Travel and Isolation Information for International Students

Important Update:

Fully Vaccinated Students Travelling to Canada from India:

The Government of Canada announced that direct flights from India will resume for travellers who meet certain conditions after September 26, 2021.

For more information visit:
The Government announcement
Details About Flights from India

Read COIVD-19 Vaccinations and the U of A 


Fully Vaccinated Students

Fully vaccinated students who have received vaccines approved by Canada at least 14 days before the day they enter Canada to study at the University of Alberta may be exempt from the 14-day quarantine and day-8 COVID-19 test if meeting all eligibility requirements.

To qualify, you must:

You can receive your vaccine in any country, but you must provide documentation in English or French supporting your vaccination information. If your vaccination document is in any other language, it must be accompanied by a certified translation. Review what other documents you need to enter Canada.

If you are fully vaccinated travelling by air, you must still present a suitable 14-day quarantine plan.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers Register Your Travel Information

Fully Vaccinated Travellers Without COVID Symptoms Arriving by LAND and AIR

Students Travelling with Unvaccinated Children and/or Dependent Family Members
If you are fully vaccinated but will be travelling with children and/or adult dependents who are unvaccinated must follow the respective quarantine requirements.
Fully Vaccinated Travellers Entering for Discretionary (Non-essential) Purposes

As of September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated foreign nationals with valid TRVs or eTAs may be eligible to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) reasons, such as tourism. 

Exchange Students: If you are a fully vaccinated short-term/exchange student, you should still apply and get approved for a study permit before making any travel plans.

PGWP Holders: Fully vaccinated students who will have a valid Post Graduation Work Permit and visa (where applicable) or an approval for a PGWP made outside Canada may be allowed entry without the requirement for a valid job offer if you qualify as a fully-vaccinated traveller.

Learn more about Government of Canada Requirements and Exemptions

Isolation and Quarantine Information

All new and returning international students, regardless of vaccination status, must register their travel and quarantine plans through the Off-Campus Isolation and Travel Registry (OCITR). The University is in touch with the students registered in this program and will continue to support them as they travel to Canada. Students should register their travel plans if they have yet to do so.

Let us know when you will arrive and where you plan to stay during your 14-day self-isolation period. All registrants receive a welcome package and a personalized check-in. Please submit your quarantine plan at least one week before you travel.

These plans are a part of the UAlberta-DLI approved COVID-19 readiness plans.

If you require financial support to assist with covering additional costs associated with Canada's quarantine requirements, you may be eligible for an International Quarantine Support Grant.

The grant is available to international students who have experienced increased financial need due to the requirement to quarantine upon entry to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be eligible for the International Quarantine Support Grant, you must register in the Off-Campus Isolation Travel Registry before leaving your home country. Learn more.

Read COVID-19 Vaccinations & the U of A

Read PGWP Update

Read Immigration, Travel and Employment FAQs

Documents to Enter Canada

To enter Canada as a student, you must meet two requirements:

  1. You must be attending a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), the list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 readiness plans. UAlberta is listed on page 6, DLI# O19257171832 (the first digit is the letter "O," not the number zero). 
  2. You must hold a valid study permit or a Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction that shows your study permit approval.

Your entry to Canada will be considered essential (non-discretionary) if you meet the above requirements and have the required documents upon entry.

New students, documents include:

  • Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction. The POE Letter of Introduction is not your study or work permit.
  • Valid Visa/eTA as applicable
  • Admission letter
  • Financial documents used in your application as proof that you will be able to support yourself (and your family in the event you will be entering together)
  • Approved quarantine plan
  • Your ArriveCAN receipt
  • Valid IRCC medical exam; if your original exam expires at the time of entry, you are advised to complete a new medical exam.
Note: If you are a new student entering Canada after starting your program, print out your Verification of Enrollment document from Beartracks. You will need this in addition to the admission letter listed above to verify your enrollment at UAlberta upon entry.

Returning students, documents include:

  • Valid Study Permit
  • Valid Visa/eTA as applicable
  • Verification of Enrollment (print out from Bear Tracks)
  • Unofficial transcript (print out from Bear Tracks)
  • Approved quarantine plan
  • Your ArriveCAN receipt
  • Valid IRCC medical exam if you have been living in a designated country for over six months in the past 12 months

Important Notes:

  • All international student travellers, regardless of vaccination status, who do not submit the required information digitally before entry could be subject to enforcement action upon entry ranging from a verbal warning to a monetary fine anywhere $1000 - $3000. Exceptions will be made for those unable to submit documents electronically due to personal circumstances such as a disability or inadequate infrastructure.
       Learn about ArriveCAN  

  • The University of Alberta is on the list as the institution's COVID-19 readiness plan has been approved.
  • The IRCC will only issue Port of Entry Letters of Introduction when students secure "final" approval. Do not make any travel arrangements until a final decision on your study permit application has been made.
  • If you experience difficulty submitting your information through ArriveCAN (using the app or online website), you can find additional information at or email
  • If you receive an airline request for additional documentation from the institution to support travel/booking, visit Non-Discretionary Travel Updates for details.
  • A border services officer will ultimately make the final decision on whether you are eligible to enter Canada when you arrive. For quarantine plan details, visit the Government of Canada website: Without Symptoms: Mandatory Quarantine. If applicable, review Where you can quarantine, see Quarantine with others in the same household.  

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Read frequently asked questions about immigration, travel and employment. 

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