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

COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services
International students with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter can now travel to Canada as long as they are registered at a designated learning institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. McGill is one of the institutions on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. Students travelling to Canada will need to have a self-quarantine plan to ensure that they can self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

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.

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.

***Due to limited testing capacity in some countries, the implementation of this requirement may be delayed. 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.

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

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.

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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