours of when you will be crossing the border into Canada

As stated in the Government of Canada’s news release:

  • As of February 15, 2021, all travellers arriving to Canada by land, with some exceptions, will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival, or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival.

Step 2: Download the ArriveCan App and submit the required information before your departure to Canada

As of February 21st, 2021 at 11:59pm ET, all travellers entering Canada by land, must use the ArriveCAN app to submit the following required information:

  • 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.

Travellers arriving by land before February 22, 2021 are strongly encouraged to use the ArriveCAN app to avoid delays and to reduce person-to-person contact.

Travellers arriving by land who do not use ArriveCAN will have to submit their information orally to a border officer or fill out a paper form at their Port of Entry.

Step 3: Gather your travel documents

When entering Canada make sure that you bring all the following documents with you:

  • a valid study permit or a copy of your Port of Entry Letter of Introduction (study permit approval letter)*;
  • a copy of a valid letter of acceptance from McGill and proof of enrolment, if you are returning student;
  • proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada;
  • valid immigration medical examination results if you are coming from a designated country or territory (meaning a country or territory for which they are required), or if you will be in close contact with people, for example as:
    • a medical student
    • a student in a health sciences field who will have placements in health-care or home-care settings
    • an education student who will have placements in primary or secondary schools
  • your CAQ (or CAQ approval letter);
  • a valid eTA or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). * ONLY U.S. Citizens are exempt from needing an eTA or a TRV. For more information on entry requirements, see IRCC’s website;
  • your passport; AND
  • all other supporting documents you included in your study permit application.

*Note: If you are a US citizen or US permanent resident, you may apply for your study permit upon entry to Canada.

Step 4: Take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to Canada

As stated in the Government of Canada’s news release:

  • As of  February 21st, 2021 at 11:59pm ET, travellers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival.

Step 5: Quarantine for 14 days and within 48 hours of your arrival to Canada, submit the required information through the ArriveCAN app

Within 48 hours of entering Canada, all travellers will be required to submit the following information to the Canadian government, either through the ArriveCAN app or by calling the 1-833-641-0343 toll-free number, if they did not use the 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, ArriveCAN information for all travellers (including download links), and information specifically for travellers entering Canada by land.

Step 6: Submit to second COVID-19 test towards the end of your fourteen-day quarantine.

As of February 21st, 2021 at 11:59pm ET, all travellers entering Canada by land will have to take a second COVID-19 test towards the end of their fourteen-day quarantine. More details to come.

Quarantine Resources


Important Government Resources on Travel Restrictions

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