International students

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

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

CAUTION! Starting January 15, 2022, international students and workers will only be allowed to ENTER the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the approved vaccines.

Starting October 2021, all travellers must be fully vaccinated in order to board domestic or international flights DEPARTING from Canada.

Until February 28, 2022, foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated and who usually reside outside Canada will be able to fly out of Canada if they arrived in Canada before October 30, 2021 and if they show proof of a valid molecular test for COVID-19 at the time of travel.

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).

If you are not fully vaccinated or if you nevertheless wish to obtain a study permit despite the exemption (e.g. if the processing times for the study permit are less than those for the temporary resident visa), you will need to wait for your study permit approval before traveling to Canada.

In all cases, find out if you can enter Canada, verify the quarantine exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers and read the information required by ArriveCAN beforeyour departure.

Foreign workers can enter Canada if they are fully vaccinated OR if they are traveling to Canada before January 15, 2022 for non-discretionary purposes. Non-vaccinated workers must meet the conditions indicated below, along with all other requirements indicated on the Government of Canada’s website:

  • You hold a valid work permit AND you usually live in Canada. This applies even if you do not have a valid job offer or if you have lost your job;
  • You have a letter of introduction for a work permit AND you have a valid job offer (with the exception of the spouse/common-law partner open work permit).

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.

Briefly, the following conditions apply to the members of your family:

  • If they are not travelling at the same time as you: Written authorization from IRCC may be required, with certain exceptions. The purpose of their travel must not be touristic.
  • If they are travelling at the same time as you: Written authorization from IRCC is not required. The purpose of their travel must be non-discretionary. For example, a spouse must demonstrate that they plan to establish themselves in Canada.
Quarantine and Vaccination

Quarantine and Vaccination

Quarantine requirements may vary depending on your vaccination coverage and date of arrival. Make sure you understand the rules that will apply to your situation and review them in the days leading up to your departure by consulting the Mandatory quarantine or isolation section on the IRCC website.

In addition to the specific conditions, all travelers entering Canada must comply with screening and quarantine requirements and are required to provide travel and quarantine information through the ArriveCAN app within 72 hours of arrival.

All travellers must also demonstrate that they have an adequate quarantine plan, even if they are fully vaccinated, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet all the requirements for exemption from quarantine.

Up until January 14, 2022, foreign students and workers who are exempt from travel restrictions (non-discretionary travel) can enter Canada without being fully vaccinated on the condition that they respect the applicable rules indicated on the Government of Canada’s mandatory quarantine or isolation page. In short, you must comply with the following:

  • Provide the following information at least 48 hrs before departure using the ArriveCAN app:
    • Your contact information,
    • Your travel information,
    • Your quarantine plan,
    • A negative COVID-19 screening test taken within 72 hrs before departure;
  • Confirm your arrival and make your daily declaration using ArriveCAN or by phone;
    • You may be required to submit to additional verifications by IRCC or Public Health authorities, either by phone or at your residence;
  • Take a COVID-19 screening test upon arrival, and then on the eighth day of quarantine;
  • Complete the 14 days of quarantine.
     

CAUTION! You are not permitted to leave your place of quarantine during the 14 days unless you require emergency medical services. You are not permitted to go outdoors, with the exception of private spaces, like a balcony, and you are not permitted to receive visitors or go to public spaces, including grocery stores, pharmacies or ÉTS. Failure to respect these conditions constitutes a violation of federal law, and may result in being inadmissible to Canada, up to 6 months in prison or fines.

As of July 6, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers who are asymptomatic may be exempt from quarantine requirements, but must continue to submit to all other entry requirements. In addition, as of August 9, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to undergo molecular testing for COVID-19 upon arrival, unless they are randomly selected at the airport or land border as part of a border surveillance program. However they will be required to undergo molecular testing within 72 hours prior to their departure to Canada.

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 that are currently accepted by Canada are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/ COVISHIELD and Janssen from Johnson & Johnson. From November 30, 2021, the list of accepted vaccines for the purpose of entry into Canada will be expanded to include: Sinopharm (also known as Covilo), Sinovac (also known as Coronavac) and COVAXIN.

Visit the COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada page for more detailed information.

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 quarantaine@etsmtl.net.

Instructions and procedures

Instructions and procedures

If you are exempt from travel restrictions and you have the logistical and financial resources to meet the requirements of the Quarantine Act, you must collect all of your supporting documents.

Before you travel, you must also familiarize yourself with all of the current health measures in effect at ÉTS and in Montréal, in addition to the following instructions for pre-departure and arrival procedures.

Pre-departure

  • 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 December 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 admission@etsmtl.ca 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!

FAQ

Frequently asked questions
 

The travel restrictions and quarantine procedures are constantly changing, with no advance notice. Before planning your arrival in or return to Canada, use this online tool to verify whether you can enter the country and which documents are required.

ÉTS requires that all international students be prepared to be on campus in person by the beginning of the session on January 5, 2022, with the exception of new Ph.D. students, who have until the 10th week to arrive. Students who are unable to arrive in Canada by this date are invited to request a postponement of admission.

Your vaccination status will help you to determine your departure date. Begin by verifying whether you are considered to be fully vaccinated in accordance with the Government of Canada criteria. Individuals who are not vaccinated should plan to arrive by December 22, 2021 at the latest in order to be able to be on campus in person by the beginning of the session. Vaccinated persons are exempt from quarantine. However, you should be prepared for any eventuality: it is important to understand that the final decision will be made by the Border Services Officer.

If you are unable to begin your study project this fall, you are invited to request a postponement of admission.

No, there will be no online access to courses that are planned for in-person delivery. You must present your valid immigration documents to admission@etsmtl.ca by January 5, 2022 at the latest to validate your registration. If you are not able to begin your study project this winter, you can request a postponement of admission to a later session.

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. Travelers who are considered fully vaccinated are exempt from the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. However, you must still submit a quarantine plan indicating your place of residence and your access to basic necessities (food, medication, basic supplies). If the Customs Agent determines that you are not exempt from quarantine, you must then follow your quarantine plan. Health Canada officers at the airport can also offer support if you need to find another place to self-isolate during this 2-week period.

There is no partial exemption. An individual who is not considered fully vaccinated upon arrival must complete a full quarantine, including the mandatory hotel stay, as stipulated in the Act. 

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.