Update for International Students – 22nd Feb 2021
Greetings from College Avalon!
Here’s a quick update for those of you in the early stages of planning your travel for the Winter and Spring 2021 intake:
We know many of you are wondering if and when you can enter Canada. COVID-19 has made international travel complicated, and while we can’t wait to welcome you to College Avalon, we want to make sure you have the most up-to-date and accurate information about cross-border travel so you can plan with the risks and restrictions in mind. Remember that no matter where you’re living now, College Avalon is here for you.
*Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has confirmed that all post-secondary designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Québec are approved. This includes College Avalon. www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students/approved-dli.html
- Travellers flying to Canada must present the airline with proof of a negative COVID-19 test to beallowed to board the plane. The test must have been taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to boarding the flight and must be a PCR test. Please consult the Government of Canada website for details.
- Additionally, as of February 22, 2021, all travellers (with some exceptions) will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to Canada and quarantine for three nights at a government-authorized hotel at their own expense while they wait for the results. The estimated cost to travellers could be up to $2,000.The list of hotels and the booking procedure can be found at
If the results of your COVID-19 test that you took upon arrival to Canada are negative, you can continue the rest of your 14-day quarantine at home or another pre-determined location. If the results of your COVID-19 test that you took upon arrival to Canada are positive, you will be required to complete your 14-day quarantine at a designated government facility at your own expense.
- International students should confirm their eligibility for health-care coverage in Canada and, if not covered, they should make arrangements to purchase comprehensive private health insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage, before departure. Upon arrival, Border Services Officers will assess the circumstances surrounding the student’s travel. Students are strongly encouraged to make use of the ArriveCan App (https://travel.gc.ca/returning, which makes it easier to provide mandatory information upon entering Canada.
- Montreal Pierre-Elliot Trudeau airport: International students must have a quarantine plan for 14 days (including the Govt designated hotels for first 3 nights) and must demonstrate to a Border Services Officer, or PHAC Officer, that they have a suitable plan in place; otherwise, they may be refused entry. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure there are appropriate arrangements in place for their quarantine, which includes physical distancing from others, and avoiding contact with vulnerable people such as people 65 years or older, or people with underlying medical conditions. Public living areas should be avoided. As such, hostels and residences with shared living accommodations are not acceptable for quarantine or isolation. Failure to comply with this Order is an offense under the Quarantine Act. Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months. Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or to imprisonment of up to three years, or to both. Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance.
According to the guidelines for Montreal-Trudeau airport, only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to use ground transportation (ex. Taxi, Uber).
Taxis: Drivers must clean their cars between each customer, wear a mask and wash their hands.
Wearing a mask/face covering that covers the nose and mouth is mandatory in enclosed or partially enclosed public places, including on public transit.
Source: Montreal Trudeau International Airport https://yulsatisfaction.admtl.com/hc/en-ca/categories/360001727497-Travel-with-confidence-at-YUL
- Curfew: As of Saturday, January 9, 2021, a curfew will be in effect. Between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Quebecers must not leave their homes except in cases that justify travel. www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus
- In addition, students are responsible for following the requirements of federal quarantine, and other COVID-19 guidelines and advice as issued by the Government of Canada https://travel.gc.ca/
- Grocery stores in Montreal offer contact-free delivery (ex. Metro, IGA, Provigo). To pay for groceries, you will need to bring a credit card since you won’t be able to open a bank account in Canada until your quarantine period of 14 days is over. Some grocery stores may not accept foreign credit cards, however Wal-Mart and Uber Eats have been known to accept them.
Documents to Travel With
When entering Canada make sure that you bring the following documents with you:
- a valid study permit or a copy of your Port of Entry Letter of Introduction (study permit approval letter)*;
- a copy of a valid letter of acceptance from College Avalon and proof of enrolment, if you are returning student;
- proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada;
- your CAQ;
- a valid eTA or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). * ONLY U.S. Citizens are exempt from needing an eTA or a TRV. For more information on entry requirements, see IRCC’swebsite;
- yourpassport; AND
- all other supporting documents you included in your study permit application.