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COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services:
January 2021: Please refer to our Travelling to and from Canada page for the most up-to-date information on Canada’s entry requirements and border restrictions. This page is regularly updated as new announcements are made by the Government of Canada. Please note that travel restrictions are rapidly evolving and that some Ports of Entry (POEs) have already implemented changes while awaiting further government instructions.
1. Since November 30th, 2021, international students who wish to leave Canada and/or travel within Canada by plane or train must be fully vaccinated. See here for a limited list of exemptions.
2. Since November 30th, 2021, three additional COVID-19 vaccines have been added to the list of accepted vaccines by the Government of Canada.
3. As of January 15th, 2022, international students must be fully vaccinated in order to travel to Canada. See here for a limited list of exemptions.
IMPORTANT: Before making any travel plans, please refer to our Travelling to and from Canada page. For additional news, resources, and FAQs, visit our COVID-19 page.

Compulsory International Health Insurance (IHI)

International Health Insurance

The McGill International Health Insurance Plan is mandatory for all registered international students.

McGill requires all registered international students and their accompanying dependent spouse to participate in the compulsory McGill International Health Insurance (IHI) plan which is administered by International Student Services. For more information on who is covered please visit our who's covered page.

All international students are automatically charged the annual IHI fee ($1047) upon registration at McGill University in the fall and winter terms.

Change of coverage period: August 1st and August 31st for each new academic year & December 1st and January 31st for new winter admits.

NEW and RETURNING students may activate or request an exemption from International Health Insurance Plan (IHI) between August 1st and August 31st for each new academic year and December 1st and January 31st for winter new admits. As of September 1st, 2021, all registered international students, including exchange* students will have their IHI plan activated automatically to the default SINGLE coverage.

Winter new admitted students: IHI contracts will get automatically activated as of January 31st if you have not done it yourself on Minerva. Students may activate their own coverage on Minerva 24 hours after registering for courses. This enables the student to make claims, register for Medavie Blue Cross and Maple apps, get their IHI card and receive a reassessment of their IHI fee to a two-term PARTIAL SINGLE premium of $698.

*Exchange students who require a reassessment of the international health insurance fee must activate their coverage on Minerva by August 31st or for winter new admits by January 31st. See more details. Students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for an exemption. Please note that students covered by private health insurance are not exempt from the McGill plan.

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