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COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services: October 2021:
The latest updates can be found on the Travelling to and from Canada page.
            1. International students with a valid study permit (or approval letter) can travel to Canada (McGill is on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan). Before making travel plans, please refer to our Entering Canada page.
            2. Fully vaccinated travellers authorized to enter Canada by land or by air, are now exempt from the federal requirement to undergo a 14-day quarantine. The 14-day quarantine continues to be required for all other travellers who are not considered fully vaccinated.
           3. For more information, please refer to McGill's quarantine resources and IHI’s vaccination FAQs.

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

Exemptions

Before reviewing the information below, please see ISS' COVID-19 FAQs and resources pages for up to date information on the impact of COVID-19 on immigration related matters.

For additional information on the International Health Insurance plan for students who will be starting or completing the 2021-2022 academic year outside of Canada, Please refer to our Health Insurance FAQ's on our COVID-19 resource page.

By Senate Regulation, ALL international students (full-time, part-time, exchange, special and visiting) and their accompanying dependent(s) are required to participate in the University's compulsory sickness and accident plan. Students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for an exemption. The list of exemption categories can be found under Eligibility for Exemption. Please note that students covered by private health insurance are not exempt from the McGill plan.

Exemption requests must be done on Minerva by specified deadlines.

Access Minerva ⇒ Student⇒ International Student Health Insurance Coverage Form=>Confirm IHI coverage and select Request Exemption from the drop-down menu.

Send your supporting document(s) to support your exemption by email. Address your email to international.health [at] mcgill.ca and attach the file(s) to the email in either one of the accepted formats: tagged image format (.tif, .tiff for scanned images) or standard PDF (.pdf) - encrypted PDFs are not accepted. Indicate your First Name, Last Name, and McGill ID in the subject line of your email. 

Exemptions are valid for one academic year only and must be renewed each subsequent year.

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