COVID-19 New Travel Requirements for International Students
Saskatoon Business College
Public Health Institutional Requirements for International Students
There are some COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The following plans/guidelines/recommendations will remain in place as long as indicated by the province/health authorities. Updates will be made, as needed, upon directives/recommendations from the province/health authorities.
Amendments to the Quarantine Act emergency orders allow eligible students from the US and overseas to enter Canada.
The “Amendments to the Quarantine Act allow eligible students from the US and overseas to enter Canada, regardless of the date they were approved for a study permit, provided that they are attending a designated learning institution (DLI) that has a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory where the DLI is located.”
These amendments came into force on October 21, 2020.
Travel Eligibility for International Students
As of October 21, 2020, international students may travel to Canada only if they
- have a valid study permit or letter of introduction, and
- will be attending a DLI with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory where the DLI is located, and listed on IRCC’s website.
Travelling to Canada
The federal government announced 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.
Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.
Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Further details are available:
Students and their pre-arriving family members must have a quarantine plan that shows how they will quarantine for 14 days when they arrive in Canada. This plan is mandatory.
IRCC requires that all arriving international students and their co-arriving family members must have a plan for how you (& co-arriving family members) will self-isolate for 14 days when you get to Canada. The plan must also outline how you will obtain medical care if you become sick. While you are self-isolating, you will be unable to leave where you are staying for any purpose. If you do not have a plan for self-isolation, including how you will buy groceries and access other essential services, please delay your travel until you have made one.
To learn more about travel restrictions and exemptions affecting international students please click here
Before and during their travel to Canada, students should
- avoid spending time in large crowds or crowded areas
- avoid contact with sick people, especially if those persons have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing
- be aware of the local situation and follow local public health advice
- be sure to monitor their health and if they become sick before or during their trip, avoid contact with others except to see a health-care professional.
Students will need to pass a health check before they’re allowed to board their flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to travel to Canada.
When they arrive in Canada, their health will be assessed when they speak to the CBSA officer. Students must quarantine for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. This is mandatory for all travellers to Canada, and there may be serious consequences under the Quarantine Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for non-compliance with the quarantine requirement.
As part of Canada’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all travellers are required to provide specific information upon entry into Canada. The recently launched ArriveCAN app enables them to submit contact information and details of their plan for quarantine, as required by the current emergency orders under the Quarantine Act, up to 48 hours prior to their arrival.
Use of ArriveCAN reduces physical contact for a safer border process. Students can download it on their mobile device through the App Store or Google Play or use the Web format.
- Have your quarantine planthat shows how you will quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This plan is mandatory.
According to IRCC, you must have a plan for how you will self-isolate for 14 days when you get to Canada and how you will obtain medical care if you become sick. While in self-isolation, you will be unable to leave where you are staying for any purpose. If you do not have a plan for self-isolation, including how you will buy groceries and access other essential services, please delay your travel until you have made one.
Click here for more information on travel restrictions and exemptions affecting international students.
- Email Communication Prior to Arrival
In order for SBC to provide the necessary support you need upon your arrival, during your quarantine and post-quarantine periods, international students travelling to Canada must email email@example.com with the following information. In the subject line of your email please put “International Student Travelling to Canada: (put your NAME also). Include in your email:
- Full name of student and the names of all family members travelling with you
- Your quarantine plan
- Confirmation of your intended stay in Canada- the specific and full address with contact details. A scanned copy of your reservation is required.
- Exact travel date
- Flight details as well as a scanned copy of your airline ticket
- Contact information for a family member/friend in your home country in case there is an emergency when you arrive in Canada.
- Pre-Arrival Virtual Advising Sessions
Pre-arrival virtual advising sessions are available for international students. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to set up a time. Advising sessions can be arranged for Fridays during the times of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Print and take a copy of the SBC international Student Readiness plan with you.
Saskatoon Business College will email students with documents and other information from the college before they arrive in Canada. Additional information is on the college’s website.
- ArriveCAN mobile app
All international students arriving in Canada with their co-arriving family members must download the ArriveCAN mobile app (Android, iOS or web format) on your phone before boarding the plane /& or arriving at the border.
- As of November 21, 2020, air travellers whose final destination is Canada will be required to submit their information electronically through ArriveCAN before they board their flight.
- Travellers who do not submit the required information digitally before boarding their flight could be subject to enforcement action, which can range from verbal warnings to $1,000 fine.
- Starting on November 4, 2020, air travellers can expect to be reminded by their air carrier of the need to submit COVID-related information digitally through ArriveCAN prior to boarding their flight to Canada
Current Canadian Travel Restrictions and Exemptions
There are travels restrictions and exemptions for international students.
