COVID-19 Updates

At IGK we take the health and safety of our students, staff and homestay families very seriously. We work together to stay healthy and safe. When you are planning and packing for your studies in Canada, you have many important things to remember. There are documents to support your studies, accommodation, ,and self-isolation plans, which you will need to provide to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). IGK is here to help you, with our campus-specific COVID-19 Student Safety Guides.



Latest News:

Canada’s Border is Reopening!

July 20, 2021

Canada is planning to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers on Tuesday, September 7.

That means that short-term language students will be able to come to IGK without having to apply for a study permit or stay in quarantine.

All travellers will still need to use the ArriveCAN app to show proof of vaccination and other criteria before they arrive in Canada.

Colleges and universities across Canada will also be fully open in September. International students planning to come for programs longer than 6 months will need to have a study permit.

Stay tuned for more good news coming soon. Please contact your regional representative or info@igcanada.com for specific information about travelling to Canada.


No quarantine required for fully vaccinated international students starting July 6

June 25, 2021

As of July 6, international students who are fully vaccinated, have a valid study permit and test negative for COVID will not have to quarantine or stay in a government-authorized hotel when they arrive in Canada. To be considered fully vaccinated, students must show proof that they have had two shots of one of the following approved vaccines:

• Pfizer
• Moderna
• AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD
• Janssen (Johnson & Johnson – only one shot)

All international travellers will still need to do a COVID test 72 hours before coming to Canada, do a second test upon arrival and have a quarantine plan ready in case they test positive.

There are no changes to Canada’s quarantine process for travellers who are not fully vaccinated.

For more information and to plan your studies at IGK in Canada, please contact info@igcanada.com or visit the Government of Canada website.


New entry and quarantine requirements for Canada

February 19, 2021

Canada has announced new entry and quarantine requirements for travellers arriving in Canada and IGK is here to help you every step of the way.

Effective February 22, 2021 at 12 a.m. EST, in addition to providing a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test, all students arriving in Canada must take two COVID-19 molecular tests — one on arrival at the airport and another at-home test kit at the end of their quarantine period.

Before traveling to Canada, all students must also book and pay for a three-night stay in a government-authorized hotel to wait for the results of their first test.

The list of government approved hotels and booking information can be found here.

New entry and quarantine requirements for Canada

1. Download the free ArriveCAN mobile app. ArriveCAN must be used prior to your arrival in Canada to provide mandatory contact details and quarantine plan information.

2. Take a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to your flight.

3. Book your room at a government-authorized hotel for three nights by calling:
1-800-294-8253 (toll-free within North America)
1-613-830-2992 (collect outside North America)

When you arrive in Canada

1. Complete your COVID-19 test at the airport.

2. Proceed immediately from the airport to your reserved government-authorized accommodation. IGK will arrange for your safe transportation to your hotel. You must stay at the hotel for three nights or until you receive your test result.

3. Receive your results from your arrival COVID-19 test and proceed to your pre-arranged IGK accommodation for the remainder of your 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Visit the Canadian Government website for more information about boarding flights to and within Canada and travel restrictions in Canada.

At IGK, we are committed to helping you through the above process to ensure you have a safe and comfortable experience. Please contact your IGK representative to arrange your personalized arrival and quarantine plan in Canada.

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COVID-19 SAFETY PLANS

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TRAVEL & SELF-ISOLATION PLANS

All students who plan to travel to Canada are required to notify International Gateway Kelowna and submit the self-isolation plan prior to their date of travel.

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IMPORTANT LINKS


ArriveCan APP

BC COVID-19 APP

Public Health Measures for Travelers to Canada

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HealthlinkBC

Crisis Centre BC

MindhealthBC

Foundry BC

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