Some important guidelines for international students en route to Canada are now available on the government website.
Nigeria online news reports that the federal government has published a guide for international students coming to Canada and navigating travel restrictions.
It’s called “COVID-19: A Guide for International Students in Canada arriving from abroad.” The Government outlines the roles and responsibilities of DLIs, Provinces and Territories, and the Government of Canada in supporting international students.
The guide is aligned with the Public Health Agency of Canada health advice.
Here are some of the important points. International students can view the guide on the government website.
What to know before coming to Canada
Any international student or their accompanying family members with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to board their flight. If symptoms appear upon arrival in Canada, an evaluation will be conducted by a Canadian health official and the person may not be allowed to enter or be transported to a hospital for a medical examination.
International students can come to Canada to go to school at an institution that has a coronavirus preparedness plan. The list of approved institutions is kept up to date on the government website.
International students need a study permit or approval of a study permit, but this is not a travel authorization in itself. IRCC will contact students once travel authorization has been granted. This authorization can be canceled if there is any change in the circumstances of your school, province or territory.
To gain access to come to Canada, international students must show the Border Services Officer that they are entering Canada for non-discretionary purposes and that they are studying in one of the approved DLIs, among other requirements. International students can be denied entry if they do not meet these requirements.
Immediate family members may be allowed to accompany international students. This would include the students’ spouses, dependent children, or their parents or legal guardians if they are minors. Family members must also show border officials that they are traveling for a non-optional or non-discretionary reason, such as helping the student settle in Canada.
Canada quarantine plans
International students and their accompanying family members must be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival. They must wear a mask or cover their face during the trip, including the quarantine place.
Before coming to Canada, students must make a quarantine plan. Border officials will also consider this plan when determining if the student can enter the country.
While in quarantine, students should ensure that they have individual accommodations and monitor themselves for symptoms. They should avoid public and shared spaces. They also need to arrange for basic necessities like food and medicine. In addition to physical distancing, they should avoid contact with people who are at higher risk for serious illnesses, such as older adults and people with immunosuppressed or underlying medical conditions.
Places with shared accommodation, such as shelters, are not acceptable for quarantine or isolation. International students living with other people, such as a host family or accommodation provider, will need to isolate themselves from other members in the accommodation or home. This means having a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible. It also means physical distancing from other household members and frequent surface disinfection.
Minors must also undergo mandatory quarantine. Parents or guardians should ensure that the necessary arrangements have been made for their child before they leave for their home country.
Additionally, international students are asked to confirm their eligibility for Canadian and health care coverage. If they are not covered, they can get private insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage before departure.
Penalties for breaking the quarantine can include a fine of up to $ 750,000 and six months in jail. If someone causes bodily harm or risk of imminent death as a result of breaking the quarantine, they can be fined up to $ 1 million and face a prison sentence of up to three years.