Date of Post: 2020-01-11
The Government of Canada has announced that as of midnight on January 7, 2021, all travellers five (5) years of age or older coming to Canada by air, regardless of citizenship, must present a negative COVID-19 laboratory test result to the airline before boarding.
Further, the negative result must come from a test conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.
People who do not present a qualified negative result will no longer be able to board the flight.
For detailed news released by the Government of Canada, please visit their website New pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements come into effect for all air travellers flying into Canada.
This new requirement does not affect travellers entering Canada by means other than air, such as by train, bus, boat, and etc. However, there may be other implemented restrictions. Travellers shall consult the Government of Canada before making the trip.
Travellers who are allowed entry to Canada must be in quarantine for 14 days if they do not have symptoms. If they show COVID-19 symptoms after arrival or they know they have COVID-19, they must be in isolation for 14 days.
Coming to Canada as an international student
In addition to the measures above, International students can come to Canada if their travel is considered essential. To have their travel considered essential, they must:
- Already been approved a study permit with a letter of introduction, or have had a valid study permit, and
- The school they are attending has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. People can find whether their school has a COVID-19 readiness plan on the Government of Canada website Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Designated learning institutions reopening to international students.
These requirements apply to international students at levels starting from primary to post-secondary study, regardless of the length of their program.
If you have any questions about this post, please feel free to contact us. If you are interested in studying in Canada, you may visit our Study Permit service page for more information.