Travel Exemptions and Restrictions for International Students
You need to be eligible to travel to Canada at this time if:
-you want to come to Canada to study
-you’re returning to Canada as an international student
-you’re coming to Canada as a family member or support person for an international student
You can find out if you’re eligible to travel to Canada by:
-answering a few questions to find out if you can travel
-reading the travel restrictions and exemptions for international students
Keep in mind:
-Even if you are eligible to travel, you should aim to enter Canada not more than four weeks prior of the start of classes. If you try to arrive in Canada more than four weeks before the start of classes, you may be turned away at the border.
-You will need to quarantine upon entry to Canada unless you meet the fully vaccinated traveller exemption.
COVID-19 Testing Requirements
Pre-entry test requirements
All air passengers 5 years of age and older must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result in order to travel to Canada. There are no exemptions to pre-entry testing for fully vaccinated travellers. See the Getting tested to enter Canada page for full details about accepted test types, what you must bring to provide proof of your test result, where to get tested, and more.
You will be required to take a COVID-19 test before leaving the airport. Learn more about arrival testing and how you can register in advance with the airport test provider to speed up the process.
Mandatory Hotel Stay
-If you are arriving before August 9, you’ll have to do a hotel stopover for three days at a government-authorized accommodation unless exempt.
-If you are arriving on or after August 9, the hotel stopover will no longer be required, and fully vaccinated travellers who meet the requirements will be exempt from quarantine; however, all travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements.
When You Travel to Canada
When the Border Services Officer greets you upon your arrival in Canada, they will look at several factors, including:
-Your reason for travelling to Canada
-Your ability to complete a 14-day quarantine period (unless exempt)
-If you either
-Have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or
-Can study online during your quarantine
You must bring:
-A valid study permit or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit
-A valid letter of acceptance (LOA) from Coquitlam College
-Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.
-Your ArriveCAN receipt/the app on your device
All travellers must have a valid 14-day quarantine plan, even if they may be exempt from quarantine. Before travelling, you can contact the Border Information Service for more information. A border services officer will make a final decision on your eligibility to enter Canada and whether you qualify as exempt from quarantine when you arrive.
You must clearly understand the laws and regulations of the Government of Canada and the Government of BC prior to making travel plans. Always visit the following websites for the most up-to-date information.
–Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International Students
–International students: Travel restrictions and exemptions
–Government of BC: Travel Affected by COVID-19
–Government of BC: BC Provincial Health Officer Orders
–Exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions
–COVID-19 testing for travellers coming to Canada