Adjustments to border measures will come into effect July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET for fully vaccinated travellers who are authorized to enter Canada, including study permit holders.
There are no changes to existing entry and quarantine requirements for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers.
It is VERY IMPORTANT for fully vaccinated students to understand and follow the new rules. To be exempt from quarantine, students must:
- Be eligible to enter Canada
- Have no COVID-19 symptoms (be asymptomatic);
- Have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or combination of accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada (see list of accepted vaccines below);
- Have proof of vaccination (in English or French, or a certified translation into English or French);
- Take a COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours before arrival in Canada and obtain confirmation of a negative result;
- Have a suitable back-up quarantine plan in place prior to departure in case border officials deny quarantine exemption upon arrival; and
- Meet all other entry requirements including entering all necessary information into the ArriveCAN app prior to departure.
Accepted vaccines in Canada
- Pfizer (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) – two doses
- Moderna (mRNA-1273) – two doses
- AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, AZD1222, Covishield) – two doses
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) - single dose
Vaccines not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
- Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
- Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
- Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
- Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
See also: COVID-19 Travel Tool Kit, for more detailed guidance and additional resources.
Fully vaccinated students must have a back-up quarantine plan
Fully vaccinated travellers must have a suitable quarantine plan in place and enter the address of their intended place of quarantine in the ArriveCAN app BEFORE travelling to Canada in the event CBSA officers determine they do not meet requirements for quarantine exemption.
Obtaining a suitable back-up quarantine plan through the Study Safe Corridor
In an effort to help them come prepared, Study Safe Corridor (SSC) operator The Student Travels can provide fully vaccinated students with a suitable back-up quarantine plan, at no cost, allowing them to enter a quarantine hotel address into the ArriveCAN app prior to departure. Student may activate their plan if they are denied quarantine exemption upon arrival.
To obtain a free back-up quarantine plan through the Study Safe Corridor, fully vaccinated students should:
- Go to languagescanada.ca/en/travel-safe
- Click on NEW REGISTRATION
- Choose their city of destination
- Answer the question about their vaccination status
Further information and instructions will then be provided.
How the SSC back-up quarantine plan works
The free back-up quarantine plan obtained through the Study Safe Corridor is provided in the form of a letter containing all relevant information and instructions, along with the address of a Study Safe Corridor quarantine hotel, which the student can enter into the ArriveCAN app prior to departure.
Upon arrival, in the event the student does not meet requirements for quarantine exemption, CBSA officers will provide them with instructions for booking a 3-night stay at a government-authorized hotel.
As soon as possible, the student will need to activate their SSC back-up quarantine plan by following the instructions provided in their letter and emailing email@example.com.
The team at the The Student Travels will guide the student through the online process of booking and paying for their Study Safe Corridor quarantine package to fulfill the 11 remaining days of their 14-day quarantine, following their 3 night government-authorized hotel stay.
Please note: Not having a suitable quarantine plan may result in students being denied entry into Canada and returned to their country of origin. We recommend that students who choose to prepare their own quarantine plan use the Canadian government's quarantine plan assessment tool to determine whether or not their plan is acceptable.