Fully vaccinated international students will no longer have to quarantine in Canada.

Fully vaccinated international students will no longer have to quarantine in Canada if they test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival, according to the latest guidelines for the country’s phased reopening.

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The Canadian government has announced that beginning 5 July 5, 2021, fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will be able to enter Canada without having to quarantine for 14 days. This announcement includes international students. Students will be able to go straight to their homes/residences. They will not have to stay in a government-approved quarantine hotel. They also will not have to take a subsequent COVID test eight days after arrival.

For international students who are not vaccinated, they may still enter. However, they will be required to test thrice (pre-departure, upon arrival, and on the eighth day) and quarantine in Canada.

Only two COVID tests are needed for fully- vaccinated international students in Canada.

International Students will only have to test for the virus twice: Once three days before arriving in Canada, and another time upon arrival. If your second test result is negative (which should take under three days to confirm), you are free to begin your life in Canada.

Bear in mind, international students must have received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines. These vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entry. The proof of vaccination must be in English or French, otherwise, students will need a certified translation.

Vaccines from any country are acceptable, as long as they are one of the four vaccines approved by Health Canada such as Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca. Students will have to have received two doses unless they have received Johnson & Johnson, which is a one-dose vaccine. The government may update the list of vaccines in the future as more evidence comes available.

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International Students should get fully vaccinated before entering Canada.

You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received the complete dose of a vaccine at least 14 days before arrival. Besides the mandatory COVID-19 tests, students must also electronically submit all COVID-19-related information on the ArriveCAN app, or online at the Canada.ca/ArriveCAN website. According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s indication, this will lead to a second phase involving a globally recognized national certification status.

So fully vaccinated international students will no longer be required to quarantine in Canada. However, they will still need to have a quarantine plan in case border officials determine they haven’t met all requirements. Although there is no existing vaccination mandate for international students in Canada, more DLIs may require students to be vaccinated to access certain on-campus privileges in near future.

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