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Canada reopens its borders to international students as of October 20

The government of Canada has announced last October 20, 2020 that some designated learning institutions (DLIs) are now able to reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada.

All they need is to have an approved study permit and an acceptance letter coming from a Designated Learning Institutions or DLI.

What if I have a granted student visa, what should I do?

Before traveling to Canada, here are some of the things that you should do:

1. Check if your school is on the list of Canada’s Designated Learning Institutions.

2. Contact your school and ask about their COVID-19 readiness plan.

3. Prepare the things that you need to bring and do when you travel to Canada.

Here’s a breakdown of the above-mentioned items:

What are Designated Learning Institutions or DLIs?

A designated learning institution is a school approved by a provincial or territorial government to host international students. As an international student, you have to check first if your school is on this list and must have a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province or territory.

Want to check if your school is one of the DLIs? Click HERE.

What is in the COVID-19 readiness plan?

It is a mandatory plan for institutions accepting students from outside Canada. The plan should state that they are ready to:

· protect the health and safety of all students and the surrounding community

· describe how they will manage the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for international students, including arrangements for transportation to the students’ quarantine location

· provide information and support to international students about how they can get the items they need for their quarantine, like food and medications, health insurance and remaining healthy while in Canada

You should contact your school and ask they do have this plan and make sure that you also prepare for it.

What should I expect during the process of my travel to Canada?

After securing that your school is on the list of DLIs with COVID-19 readiness plans approved by their province or territory, you are then expected to undergo the following set of procedures:

1. When the border services officer greets you, they look at several factors, including: (a) your reason for traveling to Canada

(b) your ability to complete a 14-day quarantine period as soon as you arrive at your final destination and

(c) if you either have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or can study online during your quarantine

2. You must present the necessary documents to prove that you have a permit to travel.

What documents should I bring when I travel to Canada?

You must bring the following documents:

1. A valid study permit or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit

2. A valid letter of acceptance from a