As of August 9, 2021, new measures will be put in place for travellers to Canada, including international students.
This includes the following:
Eliminating the 3-night government-authorized hotel stay requirement for all air travellers arriving after 12:01 a.m. EDT on August 9, 2021. Until that time, non-vaccinated travellers flying to Canada must complete their 3-night hotel stay while they wait for their on-arrival test results.
Implementing a surveillance randomized testing regime for fully vaccinated travellers who qualify for entry to Canada at select airports and land border crossings across Canada. Unvaccinated travellers will continue to be subject to mandatory on-arrival and day 8 testing.
Allowing individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, but who continue to test positive, to present a positive COVID-19 molecular test result on a specimen taken 14 to 180 days prior to arrival in Canada as part of the pre-entry test requirements.
For more information, please refer to the Government’s official announcement.
Beginning July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel.
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. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.
For these new measures to apply to them, fully vaccinated travellers must still meet all other mandatory requirements, including pre- and on-arrival testing. Continued testing will allow public health experts to keep monitoring positivity rates at the border, monitor for variants of concern, and make further adjustments to border measures as needed.
Fully vaccinated travellers must also be asymptomatic, have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation, and provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada. They must still present a suitable quarantine plan, and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine. As with all other exempt travellers, they will be required to follow public health measures in place, such as wearing a mask when in public, keep a copy of their vaccine and test results, as well as a list of close contacts for 14 days after entry to Canada.
For travellers who are not fully vaccinated, there are no changes to Canada’s current border measures.
Read the full update on the official website.
On March 8, 2021, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, advised public post-secondary institutions to begin planning for a full return to on-campus teaching, learning and research in September 2021, believing it to be very important for everyone’s health and well-being to get back on campus. Dr. Henry expressed deep confidence that the combination of mass immunization contributing to community immunity, the application of revised health and safety protocols in the COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector, and the regular review and updating of multi- layered institutional safety plans will support the safe resumption of on-campus activities. Please visit the BC Government website for more information.
Given this directive from the government to deliver a majority of university classes in-person, we envision approximately 60% of university classes will be in-person; the remainder 40% will be delivered either synchronously online at a set time (approximately 25%), or FLEX online (no set time at approximately 15%).
If you are not able to travel to Canada due to delayed Study Permit or travel restrictions, you can still start your studies with us through online learning from your home country. Once you are able to travel, the college highly recommends you to make arrangements to fly to Vancouver and get ready for in-person courses in January 2022.
All high school classes will continue to be delivered in-person and in a Hyflex mode enabling students to continue to study online if they wish. However, we do encourage in person attendance for high school as well, in order to gain a rich, in-person Columbia College and Canadian experience.
The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, is requiring that, effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada.
In an effort to curb the continuing coronavirus crisis, Canada will require all air passengers to obtain a negative COVID-19 test three days before arriving in the country.
The test must be a PCR test — considered the gold standard of COVID-19 tests. These tests need to be processed in a lab and usually take at least a day to provide results.
The new travel rule does not replace the 14-day quarantine period. Violation of quarantine laws can result in up to six months in jail or up to $750,000 in fines.
Masks are required in order to enter the College and must be worn in all public areas, with some exceptions. On the 3rd floor of the College, the Secondary bubble, masks are encouraged but not required.
Anyone entering the building must wear a mask. Security will be checking.
Before entering the College, a COVID health assessment must be performed. See the Columbia Safe app.