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

COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services: JUNE 2021:
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).
2. The 14-day quarantine is still required from ALL travellers entering Canada (even if vaccinated). For travellers arriving by air, the first three days of the quarantine must be done in a hotel designated by IRCC.
3. Before making travel plans, please refer to McGill's quarantine resources and to our vaccination FAQs.

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

Travel FAQs - COVID-19

Please review the official government resources before reviewing the FAQs. Many answers to your questions can be found on Immigration Canada's and Immigration Quebec's websites.

1. 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.

2. Do I need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to travel to Canada?

As of January 7, 2021, all travellers aged 5 years and older entering Canada by air will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to airline officials prior to boarding their flight to Canada.

The test must be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests: either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP), and must be conducted within 72 hours of the travellers’ scheduled departure to Canada. Presentation of a valid negative test to airline officials will be a condition of boarding all flights to Canada. Air passengers without proof of a negative test result will not be allowed to board their flight to Canada.
 

For more information, see Flying to and within Canada on the Canadian government's official website.

***Due to limited testing capacity in some countries, the implementation of this requirement may be delayed depending on where you are flying from. Please see Transport Canada’s COVID-19 pre-departure testing and Transport Canada’s Interim Order for a list of affected countries.

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.

NOTE: At this time, if you will be travelling to Canada directly via a US/Canada land border, you will not be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result; be sure to check our website prior to travelling for any updates. All travellers, whether arriving by air or land, are required to provide proof of their mandatory plan to quarantine for 14 days and follow all reporting directives after entering Canada.

3. Is McGill on the list of Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place?

Yes. McGill is on the list of approved institutions. This means that international students with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter can travel to Canada. See our message on entering Canada for the full entry requirements.

For more details on how to prepare to travel to Montreal and make arrangements for quarantine, see Student Services' Self-Quarantine Resources

4. Can the airline deny me boarding my flight to Canada?

Yes. Everyone travelling to Canada by air is first required to pass a preliminary health check by airline officials before boarding their flight. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 may not be allowed to board their plane. Please see Transport Canada’s COVID-19: Guidance Material for Air Operators Managing Travellers to Canada at International Airports webpage for more details.

In addition, all travellers aged 5 years and older entering Canada by air must also 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, regardless of their citizenship, will not be allowed to board their flight to Canada.

If you are allowed to board your flight, immigration officials will assess your health when you arrive in Canada before allowing you to enter. Foreign nationals showing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada.

As per the Public Health Agency of Canada:

No one should travel when sick. Commercial airline restrictions may also prevent you from boarding your plane if you're sick. However, Canadians, persons with status under the Indian Act and permanent residents who have COVID-19 symptoms are allowed to return to Canada.

If you arrive in Canada with symptoms of COVID-19, let a border official know. A Government of Canada representative will then be contacted to assess your situation. If you need it, they'll help you get medical care.

Foreign nationals won't be allowed to enter Canada if they have COVID-19 or any symptoms of COVID-19.

5. Will I be required to quarantine for 14 days when I arrive in Canada even if I do not show any symptoms of COVID-19?

Yes. All travelers to Canada are now mandated by law to quarantine for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms upon arrival and are subject to monitoring, verification and enforcement by Public Health authorities. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you do not have a quarantine plan, you should not travel to Canada.

When you arrive in Canada, immigration agents will assess your health before allowing you to enter. In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, you will be required to provide your plan to quarantine for 14 days to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer upon arrival to Canada.

If the border officer is not satisfied with your plan, you may be quarantined in a facility designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

See IRCC's website for more information for travellers entering Canada.

For more details on how to prepare to travel to Montreal and make arrangements for quarantine, see Student Services' Self-Quarantine Resources.

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