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Government of Canada to end mandatory hotel quarantine requirement for authorized, fully vaccinated international travellers

Earlier today, during a press conference with federal ministers and health officials, the Government of Canada announced that persons who are currently authorized to enter the country, including international students (study permit holders), AND are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, will no longer be required to quarantine at a government-designated hotel upon arrival, starting in early July.

Fully vaccinated travellers are those who have had the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by Health Canada (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) 14 days or more prior to their arrival. These travellers will still be required to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival, and stay in isolation until the test comes back negative.

Click here to view the press conference during which the announcement was made (note that Minister Leblanc makes mention of international students being included in this measure around the 46-minute mark, in French).

Languages Canada has advocated relentlessly for measures and policies intended to make studying in Canada more accessible for international students, and we are especially pleased to see the removal of the mandatory 3-day government-designated hotel stay, a measure which increased costs and posed significant difficulties for students.

The new rules are set to start in early July, according to Health Minister Hadju. We will share further details with members, such as the exact start date, as soon as these become available.