Updated on Jul 19, 2021
Yocket presents official Covid-19 updates for aspirants planning to study in Canada. Keep checking this page for updates from Universities, Test Organisation, Consulates and Universal Institute. You may contribute any new updates you have in the comments which you’d like us to share!
(Updated on Monday & Thursday by 11:00 IST)
Entry restrictions for foreign nationals (including the U.S) coming to Canada remain in place, even if they are fully vaccinated. Travellers who are eligible to enter Canada must follow specific requirements.
Recently, the Canadian government has relaxed travel restrictions for international passengers. However, the ease of travel restrictions are not for travellers from India as the direct flights from India are banned till July 21 until further notice.
Foreign tourists who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada for quite some time because the government is unwilling to jeopardize progress made on containing the virus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.
The authorities confirm that From next week, Indians will be allowed to enter Canada by taking connecting flights as direct flights remain prohibited till July 21.
Effective Monday, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents those who have had a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada will be able to skip the 14-day quarantine.
On Wednesday, the European Union governments agreed to allow Canada's most of the states in the safe travel list of non-essential travel.
Last week, Canada extended the travel ban from India until July 21, 2021. However, Canadian authorities state that they’re closely monitoring the situation in India in order to release restrictions as soon as possible.
Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet have decided to move Ontario into Step 2 of the government's reopening plan from June 30, 2021, two days ahead of schedule.
21st June, 2021
The Public Safety Minister of Canada has announced an extension in border restrictions till July 21, 2021 for non-essential travel. However, Canadian embassies will still continue with the Visa application process for Indian students.
The Transport Minister of Canada states that they are planning for a phased reopening of the border to international travel. The restrictions & guidelines for the same will be shared by the Canadian government soon.
Premiers announce regional travel to resume in much of Atlantic Canada, starting from June 23, 2021.
The Canadian authorities state that all air travelers travelling to Canada must reserve a room in a Government of Canada approved hotel for three nights.
Student Rights Canada states that “US consulates have kept international students' visas on top priority and have been making efforts to facilitate student travel for this fall. We can expect the same from Canada as well”.
Canadian government is trying to speed up the second dose of Covid-19 for residents of Delta hot spots to avoid the severe impact of Delta Variant.
Canada plans to relax all Covid-19 & quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens, effective early July.
Canadian transport authorities have made it mandatory for all international travelers to submit their travel info through the ArriveCAN app.
The authorities plan to begin phase 1 of reopening by Friday as the 3rd wave gets less effective.
The Panel recommends ending the mandatory three-day quarantine hotel stay. However, home quarantine policy will still be in effect.
All air travelers entering Canada are required to go through a 14-day mandatory quarantine & other important restrictions. Anyone who violates these safety measures will be charged $2000 more than the current fine charges totalling up to $5000.
Due to the Covid-19 vaccination drive and current cases, Ontario confirms that schools will remain closed until September.
New guidelines presented by IRCC assists the IRCC staff to assess Visa applications for essential workers & international students planning to visit Canada in the current Covid times.
The Supreme Court announces suspension of Grade 12 CBSE board final examination.
The Canada government states that all travelers are required to have reservations in a government approved hotel for three days to quarantine at their own cost with almost no exceptions made to the same.
The Supreme Court on Monday has adjourned its final decision to Thursday, on the plea filed for cancellation of CBSE & ICSE class 12 exams. The Supreme Court should return with a final decision in the next two days.
The Canada government has been focusing more on the first dose leaving most of the citizens partially vaccinated. However, the calculated risk of the new contagious variant led the government to shift their focus to the second dose in order to keep up with their plans of a reopening.
The Maharashtra government has initiated a vaccination program for international students who have received confirmation of admissions in universities abroad and require vaccines for the same. The walk-in program will be effective from 31st May, 2021 to 2nd June, 2021.
Requirements to get vaccinated:
1- 20 or DS - 160 form
Verified confirmed letter to the university
Personal ID documents
The Covid-19 expert advisory panel has recommended that Canada’s current requirement for all incoming air travelers to go through a mandatory 3-day quarantine should be discontinued in ‘government-authorised accommodation’. Fully vaccinated passengers no longer need to take Covid tests or go through a 14-day quarantine. However, travelers who are not vaccinated/partially vaccinated are required to take a test 72 hours prior to the flight & a mandatory quarantine.
