9 Things You Should Know while Preparing for Travelling to Canada during Pandemic

9 Important Things Students Should Know while Preparing for Traveling to Canada during a Pandemic

While traveling to Canada knowing and remembering these key things will play a pivotal role in smoothening your experience as an International student:

  1. The University to which you are going must be on the list of Universities with approved COVID-19 readiness plans.

  2. You can check whether your university is on the list or not here a list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans.

  3. A valid study permit is a must or a letter of introduction as proof of approval of the study permit.

  4. A valid letter of acceptance from your respective university.

  5. Proof of sufficient money to support yourself and family members who are joining you

    1. Immediate family members traveling with you won't need a written authorization from IRCC, yet they must show that their reasons for traveling are absolutely essential i.e., non-optional.

    2. If your immediate family member is also going to study with you or going to work, your applications must be submitted together while applying online.

    3. If they are not going to study or work, they may need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa. For visitor visa, their application should be submitted while applying online for a study permit, for an eTA they should apply separately by following the special instructions for times like these.

    4. If they are going to join you later, they may also need an eTA or a visitor visa.

  6. Apply online for a student permit.

While applying submit the following documents:

  1. Proof of Identity - Valid Passport or travel document

  2. Proof of Acceptance

  3. Proof of Financial support

  4. Custodian declaration (for minors only)

  5. Other documents (depending on your country/region)

In the case of missing documents due to COVID-19, you can submit a letter of explanation.

If you can't apply online because of a disability or due to a problem with your online application then you can apply on paper.

After this, your application will be processed into two phases to check your eligibility.

  1. Contact the Border Information Service before your travel.

  2. ArriveCAN (website/application) must be used before checking in at the airport or crossing the border in order to submit your travel and contact information, quarantine plan, and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.

Carrying ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper) is essential to show the border services officer upon arrival.

  1. Lastly, all public health measures must be followed right from the beginning!

  2. A plan to quarantine for 14 days must be followed.

All these things are applicable to Students, understanding and following them will ensure a safe and hassle-free experience to their dreams which is a priority in today's world!