Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada recently released a new guide COVID-19: A Guide for International Students in Canada Arriving from Abroad

The eight page document aims to “put in place a consolidated set of guidelines to support the return of international students and outline the roles and responsibilities of Designated Learning Institutions, Provinces and Territories, and the Government of Canada.”

It has five sections as follows:

  • Section 1 – Introduction
  • Section 2 – What is COVID-19 (coronavirus)?
  • Section 3 – What you need to know before leaving your country
  • Section 4 – Roles and responsibilities
  • Section 5 – Fundamental Values for Race, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion

Download the guide

Canada reopening to international students

As of October 20, 2020, some designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada can reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada and who:

To be able to reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada, DLIs must have a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province or territory that:

  • protects the health and safety of all students and the surrounding community
  • describes how they will manage the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for international students, including arrangements for transportation to the students’ quarantine location
  • provides information and support to international students about
    • how they can get the items they need for their quarantine, like food and medications
    • health insurance
    • remaining healthy while in Canada

International students can check if their DLI is listed on this Government of Canada webpage.