Starting November 30, 2021, 03:01 AM EST, three additional COVID-19 vaccines approved for use by the World Health Organization will be accepted for travel to and within Canada.
- Sinopharm (also referred to as Covilo)
- Sinovac (also referred to as Coronavac)
As of January 15, 2022, international students over the age of 18 must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada, and to take a connecting flight within Canada. Until January 14, 2022, international students can continue to enter the country if unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, as well as take a connecting flight to their final destination that is scheduled to depart within 24 hours of the departure time of their flight to enter Canada
As of February 28, 2022, all travelers must be fully vaccinated to leave Canada.
To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine—or combination of vaccines—accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must upload their proof of vaccination in English or French into ArriveCAN when travelling to Canada. If the proof of vaccination is not in English or French, travellers must provide a certified translation in English or French. Travellers must bring proof with them when they travel that includes text with the vaccinations and dates received. Travellers must also comply with all other measures including pre-entry testing and a suitable quarantine plan (King’s students can use Maple Assist as their quarantine plan – if you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to make a booking).
Please read up-to-date information about Arriving in Canada on King's Arrival page.
If you have If you have questions about quarantine, documentation required to enter Canada, or any other immigration related questions, please contact King’s International at email@example.com
Note the following updates to King's and Western's vaccine policy coming into effect to align with the Province of Ontario’s revised definition of "fully vaccinated status." These changes will affect individuals who have received vaccines outside of Canada.
Fully vaccinated will now be defined as:
- The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson), or any combination of such vaccines,
- One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada (note, the vaccine does NOT need to be WHO-approved), followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada.
- Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada (note, the vaccine does NOT need to be WHO-approved, for example, the Anhui Zhifei Longcom COVID-19 vaccine)
- Having received your final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago
What does this mean for students?
- If you were previously considered fully vaccinated with two doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm, you will now need one dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) to be considered fully vaccinated.
- Beginning Monday, September 27, students who were previously considered fully vaccinated but do not meet the revised definition must begin rapid antigen testing twice per week in order to be permitted to come to campus.
- Students who have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada are considered fully vaccinated, even if their vaccine is not WHO-approved. For example, Anhui Zhifei Longcom COVID-19 vaccine from China is not WHO-approved, but it is a three-dose series, so as long as students have received all three doses, and it is 14 days after their last dose, are considered fully vaccinated.
- Note that nothing has changed with vaccine requirements for quarantine exemption. Students must have received a full series of Health-Canada authorized vaccines to be considered for possible quarantine exemption upon arrival to Canada. However, you must still be prepared to quarantine and complete the mandatory registration of your Quarantine & Travel plan with King’s/Western.
A table outlining the vaccine type and requirements as per the revised is available on the website: Vaccine FAQ for International Students
Students requiring an additional mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) AND/OR rapid testing can book an appointment through Western's Vaccination and Testing Centre.
- The time students can study online from outside Canada (beginning March 2020) and have it count towards PGWP eligibility has been extended to August 31st, 2022. See details on PGWP eligibility here.
As per a Nov. 26th news release, until January 31, 2022, the Government of Canada is implementing enhanced border measures for all travellers who have been in the Southern Africa region — including South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia— within the last 14 days before arriving in Canada.
Foreign nationals who have travelled in any of these countries within the previous 14 days will not be permitted entry into Canada.
- Travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated may now enter Canada for a study period of 6 months or less with a valid travel document (visitor visa or electronic travel authorization [eTA]); a study permit is not required, however, there are advantages to getting a study permit for a study period of 6 months or less, including facilitating re-entry to Canada if you travel during your studies.
- Travellers who do not qualify as fully vaccinated must still have a valid study permit and valid travel document (eTA or visitor visa).
- All international students arriving for a study period of over 6 months must still have a valid study permit and valid travel document (eTA or visitor visa).
- As of August 9, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers are not required to quarantine. All travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements. The requirements to receive a COVID test 72 hours within departure time and upload arrival information on the ArriveCAN app continues to be mandated for all travellers.
- All King’s University College, degree-seeking students arriving by air up until October 31 2021, for their first entry into Canada since February 22, 2021 who underwent quarantine in a government-approved hotel are eligible for a subsidy. To see full eligibility requirements, please click here.
- All King's University College students arriving from outside of Canada (including international students and Canadian citizens) are required to complete a 14-day quarantine plan and must register their quarantine plan with King’s/Western prior to arrival in Canada. All travelers are also required to obtain a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to boarding their flight or within 72 hours pre-arrival at a land border, and enter their information in the ArriveCAN app prior to arrival (as well as confirm they have arrived at their quarantine location within 48 hours of entry to Canada and complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments)
- Travellers are also required to undergo two COVID tests after arrival: One upon arrival at the airport and another one on day 8 of their quarantine (a self-testing kit will be provided upon arrival).Students who have been fully vaccinated with a Government of Canada approved vaccine may not require the 8 day COVID -19 test and may not be required to complete the 14 day quarantine plan they have submitted.
- Residence and non-residence students to have access to a transportation and self-isolation service through Maple Assist and Residence Inn Marriott. Residents can also make their own self-isolation plan, with certain requirements for authorization to move into residence. More information can be found here.
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- For up-to-date information related to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, including details on the impact of coronavirus on services and specific reference to travel restrictions and exemptions, visit the IRCC website
- For King’s COVID-19 updates, please visit: https://www.kings.uwo.ca/covid-19/
King's International Connections
Have questions about immigration, living and working in Canada, or general concerns?
Send us a private message on our Instagram @kings_intl and we will be happy to answer your question!
King's International offers a variety of programs and services for both international and domestic students. These services include:
- International Student Services and Orientation
- Immigration Advising
- Peer Guide Program
- Outgoing and Incoming Exchange
- International Partner Liaison
- International Student Programming
- Support for International Summer Programs
- International Risk Management
- Pre-Departure Sessions & Support for International Experiential Learning
Discover learning opportunities at King’s partner universities worldwide. Transfer credits from abroad to your King’s degree.
Exchange information for students coming from partner universities abroad (Students coming to King’s)
Linda Weber, Amna Wasty and Olivia Yusuf are available for advising and support. They organize international student programs and provide information on how to study or volunteer abroad. Advising is available for matters pertaining to communication with your home/partner institution, international services and programs or cultural/personal adjustment. If you need assistance with any of these matters (or if you are not sure where to go for assistance) please contact King's International to schedule an appointment.
Email: King's International
Phone: 519-433-3491 ext. 4623
You can also contact Linda, Amna and Olivia individually or come by the office during daily drop in hours from 2:00-3:00pm.
Alumni Court 220
|Dr. Linda Weber,
Manager, King's International
Office: Alumni Court
Phone: 519-433-3491ext. 4363
|Amna Wasty, MA, RISIA
Exchange and International Student Advisor, King's International
Office: Alumni Court 220A
Phone: 519-433-3491 ext. 4589
International Programs Coordinator, King's International
Office: Alumni Court 220
Phone: 519-433-3491 ext. 4623