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The wait is over

The government of Canada has announced a series of new measures in the coming days aimed at further relaxing the border restrictions currently in place.

From 9 August 2021, air travellers - including international students - will no longer be required to complete a mandatory 3-night stay in a government-authorised hotel. A new randomised testing regime will be implemented for vaccinated travellers, while unvaccinated travellers will continue to undergo mandatory on-arrival and day-8 testing.

In addition, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the US (and currently residing in the US) will be able to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel provided they meet all the required criteria.

Despite the eased restrictions, international students must have a 14-day quarantine plan in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine.

Read the full updates below for more information:

Update – International students and travel to Canada

Update – Reopening of discretionary travel for US citizens and permanent residents

What it means for students and migrants?

The news brings much-needed relief for international students and aspiring migrants. As borders reopen, universities and immigration departments expect to be inundated with applications in the coming weeks. Whether you're applying for a bachelors degree, post-graduate study or an immigration programme, one of first steps is to take an English language proficiency test.


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