For international students arriving during coronavirus Canada offers guidelines.
Some important guidelines for international students en route to Canada are now available on the government website.
The federal government has released a guide for international students who are coming to Canada, and navigating travel restrictions.
It’s called “COVID-19: guide for international students in Canada arriving from abroad.” The government outlines the roles and responsibilities of DLIs, provinces and territories and the government of Canada in supporting international students.
The guides aligned with health advise from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Any international student or their accompanying family members with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to board their flight. If symptoms show up upon arrival in Canada, a health Canada officer will perform a screening and the person may not be allowed to enter, or transported to a hospital for a medical examination.
International students need a study permit or study permit approval, but this is not a travel authorization in and of itself. IRCC will communicate with students once the travel authorization has been granted. This authorization may be cancelled if there are any changes in circumstances at their school, or the province or territory.
In order to be given access to come to Canada, international students need to show the border services officer that they are entering Canada for non-discretionary purposes, and that they are studying at one of the approved DLIs, among other requirements. International students may be refused entry if they do not meet these requirements.
Immediate family members may be allowed to accompany international students. This would include students’ spouses, dependent children, or their legal parent or guardian if they are a minor. Family members must also show border officers that they are travelling for a non-optional, non-discretionary reason, such as helping the student get established in Canada.