If your question is not listed in any of these pages, please email international@msvu.ca to receive help.

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 January 19, 2022.

What do I need to travel to Canada?

You must meet the following requirements:

1. Valid passport – 6-months minimum

2. Temporary Resident Visa or eTA; USA passport holders exempted.

3. Valid Study Permit or have received your Letter of Introduction/Study Permit letter of approval.

4. A quarantine plan.

5. Proof of course registration or enrolment letter.

6. Negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to your departure
OR proof of a previous positive test result taken between 11 and 180 days ago)

7. Valid medical exam performed by an IRCC approved physician (if applicable)

Note: a medical exam is only valid for 12 months.

          8. Proof of vaccination – NEW!

Note: Starting January 15, 2022, in order to enter Canada, you need to be fully
vaccinated with any of the vaccines listed here.

What are the vaccines approved for travel to Canada?

  1. Pfizer-BioNTech  (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  2. Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  3. AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, AZD1222, Covishield)
  4. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – single dose
  5. Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  6. Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells)
  7. Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

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 any of the vaccines approved for travel to 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.

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. Letter of Invitation (Study Permit approval) OR a valid Study Permit
  2. Passport
  3. A quarantine plan
  4. MSVU Letter of Acceptance
  5. MSVU Confirmation of Enrolment Letter
  6. Proof of funds
  7. Valid medical exam performed by an IRCC approved physician (if applicable)
  8. Negative results of PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure
    OR proof of a previous positive test result taken between 11 and 180 days ago)
  9. Proof of vaccination – NEW!

Note: Starting January 15, 2022, in order to enter Canada, you need to be fully
vaccinated with any of the vaccines listed here.

Where can I quarantine?

You can quarantine in any location that meets the following requirements:

  1. stay for 14 days or possibly longer
  2. have access to the necessities of life, including water, food, medication and heat without leaving quarantine
  3. can avoid contact with others who did not travel with you
  4. have no visits from family or guests

Assess your quarantine plan here: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/isolation/quarantine-start 

How can I book my transportation from the Halifax airport to my place of quarantine?

You may use any form of transportation (i.e. taxi, Uber, bus, private car, etc).

Can my family visit me or travel with me to Canada?

Starting September 7, 2021, non-essential travel to Canada will be permitted for travellers who are fully vaccinated with any of the listed vaccines here. If your family/friends are fully vaccinated then they may come to Canada for a visit.

Your family may travel with you if they are your dependents or your guardian (if you are a minor) AND they have the following permits:

  • TRV/eTA – USA passport holders are exempted from this
  • Study/Work Permit – if applicable

IMPORTANT: you must travel together. If you won’t be travelling together, please email international@msvu.ca.

Why should I get a Canadian phone number before coming to Canada?

Having a Canadian phone number is essential in avoiding problems as you travel to Canada. You will need it for the following:

  1. ArriveCAN app – communication with any public offical of the federal government
  2. Arrival test registration – communication with Public Health Agency of Canada regarding your COVID-19 test
  3. Contact with MSVU – accessing your advisor in case of emergency upon arrival
  4. Finding off-campus housing – communication with local renters such as apartment companies and private renters

How do I obtain a Canadian phone number from outside of Canada?

PhoneBox is a Canadian mobile service provider offering affordable cell phone plans on 4G LTE networks, powered by Rogers and Telus.

They will mail a SIM card with a Canadian phone number to international students before or upon your arrival in Canada. Having the sim card installed in advance means your Canadian phone number will be active as soon as you arrive in Canada.

Learn more on about how to get your Canadian sim card here: PhoneBox Plans for International Students_2021 MSVU.

I recovered from COVID-19, what do I need to know?

If you have recovered from COVID-19, you must show proof of a previous positive test result taken between 11 and 180 days ago) prior to departure to Canada.

You are currently exempted from pre-arrival testing – no need for proof of negative test (72 hours) prior to departure to Canada.