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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.

 

I am an international student travelling from the US with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter. Can I enter Canada from the US to resume or begin my studies?

It depends. There is currently a restriction on all non-essential (discretionary) travel at the Canada-U.S. border. Having a valid study permit or study permit approval letter does not guarantee your entry into Canada.

Upon arrival at your Port of Entry (Canadian airport or land border) from the US, a Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer will examine your request to enter Canada and decide if you are coming to Canada for an “essential purpose”. CBSA officers have the power to refuse you entry if they deem your travel to be “non-essential” or “discretionary”.

It is your responsibility to prove that your travel is essential and that you need to be in Canada at this time (e.g., to complete an in-person component of your studies, to work a summer job, because your primary residence is in Canada, etc.). Be prepared to provide documents that support your reasons for needing to be physically present in Canada such as a copy of your lease, job offer or pay stub, Proof of Enrolment Letter for a current or future term, etc.), letter from your department confirming that you need to complete an in-person component of your studies.

We recommend that you travel with your valid study permit, study permit approval letter, and a Proof of Enrolment Letter for a current and/or future term(s).

* The Fall 2020 semester is proceeding largely through remote instruction (online learning). It is possible that coming to Canada to study remotely (online) may not be considered an essential reason to travel to Canada. CBSA officers will make decisions on a case-by-case basis.

If you are allowed to enter Canada, you must quarantine for 14 days, even if you have no symptoms.

I am an international student travelling from a country other than the US with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter. Can I enter Canada to resume or begin my studies?

It depends. There are currently travel restrictions in place for air travel to Canada from a country other than the US. Only some international students are exempt from the current travel restrictions. At this time, in order to enter Canada, you must:

Even if you are exempt from the travel restrictions currently in place, this does not guarantee your entry into Canada.

Upon arrival at your Port of Entry (Canadian airport or land border) from any country , a Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer will examine your request to enter Canada and decide if you are coming to Canada for an “essential purpose”. CBSA officers have the power to refuse you entry if they deem your travel to be “non-essential” or “discretionary”.

It is your responsibility to prove that your travel is essential and that you need to be in Canada at this time (e.g., to complete an in-person component of your studies, to work a summer job, because your primary residence is in Canada, etc.). Be prepared to provide documents that support your reasons for needing to be physically present in Canada such as a copy of your lease, job offer or pay stub, Proof of Enrolment Letter for a current or future term, etc.), letter from your department confirming that you need to complete an in-person component of your studies.

We recommend that you travel with your valid study permit, study permit approval letter, and a Proof of Enrolment Letter for a current and/or future term(s).

*The Fall 2020 semester is proceeding largely through remote instruction (online learning). It is possible that coming to Canada to study remotely (online) may not be considered an essential reason to travel to Canada. CBSA officers will make decisions on a case-by-case basis.

If you are allowed to enter Canada, you must quarantine for 14 days, even if you have no symptoms.

Can McGill help me make travel plans so I can go home?

McGill Team
514-855-5636
1-866-827-7086
Email
Hours of Business: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

VisionLink - Online booking tool
Online support team:
Telephone: 1-877-385-6415
obt [at] visionvoyages.ca (Email)
Hours of Business: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
*VisionLink will ONLY help students who want to return to Canada and NOT international students who want to leave Montreal.*

After-Hours Emergency Travel Assistance:
Fees apply
North America (toll free) – 1-888-577-4616
Worldwide (collect) – 1-514-855-4254
Client code: PV20

I am exempt from the travel restrictions currently in place. Does this mean I am guaranteed entry into Canada?

No. Even if you are exempt from the travel restrictions currently in place, this does not guarantee your entry into Canada.

Upon arrival at your Port of Entry (Canadian airport or land border) from the US or any other country, a Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer will examine your request to enter Canada and decide if your admittance is for an “essential purpose”. CBSA officers have the power to refuse you entry if they deem your travel to be “non-essential” or “discretionary”.

It is your responsibility to prove that your travel is essential and that you need to be in Canada at this time (e.g., to resume in-person classes, work a summer job, find an apartment, etc.). Be prepared to provide documents that support your reasons for needing to be in Canada such as a copy of your lease, job offer or pay stub, Proof of Enrolment Letter for a current or future term, etc.).

 

Can the airline deny me boarding my flight back to Canada if I am exempt from the travel restrictions currently in place?

Yes. Everyone travelling to Canada by air is first required to pass a preliminary health check by airline officials before boarding their flight. If you are allowed to board your flight, immigration officials will assess your health when you arrive in Canada before allowing you to enter.

Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to board their plane.

*Find out what you need to have on-hand before travelling.

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.

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 will be quarantined in a facility designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

If you do not have a quarantine plan, you should not travel to Canada.

I am planning to travel to Canada from the US via a land border. Are there any changes to their hours of operation due to Covid-19?

Yes. The CBSA has announced new temporary hours of service for twenty-seven Canadian land border locations. Please visit the Immigration Canada website for a full list of locations and their new, temporary hours of service before making any travel plans.

 
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