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Reopening CUE for the 2020-21 Academic Year

International Students

UPDATE (FEBRUARY 3, 2021): On January 29, 2021, The Government of Canada announced new rules on international travel. The details of this announcement are available here.

These rules will apply to international students. All students will have to comply with the new travel requirements.

Effective midnight (11:59 PM EST) February 3, 2021, all international passenger flights, including from the U.S., will land only at the following four airports: Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal airports.

The Government of Canada will be introducing mandatory COVID-19 testing at the airport for individuals arriving on international flights. This COVID-19 test, will be required in addition to the pre-boarding COVID-19 molecular test for air travellers coming to Canada.

Travellers will then have to wait up to three days at a government-approved hotel for their test results, at their own expense. Travellers with a negative test will be able to finish their 14-day quarantine in their accommodation. Travellers with a positive test result will need to stay at a designated quarantine facility.

Non-essential travellers at the ground border with the USA will also need to show a negative COVID test before crossing the border.

What does this mean for CUE students?

  1. International flights are only landing in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal. Students will have to arrange travel to Edmonton from one of these cities.
  2. After arriving in Canada, students will be required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test. Students will need to ensure they have the funds to pay for this test.
  3. Students will need to prepare to wait a minimum of three days in an approved hotel before they can travel to their final place of isolation (where they will need to complete their quarantine).
  4. All travellers, including students, are expected to pay their own expenses at a government-approved hotel. These expenses may be up to $2000 (CAD). For more information visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/mandatory-hotel-stay-air-travellers.html
  5. Students whose COVID-19 test is positive will have to stay in a government quarantine facility.
  6. Students who will enter at the ground border from the USA will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter Canada.

Students are encouraged to discuss their travel plans with the airline in which they booked their travel. In addition, students are encouraged to contact the Canada Border Services Agency directly to ensure they will be able to enter Canada on arrival.

We encourage all students who have questions on this to please contact us at international@concordia.ab.ca.


Starting October 20, 2020, designated learning institutions (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province or territory will be able to reopen to international students who are currently outside Canada. See the list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • If you plan to come to Canada as an international student your DLI must be on the list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans before you travel to Canada. Additionally, you must have a valid study permit, or have been approved for a study permit. This applies to all international students, whether you’re travelling from the United States or from any other country. Find more information here.
    • This change doesn’t affect study permit holders already in Canada. If you’re already in Canada, you can continue studying at any DLI. If you leave Canada, you may not be able to return if your DLI doesn’t have a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory in which you live. For more information, see here.
  • Regardless of citizenship, all travellers five years of age or older must provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests—either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP)—and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.
    • All travellers coming to Canada must present this information at the time of boarding. Failure to do so will mean an automatic denial of boarding by the airline operating the flight to Canada. More information regarding this change is available on IRCC’s website

Readiness Plan

Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) is a DLI and has an active readiness plan in place. As of October 20, 2020, international students attending CUE may enter Canada as long as they meet all government and university requirements.

To enter Canada as a student, you must meet two requirements:

  1. You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.
  2. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory.

Your travel to Canada will be considered essential (non-discretionary) if you have all of the required documents and your DLI is on the approved list. For more information, visit this site.

UPDATE (JANUARY 2021): Regardless of citizenship, all travellers five years of age or older must provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. More information regarding this change is available on IRCC’s website

Details and Updates

  • Eligible international students are now able to travel to CanadaWhile the travel restrictions have been removed, we encourage students to assess their personal situation before making plans to travel.
  • Students who plan to travel to Canada must notify the International Office four (4) weeks before their travel date in order to receive assistance. Student should include details such as their travel date and where they will be doing their quarantine.
  • Students should NOT try to enter Canada without first contacting the International Office (international@concordia.ab.ca) for authorization and to share their intended travel dates and receive additional information, documentation and advice about safely entering Canada at this time.
  • Students who do not notify the International Office will not receive support for their entry into Canada. Students who do not contact the International Office and do not have authorization from CUE along with proper documentation at the border, may be refused entry into Canada by the Canada Border Services Agency.
  • Students must be checking their CUE student email account for important information. Failure to check your email may result in missing important information.  
  • Students who have not already completed CUE’s International Student Immigration Information Survey must do so. This survey should be completed by all current and new international students starting a program in Winter 2021 even those who are currently inside Canada.
  • Students who plan to travel to Canada and have notified the International Office should begin creating their quarantine plan. Find more information here.
  • Students who will be travelling to Canada must stay in close communication with the International Office and carefully review all documentation provided related to travel, COVID-19, etc.

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