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.
On this page:
- Travelling to Canada
- Permits and visas
- Government of Canada COVID-19 support
- Government of Canada-funded scholarship students
- Health care, including mental health
Travelling to Canada
Note: Starting October 30, 2021, travellers departing from Canadian airports (including on domestic, transborder and international flights) and travellers on VIA Rail and rocky Mountaineer trains will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. For more information, read the backgrounder from Transport Canada.
Attention: Updated border measures for eligible fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada
As of September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated foreign nationals are eligible to enter Canada for non-essential purposes. To be eligible, you must meet all entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers from Canada Border Services Agency and Public Health Agency of Canada. Read more in the news release from Canada Border Services Agency.
As of July 5, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada may be exempt from some federal quarantine and testing requirements.
These new measures apply to international students who:
- have a valid study permit
- are fully vaccinated with Government of Canada approved vaccines
- have a negative pre-entry COVID-19 test result
- test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival in Canada if randomly selected
- will be attending a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan
- meet all other entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers from Canada Border Services Agency
Travellers eligible to enter Canada by air 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.
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 and have a:
- 14-day quarantine plan
- negative pre-entry COVID-19 test result
- COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada
Before traveling, ensure you meet the criteria for entry into Canada:
- Travel exemptions and restrictions for international students
- Using the ArriveCAN app to enter Canada
- Flying to Canada requirements checklist
- Driving to Canada requirements checklist
- All direct commercial and private passenger flights from Morocco to Canada are suspended until October 29, 2021.
- As of September 27, 2021, direct flights from India to Canada have resumed. Travellers from India eligible to enter Canada need to follow additional testing measures. For details, read the news release from Transport Canada.
- Backgrounder: international students and travel to Canada
- Backgrounder: easing border measures for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada
- COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada
- Designated learning institutions reopening to international students
- Public Health Agency of Canada Infographic: fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada during COVID-19
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 have received 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.
- Apply for a study permit
- Expired study permit
- Study permit expiring soon
- Biometrics collection
- IRCC offices and visa application centres
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 applied by July 27, 2021.
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) works closely with scholarship program administrators to support its short-term exchange programs recipients. For questions or concerns about short-term exchange programs, contact your host institution in Canada or email email@example.com.
- 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.
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