Canada has released a guide for international students who are arriving in the country and navigating travel restrictions.
It’s called “COVID-19: a guide for international students in Canada coming from abroad.” The government states the roles and responsibilities of Distance Learning Institutions (DLIs), provinces and territories, and the federal government of Canada in supporting international students.
The guide is linked with health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Below are some of the important points. International students can check the guide on the government webpage.
What to Know Before Coming to Canada
Any international student or their immediate accompanying family members with symptoms of coronavirus disease will not be allowed to board their flight.
If the symptoms shows up upon arrival in Canada, a health Canada officer will conduct screening, and the person may not be allowed entry or taken to a hospital for a medical examination.
International students need a study permit approval, but this is not a travel authorization in and of itself. Canadian immigration ministry will be in contact with students once the travel authorization has been granted.
This authorization may be canceled if there are any changes in circumstances at their DLIs, or their destination province or territory.
In order to be granted access to come to Canada, international students need to prove to the border services officer that they are arriving in Canada for non-discretionary purposes and that they are studying at one of the approved schools, among other requirements. Foreign students may be refused entry if they do not meet these criteria.
Immediate family members may be allowed to come with foreign students. This would include students’ spouses, their dependent children, or their legal parent or guardian if they are a minor. Family members must also prove to immigration officers that they are traveling for a non-discretionary, a non-optional reason, such as helping the student get started in Canada.
International students and their accompanying family members have to quarantine for fourteen (14) days upon the arrival. They need to wear a face or mask covering during travel, including their place of quarantine.
Before coming to Canada international students need to make a quarantine plan. Immigration officers will also consider this plan when evaluating if the student can enter the country.
While in quarantine, students should make sure that they have personal accommodations and that they monitor themselves for symptoms.
They should avoid public spaces and shared accommodation. They also need to arrange to have access to basic essentials like food and medicine.
In addition to physical distancing, they have to avoid contact with people who are vulnerable to severe illness, such as aged people, and people with underlying sickness, or who are immunocompromised.
Places with shared living accommodation, such as hostels, are not acceptable for isolation for quarantine. International students living with other individuals, such as with a host family, will need to self-isolate from other members in the home.
This means having a separate washroom and bedroom if possible. It also means physical distancing from other members of the house and frequently disinfecting surfaces.
Minors must also go through mandatory quarantine. Parents or guardians must make sure that proper arrangements have been made for their child or ward before they leave for their home country.
Also, international students are required to check their eligibility for health-care coverage and Canada. If they are not covered, they can get private insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage prior to departure.
The penalties for breaking the quarantine rule can include a fine of up to $750,000 and six months in jail. If an individual causes harm or risk of imminent death as a result of breaking quarantine rule, they can be fined up to $1 million, and may face imprisonment of up to three years.