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International Students Must Be Vaccinated To Enter Canada From January 15

By Yash Yadav

The Canadian government announced that all international students must be fully vaccinated in order to enter Canada from January 15, 2022. This also includes the international students who were previously permitted to enter Canada despite not being fully vaccinated.

The government also specified that changes will be made regarding testing and quarantine exemptions for certain travellers, regardless of citizenship, entering Canada. Presently, partly vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers or students will not be allowed to enter Canada.

Travelling to Canada: What international students should know

A full vaccine or combination of vaccines accepted by the Canadian government should be received by the international students entering Canada. The final dose must be administered at least 14 days prior entering to Canada. Vaccines approved by Canada are:

-Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty
-Moderna Spikevax
-AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD
-Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
-Bharat Biotech Covaxin
-Sinopharm BIBP

Fully vaccinated travellers must also meet all other entry requirements, which include being asymptomatic upon arrival, possessing a paper or digital copy of their proof of vaccination in English or French (or a certified translation), and having an acceptable quarantine plan, if necessary.

Earlier, international students having a valid study permit or who had been approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, were allowed to enter Canada.

Canada is one of the leading study abroad destinations that are welcoming international students despite the pandemic. According to research conducted by IDP Connect last year, student perceptions of Canada as a study abroad destination are still positive.

Moreover, a third of students (39%) said Canada was their first option, followed by the United States (17%), the United Kingdom (17%), and Australia (16%).

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