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Government of Canada expands list of accepted COVID-19 vaccines for travellers

Today, the Government of Canada announced new adjustments to border measures, including expanding the list of COVID-19 vaccines that travellers can receive to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of travel to Canada. Effective November 30, 2021, the list will include Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN, matching the World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing.

Over the past few months, Languages Canada has strongly advocated for Canada to align its list of recognized vaccines with the WHO, and we are pleased that government has heard our concerns. This welcome change to border measures will ease the financial and practical burdens placed on students seeking entry into Canada in order to pursue their studies, and help our member programs progress even further toward recovery.

The government also announced that as of January 15, 2022, international students who are 18 years old and older will only be allowed to enter Canada if they are they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada.