ISS is here for you.

All services continue to be offered remotely during regular business hours.

COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services: JULY 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). However, as of July 5th, 2021 at 12:01am ET, 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. Please note, the 14-day quarantine will continue to be required for all other travellers who do not meet the requirements to be considered fully vaccinated. See our Entering Canada page on Quarantine exemption for fully vaccinated travellers for all of the important details.
           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.  

What to do in Quarantine?

Checklist for Your Quarantine Period 

Are you worried about how to fill up your days during your 14-day quarantine? ISS has organized a logistics checklist and a list of activities and mental health resources to ensure a healthy and smooth transition to daily life in Montreal. Checking the items off this list will help you get ahead on the logistics of settling into Montreal and Canada and will also help you keep busy.


  • Enroll on the McGill Quarantine Listserv to get connected to others in quarantine and get an invite to our virtual quarantine party!
  • Compare and purchase a cell phone plan(ex. Videotron, TELUS, Bell, Virigin Mobile)
    • Note: Most telecommunications companies allow you to order your SIM card online. Make sure to compare phone plans before purchasing a SIM card
  • Order online groceries (Walmart is the only grocery store that will accept international Visas until you can open a Canadian bank account)
  • Research banks and student plans (ex. TD, Scotia Bank, RBC, Bank of Montreal, Desjardins)
  • Browse the list of student clubs and associations you may want to join  
  • Read up about your International Student Health Insurance (IHI) Plan
  • Follow ISS on Facebook and Instagram

Fun things to do during quarantine: 

Health and Wellness Resources


Therapy Assisted Online (TAO): McGill students have free access to therapy modules, mindfulness library, and more.

Meditation & Mindfulness apps:

  • Insight Timer
  • Headspace
  • Calm
  • Ten Percent
  • Tide

Peer Support:

Professional Support:

McGill Student Wellness Hub (closed from from Dec. 24 2020 – January 3rd 2020 inclusively)

Maple Virtual Care: remote 24/7 consultations with doctors, available from within Canada, free for international students on IHI plan

Keep.meSAFE: remote 24/7 counseling services available to McGill students from anywhere in the world (in up to 60 different languages)

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