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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.

IHI Updates

Vaccinations FAQs

1. I have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Am I still required to quarantine for 14 days upon my arrival to Canada?

It depends.

As of July 5, 2021, at 12:01am. EDT, fully vaccinated* travellers authorized to enter Canada by land or by air, will be exempt from the federal requirement to undergo a 14-day quarantine and take a COVID-19 test on day-8 of their arrival to Canada. In addition, fully vaccinated* travellers authorized to enter Canada by air will no longer be required to arrange for a 3-day stay at a government-approved hotel. Fully vaccinated travellers will still be required to follow all other public health measures in place such as the wearing of a mask in public, where applicable.

*NOTE: To be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must have received the required dosage of a vaccine or combination of vaccines approved by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. At this time, the list of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada includes those made by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccines in any country.

In order to be exempt from the federal quarantine requirement, fully vaccinated travellers must meet the following Public Health Agency of Canada requirements:

  • meet all other mandatory requirements, including pre- and on-arrival testing;
  • be asymptomatic when entering Canada;
  • have a paper or digital copy of their proof of vaccination documentation in English or French (or accompanied by a certified translation);
  • continue to submit their COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada; AND
  • present a suitable quarantine plan, and be prepared to quarantine, should a border officer determine that they do not meet the conditions to be exempt from quarantine.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated or do not meet the requirements above must continue to adhere to all quarantine requirements applicable to their mode of travel.

For full details, please see the Public Health Agency of Canada's announcement and the COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada page.

2. In order to enter Canada, do I need to be vaccinated?

No. The current travel measures do not require a person to be vaccinated or to show proof of vaccination in order to travel to Canada. For the latest information on travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, a list of documents you should have with you when travelling and when entering Canada, please carefully review our Entering Canada page.

3. I have received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine outside of Canada, can I receive the second dose in Canada?

If your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was administered outside Canada or Quebec, you can sign up at the Québec Vaccination Registry to receive the next dose in Québec if necessary. For more information, see the Vaccinated for COVID-19 outside Québec: using the Vaccination Registry page.

If the vaccine that was used for the first dose is not available at the vaccination centre at the time of the appointment, a different product may be used (ideally a vaccine based on the same technology. For example, if your first dose was with a Messenger RNA vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer, the second dose should be with a Messenger RNA vaccine to the extent possible, and within the timeframe recommended by the Québec Immunization Protocol. The recommended timeframe window is available at COVID-19 vaccination.

Please note, Canada does not currently have data on the effects of mixing vaccines approved in countries outside of Canada with the vaccines available in Canada (Pfizer and Moderna).

4. Where can I find more information about COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec?

This webinar recording provided by the Medical Director of the Student Wellness Hub, gives information on the COVID-19 Vaccines, specifically on the vaccines available in Canada and the rollout plan in Quebec.

Please visit the Quebec Government COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign website to find out more about how and when to make an appointment to get vaccinated.

5. When Can I get vaccinated?

The Quebec Government COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign website has announced that all residents 12 years old and over are able to get vaccinated in Quebec.

 

6. I don't have RAMQ. Can I still get a vaccine?

Yes. When you sign up for a vaccine appointment on clicsante, the form will ask you for a RAMQ number. Instead, please click the box below that confirms that you do not have a RAMQ number.

 

clicsante sign up screen shot

Please note that in order to schedule a second dose through the Clicsante website without a RAMQ number, you will need to choose the "COVID-19 Troubleshooting" service instead of the "COVID-19 Second Dose" service. You can also find out more information about second doses from the McGill Vaccination page.

clic sante registration

I Will Not Enter Canada: IHI Cancellation Requests 

Students who will be outside of Canada for the duration of 2020-2021 academic year (September 1st, 2020 to August 31st, 2021*) and have NEVER entered Canada during this academic year.

As part of the COVID-19 adapted measures, international students who can confirm that they will not enter Canada for the full 2020-2021 academic year (September 1st, 2020 to August 31st, 2021*) may request a cancellation from the International Health Insurance (IHI) plan by submitting the cancellation web form.

To be eligible for a full-year cancellation, the international student must not be in Canada nor enter Canada during the entire 2020-2021 academic year (September 1st, 2020 to August 31st, 2021*).

Please allow 30 days for the processing of the cancellation request. Upon the cancellation being processed, students will receive a credit to their student account.

The deadline to request a cancellation is July 31, 2021.

For students who are currently in Canada but have decided to return home for the Winter and/or Summer 2021 terms due to the announcement of Winter 2021 being remote, please e-mail our office directly at international.health [at] mcgill.ca for further instruction. 