Click on the link below to learn more about the travel exemptions and restrictions https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/travel-restrictions-exemptions.html
Necessary Health Check Upon Arrival in Canada
According to IRCC: “If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check before you’re allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air. When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health before you leave the port of entry. More information regarding necessary health checks can be found at: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/221
Federal and Provincial Mandatory 14-day quarantine
The federal and provincial governments mandated 14 days self-isolation when travelling from international destinations, including the United States of America.
“All travellers returning from international destinations – including the United States – are subject to a mandatory self-isolation order. Violation of the order may result in a $2,000 fine.”
Any COVID non-compliance will be reported using the on line COVID non-compliance reporting form
How to Self- Isolate
The 14-day mandatory self-isolation must be adhered to. To self-isolate, you must stay at home (the hotel for incoming international students from another country or province) for the full 14-day quarantine period.
Learn more about the mandatory self-isolation requirements at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-how-to-isolate-at-home.html
If you travel outside of the province but within Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan also requires that you self-monitoring for symptoms. See the link below for more details on the Government of Saskatchewan self-monitoring requirements.
Once in Canada, international students and co-arriving immediate family members are responsible for ongoing self-monitoring and assessment of COVID-19 symptoms. If you develop any symptoms call the Health hotline at 811.
Supplies that Students Should Bring for Self-Isolation Recommended by IRCC
More information can be found at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-how-to-isolate-at-home.html
Transportation of international students and their co-arriving immediate family members to a 14-day quarantine location: from Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport to Park Town Hotel Saskatoon.
Arriving students and their co-arriving family members are required to take a taxi from the airport to the Park Town Hotel in Saskatoon where they will be staying for the 14-day mandatory quarantine period. Remember to:
SBC will reimburse you the taxi cost of transportation from the airport in Saskatoon to the Park Town Hotel in Saskatoon – where you will be staying in Saskatoon. Please ensure you get a receipt. Email the receipt to the International Admissions Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org. The reimbursement will be credited to your student account.
Hotel for International Students to Complete the 14-day Quarantine Period
The Park Town Hotel https://www.parktownhotel.com/ will accept international students and their co-arriving family members for the 14-day mandatory quarantine period. You will be responsible for the full cost of staying at the hotel for the period. Make your reservation in advance. Contact email@example.com to make your reservation. Kindly indicate that you are an international student at Saskatoon Business College. More information on rates and requirements for Park Town Hotel is found in SBC International Students Readiness Plan Updated with Health Recommendation.
Meals and Grocery Delivery Services
Meals are available for purchase at the hotel. Check with the hotel front desk or the meal plan brochure in your room to get details. You are responsible for all your meals.
During the 14-day quarantine period, you can choose to arrange for grocery and restaurant delivery at your own cost. Here are some links for grocery purchase and delivery services. You will be required to cover the cost of your groceries and supplies.
If you have any issues with your grocery arrangements, please call the college at 306-244-6333. Ask for the International Department and any of our advisors can guide you.
Mandatory Self-isolation and Classes
International students must immediately self-isolate upon entry to Canada. You cannot leave your hotel to shop for any necessities or to attend any class. Your classes are online/virtual via the Learning Management System- Blackboard. Ensure you have a laptop and can access the learning platform. All classes are “live”, that is, there is an instructor teaching “ live” for each class. If you took classes while you were out of the country, your Blackboard credentials remain the same. If you did not sign-up for classes while you were out of the country, SBC will send you your login information once you check into the hotel/quarantine facility.
Once you are in Canada (at the hotel), please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to tell us know that you have arrived safely and you are in the confirmed facility/hotel. Your SBC Blackboard credentials for virtual classes will then be emailed to you. Arrangements will be made for a virtual orientation with you by the college.
If you are planning on travelling to Canada, it is recommended that you arrange for health insurance from your home country prior to your travels.
Once, you are in Canada with a valid study permit and registered as a full-time student, you may apply for the Saskatchewan Health Card. The processing time to receive the SK health card is approximately 6‑8 weeks. More information of the Saskatchewan Health Card can be found at: https://www.ehealthsask.ca/residents/health-cards/Pages/Apply-for-a-Health-Card.aspx
SELF QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS: 14 DAYS
Please note the self-funded quarantine housing arrangement available for international students. All arrangements must be made prior to travelling to Canada/Saskatoon.
There are no housing facilities at Saskatoon Business College. An arrangement has been made with Park-Town Hotel in Saskatoon https://www.parktownhotel.com for international students and their immediate pre-arrival family members. Note that arriving students and their co-arriving family members can only stay at the Park Town Hotel during their quarantine period. The college has no other quarantine housing arrangements.
