Travelling to and entering Canada during Covid-19

Due to Covid-19, all new and current USask international students must be aware of the latest travel rules, exemptions, quarantine and testing requirements BEFORE making travel plans.

Whether you are a new student travelling to Canada for the first time or a current student travelling outside of Canada and looking for information on re-entering Canada, you must read the Government of Canada information and prepare accordingly. 

You need to be eligible to travel to Canada at this time if

  • you want to come to Canada to study
  • you’re returning to Canada as an international student
  • you’re coming to Canada as a family member or support person for an international student

You can find this out by

We understand that travelling to Canada can be stressful and overwhelming for many at this time whether you are a new or a current international student. The staff at the International Student and Study Abroad Centre have worked hard to develop a page specifically dedicated to international students about travelling to Canada, exemptions, quarantine, testing and supports available at this time.

We want all students to keep visiting the above page and the Government of Canada website until further notice and contact us if you have more questions.

Attention all current students:

In addition to meeting the current travel rules and exemptions, if you leave Canada, you will need proper and valid immigration documentation to re-enter Canada so be sure to renew your documents before you travel.

To renew your study permit, go here. To get a new visa, go here. Processing times may be longer than expected due to Covid-19, so make sure to check beforehand on IRCC website

Please do not leave Canada if your study permit extension is in process or you do not have a valid visa. For more questions, talk to our staff.

All students planning to travel to Canada must email and confirm your exact travel date, your flight details as well as your intended location for quarantine (if neccessary). This information is required so that USask can provide necessary support to students upon arrival and during quarantine.

Please continue to also follow this page specifically dedicated to international students about travelling to Canada and supports available at this time. Please contact us if you have more questions. We are here for you! 

ArriveCAN app

All travellers, with limited exceptions, whether entering Canada by air or land, must use ArriveCAN. You’ll need to submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.

For information on what kind of travel information you are required to submit and how to use ArriveCAN, please go here

Travel restrictions

Starting January 15, 2022, only travelers who are fully vaccinated with Canadian-approved vaccines will be able to board international flights traveling to Canada. International students will not be exempt from this regulation. Exceptions are allowed for students age of 17 and younger. 

Learn more online from IRCC.

To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet 2 requirements:

For a full list of documents we recommend you posses when travelling, please see Documents required for travel and entry to Canada section here.

We do our best to keep updating this list as the situation changes, but please be aware that travel rules and restrictions can change with little or no warning. Therefore, you must check the Government of Canada website regularly.