Covid-19 Travel Updates for International Students

  • COVID-19 testing required for people flying into Canada


As of January 7, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. See the news release for air travellers.

Mandatory 14-day quarantine or isolation


Everyone entering Canada must follow mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements. Not respecting the mandatory requirements is a serious offence with consequences and penalties.

To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet 2 requirements:

You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.

  • You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory.
  • You must meet these 2 requirements whether you’re studying for 6 months or less or you’re enrolled in a longer study program.

If you’re already studying in Canada and you leave, you won’t be able to return to Canada if your DLI isn’t on the approved list.

Your travel to Canada may be considered essential (non-discretionary) if you have all of the required documents and your DLI is on the approved list.


As a student, your travel to Canada won’t be considered essential (non-discretionary) if:

  • Your study program has been cancelled or suspended, or

You’re entering Canada for any reason other than to study

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