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COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services: August 2021: Easing of border measures coming into effect on August 9th, 2021 at 12:01am (ET). 
The latest updates can be found on the Entering 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.

Eligibility for Exemption

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.

You may qualify for an exemption if you:

  • are a citizen and a resident of Denmark, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium, Romania or Greece and you have obtained RAMQ coverage;
  • are sponsored by the Canadian Bureau for International Education(CBIE);
  • are sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency(CIDA);
  • are sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau(SACB);
  • received an award from the International Council for Canadian Studies(ICCS);
  • exchange through DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service;
  • have a diplomatic visa in Canada;
  • are a dependent of a worker at an organization that is under the PDF icon umbrella of United Nations, an NGO or a non-profit international organization; such as: the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Union etc.
  • are a non-resident of Canada i.e. must have thesis away or term-away status on transcripts*; 
  • have a valid Quebec Medicare (RAMQ) card; or
  • online Graduate Certificates offered by McGill University's School of Physical and Occupational Therapy.

Please review the supporting documents that are required for each above category.

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