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COVID-19 Travel Update

Student Services By Otilia Spantulescu

Posted on July 08, 2021 | Updated July 08, 2021, 2:16PM

Filed in Students

The Federal Government has implemented the first phase of its approach to ease border restrictions for travellers entering Canada by easing quarantine requirements for certain travellers who are fully vaccinated.

These changes apply to fully vaccinated travellers who are currently permitted to enter Canada, including international students on study permits who are studying at an institution on the federal government’s Designated Learning List with an approved readiness submission. Emily Carr is included among these institutions.

To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. For the full details, please see the federal news release. It is important to note:

  • All incoming students need a quarantine plan, whether they’re vaccinated or not, in case their arrival test returns positive and they need to isolate in accordance with public health requirements.
  • All post-secondary institutions (PSIs) need to have up-to-date readiness plans that reflect the changing circumstances. In addition, communicable disease prevention plans now replace COVID-19 safety plans. Emily Carr will have a communicable disease prevention plan in place by mid-July.
  • As part of pre-arrival information, all international students should use BC COVID-19 Support App as well as the ArriveCAN app.

Standards and expectations of readiness plans, including PSI supports and monitoring of their incoming international students, remain in effect to support federal quarantine requirements and community health and safety.

The Government of Canada is expected to announce further stages of border reopening in the coming weeks. Be sure to refer to their website http://travel.gc.ca for the most up-to-date information.

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