[2022 update] What international students should know before traveling to Canada​

[2022 update] What international students should know before traveling to Canada

International students who travel to Canada in 2022 must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada from 15th Jan, 2022 announced the Canadian government. This ruling includes international students traveling to Canada and individuals who were previously allowed to enter the country without being fully vaccinated.


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[2022 update] What international students should know before traveling to Canada

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1.Entry requirements for international students travel to Canada 2022

The government said there will also be changes to testing and quarantine exemptions for certain travellers, regardless of citizenship, entering Canada. Currently, unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated foreigners will only be allowed to travel to Canada if they meet an exemption.  

International students traveling to Canada should receive the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Canadian government. The final dose must be administered at least 14 days before entering the country. Canada’s approved vaccines currently include:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
  • Sinopharm BIBP
  • Sinovac/CoronaVac/PiCoVacc

Fully vaccinated travelers must also meet all other entry criteria, including being asymptomatic upon arrival; having a paper or digital copy of their proof of vaccination in English or French (or certified translation); and having a suitable quarantine plan, in case it is required.

Previously, traveling to Canada was possible for international students who held a valid study permit or who had been approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020; and international students attending a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) that has obtained prior approval of its response plan to control the spread of COVID-19 from the provincial government.

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2. Can international students travel to Canada in 2022?

If you are a fully vaccinated non-essential traveler you are allowed to enter Canada as of September 7, 2021.

To verify if you are allowed to enter Canada at this time, you may use ArriveCAN

If you are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated against COVID-19, you can only enter Canada if you meet one of Canada’s travel restriction exemptions and comply with Canada’s special travel requirements. The following individuals may cross the border into Canada even if they are not vaccinated:

  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents
  • Immediate family of Canadian citizens and permanent residents (spouses, common-law partners, dependent children, grandchildren, parent or step-parent, and guardian or tutor)
  • Extended family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents, (individuals in an exclusive and long-term relationship and their dependent children; non-dependent children, grandchildren, siblings, half-and step-siblings and grandparents)
  • Foreign nationals who hold a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)
  • Temporary foreign workers
  • Foreign nationals entering Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds in special circumstances, such as terminal illness, serious injury or death.
  • International students who held a valid study permit or who had been approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020
  • International students attending a Designated Learning Institution that has obtained prior approval of its response plan to control the spread of COVID-19 from the provincial government.

As of January 15, 2022, certain groups of travellers who are currently exempt from entry requirements will only be admitted to Canada if they are fully vaccinated.

These groups of travellers are family reunification travellers (unvaccinated children 18 years of age or younger are still exempt if they are travelling to join an immediate or extended family member who is fully vaccinated or a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a person registered under the Indian Act).

International students 18 years of age and older will also be required to be fully vaccinated, as will professional and amateur athletes, persons with valid work permits, including temporary foreign workers (other than those in the agriculture and agri-food sectors), and essential service providers, including truck drivers.


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3. Can visitors study as international students inside Canada?

Visitors inside Canada can study as international students if they change their visitor visa to study permit.

Visitors can get their study permit within a month with Canada Admission Hub.

Step 1 : Get Admission in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)

Our Education Consultants are experts in changing Visitor Visa Status to Temporary Resident Status. They will guide you throughout the process.

Step 2: Apply for Study Permit

Get Admission into a DLI institute. You can apply for a Study Permit after you get your offer letter and enjoy the benefits of a Study Permit.

Step 3: Complete Your Study Term

Study for a minimum of 8 months in a Designated Learning Institute (DLI), in order to be eligible for PGWP.

Step 4: Get Your Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)

Get your Open Work Permit once you complete your study term and enjoy the benefits of PGWP. The total process of changing status from a visitor to the point you get Work Permit ranging between about 10 – 17 months.


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Admission Hub is one of the largest International Student Immigration Firm based in Toronto & Vancouver. Currently, it operates in the following markets: Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Europe, Vietnam, and India.

Our parent company CVH Immigration Ltd. Admission Hub is helping and supporting International Students around the world to Study, Work, and Immigrate to Canada. We are proud to partner with over +150 Canadian Institutions.

If you want help with your Study Visa application, the first step is to BOOK A CONSULTATION with Admission Hub’s Consultant, share your background and our consultant will reach out to provide you with as much assistance as possible.

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