International students

Before planning your arrival in or return to Canada, use this online tool to verify whether you can enter the country and assess your quarantine plan.

Once you arrive in Montreal, consult the general information to get you started on the ÉTS campus.

ATTENTION! As of January 15, 2022, international students and worrkers must be fully vaccinated with one of the approved vaccines in order to enter Canada.

  • As of April 1st, 2022, pre-entry testing is no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers,
  • As of April 25, the quarantine plan is no longer required in the documents to be submitted in ArriveCan.

Last update: May 2, 2022

Travel restrictions

Travel restrictions

Travel restrictions vary depending on the legal status of the traveller. Consult the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Visitors, temporary workers and students page to determine which rules apply to your specific situation or that of a member of your family.

Since October 2020, those who hold a study permit have been authorized to enter Canadian territory if they meet the following conditions, along with the other requirements that are detailed on the Government of Canada website:

CAUTION! No matter what, you should not attempt to travel to Canada if your study permit has not yet been approved. If you hold a study permit and you have completed your study program, you cannot re-enter Canada as a student, because you will not have any documentation to support school attendance.

As of September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers can re-enter Canada to study for 6 months or less with a valid travel document (visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA).

Effective January 15, 2022, foreign workers must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada, with the exception of certain specific categories, as indicated here

Throughout the pandemic, ÉTS has continued to welcome dozens of international laboratory interns, both in person and remotely. Consult the Status report section of the Laboratory Research Internship in Québec page.

Under certain conditions, you may be accompanied by members of your family during your stay in Canada. Each member of your family must obtain their own legal authorization AND ensure that they are exempt from travel restrictions. Consult the detailed information on the Government of Canada website.

Quarantine and Vaccination

Quarantine and vaccination

To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received the recommended dose of a vaccine or a mix of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days before entering Canada, and have uploaded proof of vaccination (in French or English, or a certified translation) in ArriveCAN before your departure. The vaccines that are currently accepted by Canada are listed on the Travel to Canada: Requirements for COVID-19 vaccinated travellers page.


Before leaving for Canada, all travellers must submit a series of documents via the ArriveCAN application  within 72 hours before departure, including contact information, details of your flight and proof of vaccination.

Certain exemptions may apply with respect to the documents required, especially for travellers under the age of 18 years. Consult the complete list at COVID-19 Travel: Checklists for requirements and exemptions. 

Before departing for Canada, all travellers must provide a series of documents using the ArriveCAN app:

  • Contact information;
  • Flight information;
  • Travel history;
  • Quarantine plan;
  • Negative result of a COVID-19 screening test administered within 72 hours before departure;
  • ArriveCAN receipt with the letters I, V or A.

Certain exemptions may apply with respect to the required documents, especially for travellers under 18 years of age. See the full list of exemptions on the COVID-19 Travel: Checklists for requirements and exemptions page.

To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received the recommended dose of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days before entering Canada, and upload proof of vaccination (in French or English, or a certified translation) via ArriveCAN before departure.

The vaccines currently accepted by Canada are:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD
  • Janssen from Johnson & Johnson
  • Sinopharm (also known as Covilo)
  • Sinovac (also known as Coronavac)
  • Covaxin

As of December 1, 2021, all travelers arriving in Canada by air from countries other than the United States must submit to a COVID test upon their arrival and place themselves in quarantine while awaiting the result. If you do not meet the requirements to be considered a fully vaccinated traveler or if your test results are positive, you must place yourself in strict quarantine for 14 days and adhere by all the regulations as detailed on the Quarantine or isolation webpage of the Canadian government.

Even if you are exempt from quarantine, you must prepare and submit an appropriate quarantine plan for you and your family members using the ArriveCAN app.

The plan must include detailed information concerning the following elements:

  • Transportation from the airport to your quarantine location: The wearing of a mask or face covering is mandatory, and you must avoid stops and contact with other people.
  • Housing: Location and proof of address, and precautionary measures if you will not be living alone.
  • Food and basic items: Home delivery, support network, methods of payment.
  • Contact information for third parties who will be supporting you during your quarantine, as applicable.