Please carefully read all of the disclaimers and acknowledgments before filling out the IHI cancellation web form for 2020-2021 full-year cancellation.

*Please note that if you chose to cancel your IHI plan for the 2020-2021 academic year, exceptionally for the Fall 2021 term, you will still benefit from the 1 complimentary month of IHI coverage for the 2021-2022 academic year. Meaning your IHI coverage would begin on August 1st 2021, upon enrolment in the Fall 2021 term. If you arrive in Canada between August 1st and August 31st, 2021, you are still eligible for the cancellation of your IHI plan for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

I Have Entered Canada: IHI Adjustment Requests

Students who enter Canada during the 2020-2021 academic year: (September 1st, 2020 to August 31st, 2021):

As part of the COVID-19 adapted measures, international students will enter Canada before April 30, 2021, may request a pro-rated adjustment ($94/month) of the annual International Health Insurance (IHI) premium for the Fall 2020 or/and Winter 2021 terms for the months that they were not in Canada. The adjustment will be processed for the months that precede the month of the student’s date of entry to Canada. Example: If you enter Canada on October 31st, you will get a credit for the month of September only.

Please note that if you enter Canada anytime during the Summer 2021 term (May 1st, 2021 to August 31st, 2021*), you will be responsible for the full Summer 2021 IHI term fee ($376). You will only be eligible to receive a credit for the terms that you were outside of Canada (-$752). There will be no monthly pro-rated fee option in the Summer 2021 term. 

The deadline to request an adjustment is July 31, 2021.

*Exceptionally for the Fall 2021 term, you will benefit from 1 complimentary month of IHI coverage for the 2021-2022 academic year. Meaning your IHI coverage would begin on August 1st 2021, upon enrolment in the Fall 2021 term. If you arrive in Canada between August 1st and August 31st, 2021, you do not have to adjust your IHI coverage for the 2020-2021 academic year, you may request a cancellation (see FAQ above)

International students may request this adjustment by submitting this web form upon their entry to Canada. Please note that students may only request this adjustment once they have entered Canada.

International students must submit their request for an adjustment within 30 days from their entry to Canada. Please allow 30 days for the processing of the pro-rated adjustment request. Upon the adjustment being processed, students will receive a credit to their student account.

Since medical health insurance is an immigration requirement (for both the CAQ and the Study Permit), students requesting a partial refund of their insurance premium should be able to demonstrate that they were not in Canada during the period that they requested an adjustment (i.e. airline ticket, passport stamp, etc.).

International Students may complete the IHI self-declaration web form for pro-rated monthly adjustments. Please carefully read all of the disclaimers and acknowledgments before filling out the web form.

Before making any travel plans to come to Canada, please consult our Entering Canada webpage for the latest information on travel restrictions and entry requirements.

IHI Travel Coverage Updates

All international students who are currently residing in Canada have access to full travel benefits.

Please note that to qualify for travel coverage, before departure you must not have COVID-19 symptoms, have not tested positive (or be awaiting a test result), and have not been in contact with anyone who tested positive in the last 14 days.

If you plan to travel outside of Canada, here are some important things to note about your travel health insurance coverage under the IHI plan:

Leisure Travel:

This refers to any travel, for leisure purposes, outside of Canada and outside your country of origin.

For leisure travel of up to 4 consecutive weeks per trip, you are covered for emergency medical expenses and hospitalization. All details of the leisure travel benefits can be found on our website.

For any leisure travel for more than 4 weeks, you are only covered for emergencies resulting in hospitalization (must be admitted as an in-patient), up to $2,000 CAD funds per day for all services combined as specified in the Medavie Blue Cross contract.

Country of origin travel:

This refers to travel to your country of origin, for some students this will be your country of citizenship. If you are a dual citizen, your country of origin will be the country where you were last residing before entering Canada.

For travel in your country of origin, you are only covered for emergencies resulting in hospitalization (must be admitted as an in-patient), up to $2,000 CAD per day for all services combined as specified in the Medavie Blue Cross contract.

COVID-19 Coverage outside of Canada

Eligible emergency hospital and medical expenses related to COVID-19 are now covered outside of Canada* as long as you did not have symptoms of COVID-19, have not tested positive for COVID-19 (or awaiting a test result) and have not been in contact with anyone who tested positive in the last 14 days before leaving Canada.

*Please note, if you were never present in Canada during the Fall 2020 term, you do not have travel coverage under the IHI plan. Your IHI plan will only become active once you arrive in Canada.