Due to the mass vaccination & recent ‘ramp-up’ in the supply of vaccine, Canada has been able to decrease the Covid-19 cases significantly.
The Canadian government is attempting to ‘ramp-up’ Covid-19 vaccination. The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau feels ‘confident’ about all Canadians being vaccinated before September, 2021 which might lead to a reopening.
It is expected that most of the travel restriction & local restriction due to Covid-19 will be eased for this spring or Summer. However, travelers coming from Covid hot-spots/regions will face mandatory quarantine and vaccination proof.
Transport Canada shares new fine/charges for voiding Covid-19 restrictions which suggests that unless exempt, all travellers entering Canada are required to follow a mandatory 14-day quarantine and test routines. Travelers voiding the rule will be charged upto $750 000.
Discretionary (non-essential) travel restrictions between the United States and Canada will be extended to June 21, 2021.
Ottawa confirms that Canadians can avoid Covid-19 restrictions and drive to America to get themselves vaccinated with proper documentation stating a medical necessity for the same.
As most of the foreign countries don’t consider India’s Covaxin to be an effective coronavirus vaccine, international students queue up for Covishield.
McGill university has rolled out detailed guidelines about in-person classes for fall 2021. The University also shared information regarding overall planning progress and insists students to get themselves vaccinated before the semester begins.
Canadian government speeds up the vaccinations in order to meet the demand. The government plans to have a 100% vaccinated status before fall 2021 to allow international & national travel.
According to the Canadian Health Authorities, the availability of Covid-19 vaccines and increasing counts of people vaccinated means that Candians may be able to carry out their domestic travel plans. However, the government still restricts high-risk regions from travelling.
The Prime Minister suggests that the vaccines alone will not be able to stabilize the third wave of coronavirus therefore he plans on continuing the lockdown situation in Ontario until the count of Covid-19 cases are ‘way down’.
The Canadian government and universities plan on resuming in-person classes this fall. The government has returned with a detailed guideline that needs to be followed while continuing with in-person classes.
If you have a valid student permit, the Candian government will allow you into the country on the basis of your university. If your university is read with a Covid-19 plan then you will have to follow the Covid-19 regulations post entry and stick to the norms stated by the university.
The Canadian government holds onto the Alberta travel restrictions and restrictions nationwide. This has significantly impacted the number of international travelling to Canada this year.
Canadian government suggests all the passengers to take mandatory Covid-19 tests and should be vaccinated before entering the country. A mandatory 14-day quarantine has been imposed for all passengers arriving in Canada.
The Covid-19 spread has been affecting Canada rapidly due to International travel. The government has increased fines for Covid-19 rule breakers with more restricted travel & transport in Alberta.
The Covid-19 spread has been affecting Canada rapidly due to International travel. Canada has recorded international variants of Covid-19 which might provoke the government to keep India in the ‘Red-list’ for longer than expected.
The spread of Covid-19 primarily in Ontario has led university and school students to switch back to virtual learning. This expands to Toronto and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.
Due to the Covid-19 spread Canadian government will be restricting immigration for all international students to Ontario province. They also plan to extend the same nationwide.
The Canadian government suggests to submit all study permit applications by May 15, 2021 to receive the final decision by August 6, 2021. However, if applicants submit a complete application after May 15, 2021 the consulate may not be able to process it until the fall semester begins.
The Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai will be limiting all in-person appointments due to the extensive spread of Covid-19 in Mumbai.
Educational Testing Service At Home Testing remains available for aspirants appearing for TOEFL, GRE, HiSET, Praxis/SLS, GACE, ParaPro, PPAT and PASL.
2. Educational Testing Service: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/important-update/
With a high probability of all Canadians being vaccinated by September 2021, universities plan to host in-person classes this fall. International students will be allowed across the Canadian borders under the current circumstances as long as their universities have introduced Covid-19 readiness plans. However, universities will be monitoring the situation overtime and will act accordingly.
Due to the rise of Covid-19 cases, higher Canadian authorities state that all commercial and private flights from India will remain on hold for 30 days, effective 09:00 IST April 23, 2021. However, indirect flights require a minimum quarantine of 14 days and a negative Covid-19 report.
Article Link: https://twitter.com/CanBorder/status/1384514791771889667
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