To request the 14-day quarantine package, email firstname.lastname@example.org. When you are making your reservation, indicate that you are a student at Saskatoon Business College. When you are booking your reservation, ask the hotel representative if the complimentary free airport pick-up would be available. Restrictions apply.
All payments for stay at the Park Town Hotel must be made prior to arrival at the hotel.
Saskatoon Business College will provide information on the number and schedule of all incoming international students to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Heath
Important Information if you feel ill/become sick
If you or any of your co-arriving family members become ill during the quarantine period, if you become symptomatic, use the online SK Assessment tool. Call the HealthLine at 811 and follow the directives of the health personnel.
Testing is available and recommended if you have unexplained new or worsening symptoms (even mild symptoms). Click on the link below for the SK Self-Assessment Tool and other information you will need to follow:
Please call HealthLine by dialing 811 if you have questions regarding COVID-19 and your health. HealthLine 811 can help you with screening for COVID-19 to determine if a test is recommended for you and refer you for testing. All residents should be familiar with self-monitoring and self-isolation precautions, in order to keep you and those around you safe.
If you have questions about COVID-19, you can:
- Call HealthLine 811
- Access the most up-to-date news and information on www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19
- Email COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca
In addition to completing the SK Self-Assessment online and following the directives of the health representative from the HealthLine at 811, you are also required to call the college at 306-244-6333 and speak with the International Student Manager or the Admissions Officer. Email email@example.com and cc the admissions officer at firstname.lastname@example.org and inform them of any outbreak in the quarantine facility or if you or your co-arriving family member has a positive COVID-19 test.
Updated information on public outbreaks as well as other information related to COVID-www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.
Post-Entry to Canada:
- As of November 21, 2020, travellers who enter Canada by air, land or marine modes, unless exempted under conditions set out in the Mandatory Isolation Order, will also be required to submit information through ArriveCAN or by calling the 1-833-641-0343 toll-free number during their quarantine or isolation period.
- Travellers who don’t use ArriveCAN to submit their information before entering Canada will be required to call the 1-833-641-0343 toll-free number on a daily basis throughout their quarantine or isolation period to provide their post-border information. They will not be able to revert to using ArriveCAN.
Social Stigma and Mitigation of Social Barriers Associated with COVID-19
“The current Covid-19 outbreak has provoked social stigma and discriminatory behaviors against people of certain ethnic backgrounds as well as anyone perceived to have been in contact with the virus” https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/covid19-stigma-guide.pdf.
The college is dedicated to addressing any issue of racism, sexism, and ageism, or any other issues that affect our students. Related and updated information as well as strategic initiatives employed by the college to create an environment conducive of equality will be communicated to students via email as well as via our Blackboard Announcement portal. Check our SBC Student Day Planner & Procedures Guide for our Dispute Resolution Policy and Harassment/Bullying Policy. The Ministry of Advanced Educations, Universities and Private Vocational Schools in Saskatchewan also serve as our external mediator in matters of this nature, if the student feels the matter was not addressed to his/her satisfaction.
New international students are connected with other students with similar cultural background and language as well as cultural organizations in the City of Saskatoon to assist in the mentoring, transition, social integration, support process of students, enhancing their adaptability and success.
International students will be provided with the COVID-19 Stigma Guide published by the World Health Organization to assist them in identifying and dealing with stigma issues. See https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/covid19-stigma-guide.pdf
24- Hour Student Support System
The college also has the Student Support Program that provides counselling and guidance to the students 24 –hours per day in various languages. Students are able to connect with counsellors (via telephone or Zoom) who are familiar with their language and cultures and uniqueness.
POST QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS
Saskatoon Business College will continue to offer the required support to all incoming students and their co-arriving family members during and after the 14-day mandatory quarantine period. The college understands that transition from one country to another during this pandemic can be difficult especially with associated stigmas of COVID-19. We are here to help you through this process.
The health and safety of our students is important. The college has both internal and external structures and programs to assist our students, including but not limited to mental health counselling, racism counselling, sexism counselling, ageism counselling, policies and procedures to mitigate any stigma associated with COVID-19, as well as any other social barrier stigma.
All international students participate in a virtual orientation arranged for the first week of arrival in Canada. The virtual orientation is via the SBC Blackboard Collaborate System. Students are able to meet virtually with their admission and academic advisor, funding advisor, other staff members including the principal. Students will be introduced to the learning management system (actual demonstration given), policy manual and guidelines, class scheduling, and are taken through the college’s support structures/ systems. Students will also receive information on Canadian culture, immigration policy, their responsibilities as an international students, the application process for Saskatchewan Health card as well as learning more about the health system in the province, Canadian culture, integration strategies, and other related topics. In addition, the students will be introduced to the keep.meSAFE is a 24-hour support system for mental health and wellness, where a representative from the program will share information with students.
