Currently, you can travel 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.
Criteria for non-discretionary essential travel
• Your program must have an in-person component such as in-person courses, on-campus research, co-op, internship or practicum, or
• If your program moved 100% online, you must have other documented reasons to be in Canada to study, such as internet restrictions or bandwidth limitations in your home country, or if you were already a resident in Canada and are returning "home" to Canada.
• Students can request support documents for non-discretionary travel.
Request essential travel letters for graduate students
• If you are a graduate student you must first speak with your department’s graduate program office and determine if your travel is necessary in order to make progress in your program. (This permission will likely come from your Graduate Coordinator/Associate Chair. If you are unsure who should provide the approval, the program office will be able to direct you to the appropriate individual.)
• Once you have confirmed, in writing, with your department that your travel is necessary you may complete the Graduate Students: Essential Travel Letter form.
A note of caution
The final decision to allow entry to Canada is left to the discretion of the CBSA officer at the airport, even if you have all supporting documents and a study permit.
Please note: This information is excerpted from a page hosted by International Student Services. For more complete information about Travel to Canada During COVID, see their website.