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NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has introduced restrictions for international travellers, including international students. To enter Canada, students must meet the Government of Canada’s requirements and adhere to the current restrictions for international travellers, including testing and quarantine requirements. Any student planning to enter Canada must notify the International Office four (4) weeks before their travel date to receive assistance. Students should not try to enter Canada without first contacting the International Office.  

Here’s what you need to know:

  • As of October 20, 2020, designated learning institutions (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province or territory are able to reopen to international students who are currently outside Canada. See the list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans. 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.
  • All international passenger flights, including from the United States, will land only at the following four airports: Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal. There are no international flights landing at the Edmonton International Airport at this time.
  • 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. In addition, the Government of Canada has introduced mandatory COVID-19 testing at the airport for individuals arriving on international flights. All international students will be required to take another COVID-19 test after landing in Canada.
  • After arriving in Canada, international travellers, including international students, will have to wait up to three days at a government-approved hotel in the city in which they land for their COVID-19 test results. This hotel stopover will be at the expense of the traveller and will not be reimbursed by Concordia University of Edmonton. The full details are available here.
  • After completing the government mandated hotel stopover, travellers will need to complete their 14-day quarantine, as detailed in their ArriveCAN travel and quarantine plan. The full details are available here. Concordia University of Edmonton is not able to accommodate quarantining students on campus.

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.

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 some of 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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