To manage the outbreak of COVID-19, Canada has implemented travel restrictions to stop non-essential travel to Canada by most foreign nationals with only a few exemptions. For more information about the travel restrictions and exemption, please visit IRCC’s website. As an international student, you may be exempt from the travel restrictions with a valid study permit or if you have been approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020.
As of April 20, new measures have been introduced that all international travelers must use non-medical masks or face coverings to cover their mouth and nose during travel. When you arrive in Canada, you will go through a health screening check before you are allowed to leave the port of entry (e.g. airports). You are also required by law to isolate for 14 days even if you have no COVID-19 related symptoms. In addition, all international travelers returning to BC must submit a self-isolation plan for approval prior to their return or upon arrival to BC.
Depending on how COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the current travel restrictions may be lifted, changed, or extended further. Due to the fluidity of the pandemic, it is strongly recommended that you closely monitor these in preparation of your arrival in Canada. We are also here to support you and have developed a self-isolation guide for incoming international graduate students.