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Canada Travel Restrictions International Students Should Know About

Beginning January 15, 2022, new Canada border regulations will permit more International students to start their further education in Canada.

Canada has announced recently certain changes to its border regulations for some exempted travellers, which includes overseas students. From November 30, 2021, the list of Covid-19 vaccines that travellers can obtain to be recognized as fully vaccinated will be expanded in Canada.

Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson and Johnson are among the vaccinations that have previously been authorized. Vaccines such as Sinopharm, Sinovac, and COVAXIN are being added to the current list in Canada. Before students are allowed to cross the border, they must be completely vaccinated.

“Health and safety will always remain at the forefront of any decision our government makes in the fight against Covid-19,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health of Canada.

Duclos further said, “the upcoming changes to Canada’s border testing and entry requirements reflect the next stage in our government’s approach as we align with the improving vaccination rates both here in Canada and around the world. The situation at our borders remains closely monitored, with officials and experts continuing their work to evaluate the measures in place and recommend necessary adjustments as required.”

This indicates that beginning January 15, 2022, only international students who have been completely vaccinated with approved vaccines will be permitted to enter the country. They can only enter Canada if they meet an exception if they do not have these permitted immunizations.

If students do not have an authorized vaccine or an exemption, they will be unable to enter Canada due to border restrictions. Before travelling to Canada, students should check if they are entitled to enter and meet all entrance requirements, as well as comprehend Canada border regulations.

Furthermore, some provinces and territories may impose their own admission limitations. Fully vaccinated people having the right of entrance to Canada who leaves and returns within 72 hours after leaving the country will not be required to submit to a pre-entry Covid-19 test after November 30, 2021.

Only fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or those registered under the Indian Act who leave and re-enter by land or air and can verify that they have been gone from Canada for less than 72 hours are eligible for this exemption.

Canada will also broaden the list of Covid-19 vaccinations that travelers can get to be considered completely immunized for the purpose of travel to Canada, commencing November 30, 2021. Sinopharm, Sinovac, and COVAXIN will be on the list, which will correspond to the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing.

Vaccination will be required for travel within and outside of Canada beginning November 30. Unless travellers qualify for one of the limited exclusions, such as a medical inability to get vaccinated, a valid Covid-19 molecular test will no longer be considered as an alternative to vaccination.

As of November 30, travellers should contact their airline or train company to receive the required form and submit it according to their carrier’s approval process.

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