If your question is not listed in any of these pages, please email your International Student Advisor, Kay Balite, kay.balite@msvu.ca to receive help.

Kay Balite is certified by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor. RISIA ID #: S715245.

IMPORTANT: this page has last been updated on September 14, 2021.

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 (if not fully vaccinated).

6. Negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to your departure (if applicable).

7. Valid medical exam – IRCC approved physician (if applicable).
Note: a medical exam is only valid for 12 months.

          8. Proof of vaccine (if applicable).

What are the vaccines approved by the Government of Canada?

  1. Pfizer-BioNTech  (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  2. Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  3. AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, AZD1222, Covishield)
  4. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) – single dose

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 – IRCC approved physician (if applicable)
  8. Negative results of PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure (if applicable)
  9. Proof of vaccine (if applicable)

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 yopur 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?

If you are unvaccianted, you must book a private taxi to pick you up from the Halifax airport to your place of quarantine.

If you are vaccinated, 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, non-essential travel to Canada will be permitted for fully vaccinated travellers. 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 recovery that is within 14 to 90 days prior to departure to Canada (a positive test result followed by a negative test result)

You are currently exempted from:

  1. Pre-arrival testing – no need for proof of negative test (72 hours) prior to departure to Canada.
  2. Arrival testing – no need to complete federal quarantine at Point of Entry (POE).

Please note: you are still required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Nova Scotia if you are not fully vaccinated.