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: As of December 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST, the entry prohibition for foreign nationals, including international students, who have been in any of the listed countries—Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe—has been lifted.

  • As of December 21, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. EST, the requirement of pre-arrival testing is in place again for trips of all durations. This pre-arrival test must be taken in a country other than Canada.
  • Unvaccinated travellers, with right of entry to Canada, will continue to be tested on arrival and day 8 and quarantine for 14 days. However, those arriving by air will now be required to stay in a designated quarantine facility while they await the result of their on arrival test.
  • For details, see the news release from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Attention: Updated border measures for international students

Starting January 15, 2022, international students 18 years and older will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by Health Canada. Children under the age of 18 must continue to follow testing, quarantine and other entry requirements.

Updated border measures for eligible fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada

All travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, based on advice given at the border.

Before traveling, ensure you meet the criteria for entry into Canada:

Travelling within Canada

As of October 30, 2021, travellers departing from Canadian airports (including on domestic, transborder and international flights) and travellers on VIA Rail and rocky Mountaineer trains are required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel.

Foreign nationals who reside in Canada temporarily, and who entered Canada as unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, will be allowed to leave the country without being fully vaccinated up until February 28, 2022. After that time, foreign nationals will need to be fully vaccinated to board a flight or train in Canada.

Travel restrictions

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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).

Study permits

Work permits

On November 26, 2021, the Government of Canada announced that studies completed outside of Canada up to August 31, 2022 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.

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

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.