Health Card: Applying and Updating
International students and co-arriving family members can apply for the Saskatchewan Health. Students will be able to attend a virtual session to learn more of the Saskatchewan Health system. Topics that are covered will include the application process for the SK Health card, coverage of the SK Health card, updating and changing information, and other health related matters such as finding a family doctor.
Learn more about SK Health: https://www.ehealthsask.ca/residents/health-cards
Mental Health Support
Supporting the mental wellness of our students is an important element to their success. SBC offers the keep.meSAFE program to students. It is a 24-hour support system for mental health and wellness. Students will be introduced to this program during orientation. The program features free and confidential support anytime of the day or night (real-time & appointment based support). Students have access to counsellors that speak their language and understand their culture. There are different effective convenient ways to access support:
- download the MY SSP App
- Call 1.844.451.9700 or + 1.416.380.6578
- Visit www.keepmesafe.org
The keep.meSAFE program also covers free online resources that are accessible via their website as well as internally on the SBC announcement platform via the learning management system. These resources cover topics including dealing with anxiety, depression, managing stress, managing during the COVID-19 pandemic, among other topics.
In addition, the college hosts presentations on Managing Mental Health with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Saskatoon Branch. Students can learn more about these services and get additional information at https://saskatoon.cmha.ca/document-category/mental-health/
Learn more about the keep.meSAFE program, SBC International Students Readiness Plan Updated with Health Recommendation
Student Services Department
Saskatoon Business College is passionate about the academic success of students and seeks to incorporate programs and other supporting activities for the holistic, equal, and inclusive development of the students. Students with disabilities and/ or requiring special learning accommodation can be reassured that they will be provided with the required learning accommodations that will enhance their success. Students requesting assistance can send an email in confidence to email@example.com
Academic, Life Skills Counselling, and Additional Individual Support
Not only does the Saskatoon Business College International Student Centre offer one-on-one academic and life skills counselling as well as a tutorial and orientation session, but all of the Saskatoon Business College instructors are also committed to assisting you with your academic needs.
In addition, the keep.meSAFE program also offers academic and non-academic individual support.
Conversation Circles are also available as well as introduction to community groups. During COVID-19 restrictions, these are virtual. These offer excellent opportunities to transition smoothly into college and the Saskatoon community as you learn about places to go and the Canadian culture. Speak with the International Student Advisor or the SBC Principal for contact details.
Questions about COVID-19 after your 14-day mandatory quarantine:
If you have questions about COVID-19, you can:
- Call HealthLine 811
- Access the most up-to-date news and information on www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19
- Email COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca
If you are feeling ill, complete the SK Self-Assessment online and following the directives of the health representative from the HealthLine at 811. In addition, you are also required to call the college at 306-244-6333 and speak with the International Student Manager or the Admissions Officer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and cc the admissions officer at email@example.com and inform them of your illness (or your co-arriving family member), and if you/co-arriving family member has a positive COVID-19 test.
SBC will collaborate with SHA and public health to regarding outbreak within the quarantine facility and will be guided by the instructions/recommendations given both from the health and provincial authorities. The student and/or co-arriving family member must follow the directives of the health authority and abide by the health/provincial guidelines/recommendations.
During this time, the college will be in contact with the student and will offer support services in organizing food, medication, and other essential necessities. The college will liaise with health/provincial authorities to seek appropriate assistance/guidance regarding housing for isolation if/when required. It is the student’s responsibility to cover the related cost of purchasing and delivering these items, housing costs, etc.
Updated information on public outbreaks as well as other information related to COVID-19 www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.
The college will continue to provide communications of any outbreak as identified by public health via its internal announcement channel (Blackboard) as well as via email to all students. As an international student, you will be included in the internal emails/announcements/information.
SBC Reopen Plans
Students and co-arriving family members are required to read the SBC Reopen Plans and be familiar with the process/guidelines/recommendations as well as any updates from province/health authorities. These plans/guidelines/recommendations will remain in place as long as indicated by the province/health authorities.
International students are required to follow the guidelines in the SBC Reopen Plans. Each international student will be contacted to determine what assistance, if any, is required should an outbreak occur. Remember, the college will follow the directives, guidelines and recommendations from provincial/health authorities.
Download and print a copy of SBC’s International Student Readiness Plan.
SBC International Team
Updated Jan 4, 2021