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The International Education Centre has 2 Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors.

  • Kay Balite, RISIA ID: S715245
  • Amy Braye, RISIA ID: S718279

IMPORTANT: this page has last been updated on April 20, 2022.

What documents do I need to present at the Canadian border or Port of Entry?

Prepare the following documents to present at the border.

  1. Valid passport with a valid Temporary Resident Visa or eTA; USA passport holders do not need a TRV or eTA.
  2. Letter of Introduction/Study Permit letter of approval OR a valid Study Permit.
    Tip: Check information and working conditions on your Study Permit.
  3. Quarantine Plan.
  4. Submit information on ArriveCAN within 72 hours prior to arrival. Take a screenshot for proof.
  5. MSVU Confirmation of Enrolment Letter
  6. Proof of funds
  7. Valid medical exam – IRCC approved physician (if applicable).
    Note: a medical exam is only valid for 12 months.
  8. Proof of vaccination approved for travel by the Canadian Government – REQUIRED for 18 years above!
  9. Proof of positive test to be exempt from arrival test and day-8 test.
    NOTE: positive PCR test must be between 10-180 days prior to arrival.

Can my friend pick me up at the airport?

Your family/friends can pick you up or you may use any form of transportation (i.e. taxi, Uber, bus, private car, etc).

I am fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved for travel into and within Canada. What should I know?

You are no longer required to submit a pre-arrival negative PCR test tkaen 72 hours prior to your arrival.

Upon arrival, you will:

  1. Take the COVID-19 arrival test at the port of entry if randomly selected.
  2. No need to quarantine while waiting for arrival test results.
  3. Follow local public health measures..
  4. Wear a well-fitted mask when in public spaces for the first 14 days after your entry.
  5. Maintain a list of all close contacts and locations you visit for your first 14 days in Canada.
  6. Monitor yourself for signs and symptoms

IMPORTANT: To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have received at least 2 doses of an accepted vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines, or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 full days prior to the day you travel.

  • For example, if your last dose was anytime on Thursday July 1st, then Friday July 16th would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
  • If you are going to cross international date lines or time zones on your way to Canada, you must arrive in Canada on the date that is 14 days or later after your last dose.
    • For example, if you received your last dose on a Thursday, and you arrive in Canada 2 weeks later on the Wednesday, you will not qualify. You would need to arrive on or after the Thursday 2 weeks later.

I am fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved for travel into and within Canada and I have recovered from COVID-19. What should I know?

You are no longer required to submit a pre-arrival negative PCR test tkaen 72 hours prior to your arrival.

Upon arrival, you will:

  1. Take the COVID-19 arrival test at the port of entry if randomly selected.
  2. No need to quarantine while waiting for arrival test results.
  3. Follow local public health measures.
  4. Wear a well-fitted mask when in public spaces for the first 14 days after your entry.
  5. Maintain a list of all close contacts and locations you visit for your first 14 days in Canada.
  6. Monitor yourself for signs and symptoms.

IMPORTANT: To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have received at least 2 doses of an accepted vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines, or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 full days prior to the day you travel.

  • For example, if your last dose was anytime on Thursday July 1st, then Friday July 16th would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
  • If you are going to cross international date lines or time zones on your way to Canada, you must arrive in Canada on the date that is 14 days or later after your last dose.
    • For example, if you received your last dose on a Thursday, and you arrive in Canada 2 weeks later on the Wednesday, you will not qualify. You would need to arrive on or after the Thursday 2 weeks later.

I am not fully vaccinated with a vaccine that is approved for travel into Canada. What should I know?

Starting January 15, 2022, you must be fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines listed here in order to enter into Canada and travel within Canada.

Without proof of vaccination, you will not be permitted to travel to Canada. If you are 17 years or under, you may be permitted to enter without having been fully vaccinated.

I am not fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved for travel into Canada and I have recovered from COVID-19. What should I know?

Starting January 15, 2022, you must be fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines listed here in order to enter into Canada and travel within Canada.

Without proof of vaccination, you will not be permitted to travel to Canada. If you are 17 years or under, you may be permitted to enter without having been fully vaccinated.

If you have recovered from COVID-19, you must show proof of a previous positive PCR test result taken between 10 and 180 days ago prior to departure to Canada. You will be exempted from arrival test and day-8 test.