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 (including the specific address). 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 and exemptions

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

Your travel to Canada will be considered essential (non-discretionary) if you have all of the required documents and your DLI is on the approved list. Note: Both online and in-person classes are considered essential.

As a student, your travel to Canada won't be considered essential (non-discretionary) if

  • your study program has been cancelled or suspended
  • you're entering Canada for any reason other than to study

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. 

Fully-vaccinated traveler quarantine and testing exemptions

Effective September 7, 2021 foreign nationals from outside Canada who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption can enter Canada for discretionary travel.

As of July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully-vaccinated travellers may be exempt from quarantine and testing requirements. International students are included in this policy.

It is the responsibility of the traveler to provide adequate proof of vaccination. If they fail to to so, they will be required to complete quarantine as dictated by the Canadian government.

At this time, there are no exemptions from testing or quarantine for travellers who haven't received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada.

For more information, please see here

Non-vaccinated or partially-vaccinated travellers mandatory quarantine and testing requirements

Travellers who do not meet eligiblity for fully-vaccinated exemptions will be required to complete all quarantine and testing requirements.

Upon arriving in Canada, travelers may be required to quarantine as dictated by the Quarantine Act. Failure to comply may result in fines, penalties or refusal of entry to Canada.

Whether you plan to fly or drive to Canada, the requirements for quarantine and testing are different. Therefore, it is very important that you plan your travels according to the checklists of requirements and up-to-date information prepared by the Government of Canada.

For more information, please visit here

Getting help

Use the International Student Guide to learn about life as an international student at the U of S including immigration matters and information on working and living in Canada.

International Student Guide

If you can't find what you need in the International Student Guide contact The International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC). We are here to help! Drop-in advising is available.