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).

International Arrivals

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

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.

If you have questions or concerns about the revised policy, please contact King’s International at or

Please contact us at for assistance.

  • 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:

Immigration Guidance during COVID – 19 Pandemic

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

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