COVID-19: Guidelines for International Students on Arrival

COVID-19: Guidelines for International Students on Arrival

Dear Students/Agents,

Please read important information below related to COVID-19 and requirements for international travel to Canada. Please ensure that you read the entire information and prepare yourself/your students accordingly, before boarding the flight to Canada to prevent any issues upon arrival.

What is COVID-19 (coronavirus)
COVID-19 is a viral infectious disease that can vary in severity, with some individuals having no, or very mild symptoms, others may develop respiratory symptoms, including pneumonia, and some may develop severe and life threatening multi-system disease. COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), meaning it is circulating globally, and there is little to no population immunity to the disease. Most people who are infected with COVID-19 will have a mild illness and will recover on their own. Some people who have more severe cases of COVID-19 will require care from a health care provider or hospitalization. COVID-19 may be diagnosed by a health care provider based on signs and symptoms, and/or confirmed through laboratory tests.

For more information about COVID-19 and its signs and symptoms, consult the Government of
Canada’s website at

What you need to know before leaving your country
Any international student with COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to board their flight to Canada. If symptoms occur upon arrival, a health assessment will be performed by a PHAC Officer and the individual may not be allowed to enter Canada, or if necessary, the individual may be transported to a hospital for a medical examination. Among other requirements to be granted entry to Canada, an international student will be required to demonstrate to a Border Services Officer, or PHAC Officer, that they have a suitable plan for quarantine in place; otherwise, they may be refused entry. Any international student who is found to be in violation of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period may be penalized under Canadian law.

Currently, international students may enter Canada for the purposes of pursuing a program of post-secondary study, for which they have secured a study permit or approval, subject to conditions set out in the Quarantine Act, and Emergency Orders made under the Quarantine Act.

All travellers entering Canada, including international students, are required to undergo the necessary health checks, must wear a non-medical mask or face covering during travel, including to their place of quarantine, and they must quarantine (if asymptomatic) or isolate (if symptomatic) for 14 days upon arrival in Canada, in accordance with the requirements set out in the Emergency Order Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation)

Upon arrival, international students must be able to demonstrate that they have a plan in place to support their initial 14-day mandatory quarantine or isolation period in Canada.

Failure to comply with this Order is an offense under the Quarantine Act. Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months. Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or to imprisonment of up to three years, or to both. Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance. In addition to the offenses under the Quarantine Act, international students and their dependents, as Temporary Residents or Foreign Nationals authorized entry, may face consequences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, such as being deemed inadmissible and subject to a removal order, for any non-compliance with quarantine requirements under the Quarantine Act.

International students must be reminded that a student permit alone is not a travel authorization. IRCC will communicate to international students once travel authorization has been granted and remind them that this authorization may be cancelled if the circumstances in their destined institution or province change.

International students should enter Canada with a plan for quarantining for at least 14 days in advance of their first day of their program of study in order to be in compliance with the existing Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act, requiring mandatory quarantine upon arrival.  

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure there are appropriate arrangements in place for their quarantine, which includes physical distancing from others, and avoiding contact with vulnerable people such as people 65 years or older, or people with underlying medical conditions. Public living areas should be avoided. As such, hostels and residences with shared living
accommodations are not acceptable for quarantine or isolation.

In addition, students are responsible for following the requirements of federal quarantine, and other COVID-19 guidelines and advice as issued by the Government of Canada
(, the province or territory, the municipality where the student will reside, or issued by the institution where the student will study.

International students should make arrangements to purchase comprehensive private health insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage, before departure. Upon arrival, Border Services Officers will assess the circumstances surrounding the student’s travel. Students are strongly encouraged to make use of the ArriveCan App, which makes it easier to provide mandatory information upon entering Canada.

In addition, during their stay in Canada, international students must continue to comply with the federal, provincial and territorial laws and regulations, as well as the guidelines established by local authorities and their respective institutions.

We look forward to hosting international students at CIMT College, but also feel responsible towards the community at large, hence we request students to strictly follow these guidelines and adhere to the updated policies issued by IRCC.

Please note:- CIMT College is accepting international students applications for upcoming intakes and in person classes starting from August 2020.

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