IRCC has announced new rules for International Students about Travel restrictions in Canada, which will be effective from October 20. According to the new rules, International students will be able to travel to Canada from October 20 if their designated learning institution (DLI) has a government-approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco E. L. Mendicino, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair, and Health Minister Patty Hajdu have made an announcement that, in addition to the border restrictions that remain in place, the Government of Canada is further strengthening the public health safety at the border and enforcing quarantine monitoring.
The Canadian government is also increasing digital documents and processes to allow critical information to be shared more quickly with provinces and territories.
The mandatory quarantine will require travelers to quarantine or isolate for 14 days immediately upon entry to Canada (unless they are expressly exempt), which has been effective. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) apply to all international students, regardless of which country they are traveling from and receiving approval for a Canadian study permit.
Registered institutions are expected to provide an exact plan to their provincial or territorial government to provide information to international students on health and travel requirements before they arrive in Canada. That includes students’ quarantine plans with the necessities of life, such as food and medication, during their quarantine,” said the IRCC.
The IRCC will post a list of schools with approved COVID-19 readiness plans on its website. The list will be updated regularly as more schools are approved. International students studying at any Canadian Institution with an approved readiness plan and appropriate documents to come to Canada will be considered non-discretionary and non-optional. Immediate family members, such as a spouse or common-law partner, a dependant, or parent or legal guardian (if the student is a minor), may accompany the student to Canada if their reason for travel is granted non-optional or non-discretionary. International students, along with any accompanying family members, will have to abide by the mandatory 14-day quarantine period on entering Canada and all other public health measures. The IRCC advises students not to make any travel arrangements before meeting all requirements and receiving necessary authorizations.