As of February 22, 2021, changes will be made to travel restrictions for international students. All travellers arriving to Canada by air, as of February 22, 2021, will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. Travellers will also be required to reserve, prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. These new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travellers.
You can now travel to Canada if:
- Your Designated Learning Institution has a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the provincial authority (you can find uLethbridge on the list here)
- Your study permit is valid, or your application to study in Canada has been approved, and you have a valid Letter of Introduction indicating that approval, along with the required entry document: TRV or eTA (U.S. citizens do not require an entry document)
- You have a valid IRCC medical exam (if applicable and you have been outside Canada for more thank six months)
Travel to Canada to attend the University of Lethbridge (or any school on the approved list) will be considered non-discretionary or essential, and additional letters or documents will not be required to indicate essential travel. Travel to Canada for other reasons (example, for tourism) will not be considered essential. Students should plan their arrival date accordingly. There are now only four major international airports accepting travellers to Canada: Vancouver International Airport, Calgary International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Montreal-Trudeau International Airport.
All travellers to Canada are required to present a detailed quarantine plan upon arrival. Please see here for guidance on creating your quarantine plan.
The decision to allow entry to Canada is made by the Canada Border Services Agency. Although you may be allowed to enter Canada if you leave, you should keep in mind that with air travel being significantly reduced, it may be difficult to book flights to return to Canada. Because of this, you should consider that leaving Canada at this time may affect your ability to continue your studies. A break in studies could affect your eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit.
We encourage you to seriously consider the personal and public health risks to travelling at this time.