COVID-19 IHI FAQs

1. Can I purchase health insurance in Canada before August 1st 2021?

If you are an international student and/or your dependents who is/are arriving in Canada prior to August 1st and require health insurance coverage, you may purchase a plan for visitors. This plan can be purchased from Quebec Blue Cross. For more information and to purchase this plan, please review this page . Please be reminded that if you are a newly admitted student or a returning student who cancelled their IHI plan during 2020-2021, your McGill’s IHI plan begins August 1st . More information here.

2. I am outside of Canada for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms, but I will enter Canada for the Summer 2021 term, can I ask for an IHI adjustment now?

Yes, students who can confirm that they will be outside of Canada from September 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021, may request a cancellation of the International Health Insurance plan now for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms. These students will be charged a one-term premium of $376 for summer 2021.

Please email international.health [at] mcgill.ca to request this type of IHI contract adjustment.

3. Does my IHI plan cover COVID-19 in Canada?

The International Health Insurance (IHI) plan covers hospitalization and treatment for COVID-19 in Canada. Please refer to the Basic Health Benefits on pages 7-9 in the Medavie Blue Cross handbook for details on this coverage.

Please note, COVID-19 testing is offered free of charge in Montreal at public testing sites. COVID-19 tests at private clinics are not covered under the IHI plan. COVID-19 tests for travel purposes are not covered under the IHI plan.

4. Does my IHI plan include travel insurance?

Exceptionally until July 15, 2021, all international students who are currently residing in Canada have access to full travel benefits. This date may change upon further instruction from our insurance broker and government officials. Please review your Medavie Blue Cross handbook for details on your travel insurance. Please note that to qualify for travel coverage, before departure you must:

  • Not have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have not tested positive (or be awaiting a test result), and
  • Have not been in contact with anyone who tested positive in the last 14 days.

5. Am I covered in my country of origin?

Any claim for medical expenses that occur outside of Canada will not be reimbursed by Medavie Blue Cross as of the Fall 2020 semester until further notice, even if the claimant chose not to request a refund of premium for the period spent outside Canada. This new condition applies to both new and returning students.

6. I am coming to Canada with my dependents, when do I add them to my plan?

You may add your dependents upon arrival in Canada by contacting international.health [at] mcgill.ca (ISS).

7. I am graduating in the Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 terms, and I will attend my classes remotely from outside of Canada for the remainder of my studies. I will never return to Canada due to graduation. Can I cancel my International Health Insurance?

Yes, you will need to have“expected graduation” indicated on your transcripts. Once your transcript has been updated, please email international.health [at] mcgill.ca your request. Please indicate which term you will be graduating in the subject line along with your McGill ID number.

8. I am a Canadian non-resident and I would like to opt-in to the international health insurance plan. Will I be billed by term or by month?

Non-resident Canadian students or new Permanent Residents who are not eligible for the Québec Health Insurance Plan and have no insurance coverage or whose private insurance is not adequate, have the option of enrolling in McGill's International Student Health Insurance (IHI) Plan. If you choose to opt-in, you will be billed the IHI premium starting the month you arrive in Canada for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 term(s). Please note that if a Non-resident Canadian student or new Permanent Resident will arrive in the Summer 2021 term, they will be billed for the full Summer 2021 term.

Example: If you arrive in Canada on February 28, 2021, and request to opt into the IHI plan, we will charge you for the month of February until the end of the Winter 2021 term or the Summer 2021 term (depending on the amount of coverage you request).

Please contact us within 10 business days of your arrival to Canada to opt-in to the IHI plan.

9. What if I am eligible for RAMQ?

If you are a citizen and a resident of Denmark, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium, Romania, or Greece, you may qualify for the Quebec Health Insurance Plan Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). Registration for the RAMQ plan must be done by mail once you have entered Canada, using the following registration form (en francais) and providing copies of the required supporting documents, to the following address:

Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec
C.P. 6600, succ. Terminus
Quebec (Quebec)
G1K 7T3

If you meet the criteria to obtain RAMQ, please submit an exemption request. Please follow these instructions on how to apply for an exemption from the International Health Insurance plan.

If you do not plan to enter Canada for the 2020-2021 academic year, please visit the “Students who will remain outside of Canada until September 1st, 2021” tab here.

10. Is there a deadline to submit exemption documents?

As part of the COVID-19 adapted measures, our office will be accepting supporting documents past our regular exemption deadlines. Please submit a copy of your exemption documents to international.health [at] mcgill.ca for review. It is important to note that we may require additional documents on a case-by-case basis.

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