International Students Travel Guidance

Students and families allowed to travel to Canada’s ministers for immigration, health, and public safety announced new travel measures for families and students on Friday, October 2nd.

Now Canada is relaxing travel restrictions on family members, study permit holders along with people entering on compassionate ground

This was just announced in a press conference in Ottawa by Canada’s ministers responsible for immigration, health, and public safety.

Canada’s immigration minister Marco Mendicino stated that extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be able to enter Canada beginning on October 8th.

Effective October 20th, international students enrolled at a Canadian designated learning institution will be able to enter Canada so long as their DLI has a COVID-19 readiness plan that has been vetted by the province or territory that the DLI is located in. DLIs are universities, colleges, and other education institutions approved by the government to welcome international students.

Foreign nationals will be able to apply to enter for compassionate reasons. Such examples include travelling to Canada to attend a funeral, among various other reasons one will be able to apply for a travel exemption on compassionate grounds.

As is the case for all incoming travellers, those exempts must self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering Canada.

Eligible extended family include those who are in exclusive long-term relationships, dependent children, adult children, siblings, and grandparents.

A press release from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stated that detailed information will be provided on its website on October 8th. It said that there will be a robust process in place for extended family members and they must apply for authorization and obtain it before they can enter Canada.

Before today’s announcement, Canada exempted the following immediate family members:

    1. spouses or common-law partners.
    2. dependent children.
    3. dependent children of dependent children.
    4. parents and stepparents, including in-laws; and
    5. guardians or tutors.

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