Information for International Students

Travelling to Canada

If you are currently outside Canada, have a valid study permit, or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, you may be exempt from current COVID-19 travel restrictions if the travel is for a non-discretionary or non-optional purpose.

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IMPORTANT! According to IRCC:

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that starting October 20, 2020, Canadian Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province or territory will be able to reopen to international students who are currently outside Canada. A new list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans is now available. If you plan to come to Canada as an international student on or after October 20, 2020, your DLI must be on the list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans before you travel to Canada. This change will apply to all international students traveling from outside Canada.
  • You must have a plan for how you will self-isolate for 14 days when you get to Canada and how you will obtain medical care if you become sick. While in self-isolation, you will be unable to leave where you are staying for any purpose. If you do not have a plan for self-isolation, including how you will buy groceries and access other essential services, please delay your travel until you have made one.
  • As of March 31, 2020, anyone arriving in Canada in any mode (air, land, marine, or rail) must provide their contact information to a border services officer when seeking entry. This information is collected on behalf of Public Health Agency of Canada to support compliance to, and enforcement of, the 14-day quarantine or isolation requirement outlined in the Order in Council. Travellers are encouraged to download the mobile ArriveCAN App prior to arrival to reduce wait times and limit contact at the border. The App is available on the Apple App and Google Play stores.
  • For the latest on cross-border programs and services, travellers can call the CBSA’s Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999.

For more information, please visit the IRCC website.

If you are arriving in Regina after international travel, including the United States, please review this Information Sheet for Students Arriving from International Travel, Including the United States document. For further information, please visit the Government of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 website.
Download the Government of Canada’s ArriveCAN App  

As a best practice, international students and their co-arriving immediate family members are encouraged to download the Government of Canada’s ArriveCAN mobile application prior to arrival at the border and complete the information required.

Further information about the ArriveCAN app can be found on the following websites: Government of Canada’s COVID-19 website.

Pre-Departure Flow Chart

Pre-Arrival Flow Chart

Arrival Flow Chart

Current Canadian travel restrictions and exemptions

The Government of Canada has placed travel restrictions and exemptions for international students. According to IRCC:

  1. You’re exempt from the travel restrictions and are able to enter Canada if you’re travelling for a non-discretionary or non-optional purpose and
    • you’re an international student who has a valid study permit; or
    • you were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020; or
    • you’re coming from the United States
  2. Make sure you have proof that you are exempt from the travel restrictions and that you are travelling for a non-optional or non-discretionary purpose.
  3. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that starting October 20, 2020, Canadian Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province or territory will be able to reopen to international students who are currently outside Canada. A new list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans is now available. If you plan to come to Canada as an international student on or after October 20, 2020, your DLI must be on the list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans before you travel to Canada. This change will apply to all international students traveling from outside Canada.

You must also have a quarantine plan that shows how you will quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This plan is mandatory.

According to IRCC, you must have a plan for how you will self-isolate for 14 days when you get to Canada and how you will obtain medical care if you become sick. While in self-isolation, you will be unable to leave where you are staying for any purpose. If you do not have a plan for self-isolation, including how you will buy groceries and access other essential services, please delay your travel until you have made one.

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Health check upon arrival in Canada

According to IRCC:

  • Air travellers are required to undergo a health check prior to boarding. In the event that the air operator observes that the traveller has COVID-19 symptoms, the air operator will be required to refuse to board the person for travel for a period of 14 days or until a medical certificate is presented that confirms that the symptoms that the person is exhibiting are not related to the COVID-19 virus.
  • As of April 20, 2020, new measures requiring all air passengers to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel are in effect.
  • If you have recently returned to Canada and you have no symptoms, you must QUARANTINE yourself. This is mandatory.

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Mandatory self-isolation

Both the Federal and Provincial Governments have made self-isolation a mandatory action. All travellers returning from international destinations – including the United States – are subject to a mandatory self-isolation order. Violation of the order may result in a $2,000 fine.

Self-isolation means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to others in your home and your community.

Additionally, the Government of Saskatchewan recommends self-monitoring for symptoms if you have travelled outside of Saskatchewan, but within Canada. More information regarding the Government of Saskatchewan’s self-isolation policy can be found here.

Supplies that students should bring for self-isolation

Supplies recommended by IRCC:

  • Medical masks/Non-medical face coverings
  • Eye protection (face shield/goggles)
  • Disposable gloves (for caregivers)
  • Disposable paper towels
  • Facial tissues
  • Waste container with plastic liner
  • Alcohol prep wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Over the counter medication to reduce fever (i.e. ibuprofen or acetaminophen)

 

  • Hand soap
  • 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry soap
  • Household cleaning products
  • Disinfectant
  • Hard surface disinfectant
  • Running water
  • Arrange to have your groceries delivered to you

Click here to learn more about isolating at home.

Health insurance

If you are planning on travelling to Canada, it is recommended that you arrange for health insurance from your home country prior to your travels. Once you are in Canada with a valid study permit and registered as a full-time student, you may apply for a Saskatchewan Health Card. The processing time to receive a Saskatchewan Health Card is approximately 6-8 weeks.

Arranging your accommodation for the 14-day quarantine period

Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. When your study visa is approved please send a copy to int.admissions@parklandcollege.sk.ca
  2. Students will be sent a link to a Google form where they will provide their flight and travel arrangements to Parkland College. The link for this online form will be provided by the International Student Counsellor once we have received confirmation that the student’s study visa has been approved.
  3. Complete the International Student Arrivals form to arrange for the 14-day quarantine for each student. The 14-day quarantine period for Parkland College students will take place at the University of Regina Student Residence.

Click here for more information about the 14-day self-isolation at the University of Regina.

Getting a taxi from Regina International Airport to University of Regina Housing Services

It is important for you to know how to take a taxi from the airport to the U of R. Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. After coming down the escalator (or stairs) from your flight, you will need to collect your luggage at the Baggage Claim.
  2. Find the taxi coordinator who can direct you the available taxis outside. The taxi coordinator can be found near the main exit of the airport.
  3. If you have any additional questions or need assistance, find or ask for the airport commissioner who is at the airport 24 hours a day.
  4. Make sure you have at least $30 (Canadian!) in cash to pay for your taxi trip.
  5. Ask to be dropped off at Kisik Towers, University of Regina.
  6. Students are required to notify Parkland College as soon as they arrive at Kisik Towers, University of Regina.

NOTE: Students are required to immediately self-quarantine upon arrival and travel directly to the place of quarantine. They will not be able to shop for necessities until after the isolation period is complete.

If you encounter difficulties with lost luggage, be sure to check in at the appropriate desk (the airline you flew with) and they will tell you the procedure for finding and receiving your lost luggage. In this instance, you may also talk to the airport commissioner for assistance.

Also, please note that as per the Government of Canada’s health and safety precautions, all travellers are reminded to wear non-medical masks or face coverings. For more information, please visit the Government of Canada website.

Emergency Contact

In case of any emergency, please contact:
Rosemarie Glowa, International Student Counsellor
Phone or Text: 306.620.6675
Email: international.support@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Last Updated: November 17, 2020