Use the quarantine plan assessment tool on the Government of Canada website to ensure that you don’t forget anything. If you have any other questions, contact our quarantine assistance and housing search services, at

Instructions and procedures

Instructions and procedures

The pandemic notwithstanding, studying in a foreign country requires meticulous preparation. This page is intended to remind you of the most important steps to take before departure, during your travel and after arrival, along with the documents you must have on hand during each step.


  • Consult the ÉTS Academic Calendar;
  • Register for your courses (with the exception of Ph.D. students, who will register at their arrival) and obtain a proof of school attendance (official attestation of registration online ($10 CAN) or registration statement/invoice (free) available on MonÉTS) about four weeks before classes begin;
  • Plan for your short- and long-term housing;
  • Purchase your airline ticket.
  • Simplify your arrival at the airport by signing up for the Accueil Plus service (free)

CAUTION! Do not incur any non-refundable expenses before obtaining approval for your study permit.

Entering Canada

The final decision as to whether to admit you into Canadian territory lies with the Canadian Border Services Officer, who is responsible for ensuring that you meet all of the basic requirements associated with your study permit. Therefore, you must be in a position to present all of the relevant documents to justify the purpose of your trip:

  • Valid immigration and travel documents: TRV or eTA, letter of introduction or study permit and co-op work permit (as applicable), CAQ;
  • Quarantine documents: ArriveCAN receipt and quarantine plan including proof of residence;
  • Documents from ÉTS: Admission letter AND registration statement;
  • Documents attesting to your financial resources: Recent proof (less than 3 months old) of adequate financial resources to cover you tuition fees, living expenses, insurance fees, quarantine expenses, etc.;
  • Health-related documents: Be asymptomatic for COVID-19 and have the results of a valid immigration medical examination (within 12 months) if you were obliged to submit to a medical examination within the context of your application for a study permit (source).

 The Border Services Officer is also responsible for verifying whether you meet the other requirements of the Immigration Act: Not have been found guilty of a criminal offence, prove that you will be returning to your home country at the end of your stay, etc.

CAUTION! With the current restrictions, arriving for a purpose other than studying or arriving too far in advance of the beginning of your session (e.g.: before April 1) may be considered non-essential or discretionary travel by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), and you may be subject to an immediate removal order.

After arriving

Visit our Welcome to ETS page for all of the relevant information concerning orientation activities, your student card, administration procedures to be finalized, etc. If you are in a program with a research profile, contact your Research Director for all of the information you need and the procedures for accessing your laboratory.

It is especially crucial that you submit your immigration documents (passport, CAQ, study permit) to by e-mail and update your address in your MonÉTS portal in order to update your student file, activate your health insurance, etc.

If you have any other questions concerning immigration, travel restrictions, insurance or your integration in Montréal, please contact the International Relations Service before your departure or upon arrival. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the health of everyone, and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Frequently asked questions

At ÉTS, all international students must be able to be present on campus from the first day of the session, with the exception of new admissions to Doctoral programs, who are permitted to arrive any time up to the 10th week after the beginning of courses. Students who are not able to arrive in Canada by this date are encouraged to request a postponement of admission.

No, ÉTS does not offer online programs, and the majority of our courses are offered in person only. Therefore, it is crucial to be in Montréal to begin your session and attend your courses, and to have a file that is in good standing with the Registrar’s Office, including immigration documents and valid health and hospitalization insurance.

ÉTS does not require students to provide proof of vaccination to access the campus or to take part in their educational activities. All of the rules governing access to the campus can be found on the Info-Campus 2021-2022 page.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free and accessible for everyone in Québec. A person does not need to be a Canadian resident or have a health insurance card to receive the vaccine. Consult the vaccination campaign information page for the procedure to follow.

No, the Government of Canada requires two doses of vaccine, or a single dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. Travellers who do not meet these conditions are subject to the Quarantine Act. The Government of Canada does not consider you to be fully vaccinated based on the fact of having contracted COVID-19 or having contracted COVID-19 and having received a single dose of vaccine. Consult Canada’s public health website on a regular basis to monitor updates to this directive.