Coronavirus COVID-19 information for international students
Find the latest Government of Canada information about travel restrictions, study permits and more. Check back regularly for the latest updates relevant to your situation.
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Travelling to Canada
Note: Starting August 9, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, travellers entering Canada by air will no longer need to stay in a government authorized hotel upon arrival. All travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, based on advice given at the border.
Attention: Updated border measures for eligible fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada
If you don’t qualify for the fully vaccinated exemption and are travelling by air, you must follow quarantine and testing requirements from Transport Canada, including:
Unaccompanied minors or unaccompanied dependent children are exempt from the 3-night hotel stay.
Before traveling, ensure you meet the criteria for entry into Canada:
Permits and visas
For information about how COVID-19 is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services, find the latest updates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
If you submitted your complete study permit application for the Fall 2021 semester by May 15, 2021, you should get a decision by August 6, 2021, in time to attend the Fall semester. If you submitted your application after May 15, 2021, there may be delays. Get more information about processing study permit applications for the fall 2021 semester from IRCC.
On February 12, 2021, the Government of Canada announced that studies completed outside of Canada up to December 31, 2021 will count towards a future Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). You may also be able to complete your entire program online from abroad while still being eligible for a PGWP. These temporary changes apply to all international students who are enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program and meet all other PGWP criteria from IRCC.
If your PGWP is expired or expiring, you may also be eligible for a one-time open work permit of up to 18 months if you apply by July 27, 2021. Find eligibility and application details from IRCC.
Government of Canada COVID-19 support
The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan offers supports for those facing hardship to COVID-19. International students may be eligible for programs such as the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB).
Note that some programs may not be available to international students.
Government of Canada-funded scholarship students
- Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is working closely with scholarship program administrators to support scholarship recipients. For questions or concerns about scholarships, reach out to your host institution in Canada.
- If you are currently in Canada under one of the Student Exchange Programs, including the inbound portion of the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program (CCSEP), you have the option to return to your home country and finish your studies online (if your school offers that option). There will be no penalties for doing so. If you wish to withdraw completely from the program, you will still get a prorated amount of the scholarship.
- For the latest information on Government of Canada-funded scholarships, visit international scholarships news or follow @EduCanada.Official on Facebook.
Health care, including mental health
- Free vaccines will be available to everyone who lives in Canada over the course of 2021. Find out how to get vaccinated near you from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
- For mental health supports near you, check municipal and provincial/territorial resources.
- You can also get professional counselling, information and referrals in both English and French from Kids Help Phone. The service is completely free and confidential. Reach out by phone, text or live chat or call 1-800-668-6868 to get support 24/7.
- To get more information on supports available, contact your health care coverage provider or your host institution’s international students’ office.
- GAC is in regular contact with Canadian education associations across the country. It is our understanding that Canadian institutions are offering mental health support to students.
Official Government of Canada websites
Official website of the World Health Organization