Arriving in Canada

COVID-19 Update

Review the Government of Canada website before booking travel for up-to-date information on restrictions and guidelines.

Please do not attempt travel prior to receiving your study permit.

Winter 2023 Travel Deadlines

  • The deadline to pay the tuition deposit is November 30, 2022. This must be paid prior to travelling to Canada.

  • If your study permit is approved prior to December 10, 2022, please plan to arrive in Canada no later than January 11, 2023. You will not be allowed to begin classes in the Winter 2023 Term if you arrive after January 11, 2023. As soon as you receive an approval, email a copy of your approval to johoanne.gonzales@kingsu.ca or upload this copy through your Application Status Page.

  • If your study permit has not been approved by December 10, 2022, your arrival deadline will be set on a case-by-case basis. We expect students intending to travel to Canada to do so as soon as they are able.

  • As soon as your travel plans are made, complete the Arrival Survey. This will also be sent to you by email.

Travelling to Canada

On October 1, 2022, the Government of Canada ended all COVID-19 border requirements for travellers entering Canada by land, air, or sea. This means that international students are no longer required to:

  • Present proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Take COVID-19 pre-entry or arrival tests
  • Quarantine after entering Canada

The use of ArriveCAN is also not required; however, if you are flying into Toronto Pearson, Vancouver, or Montréal-Trudeau International Airports, you can still use ArriveCAN to complete your Advance CBSA Declaration to save time upon your arrival. While masks are no longer required on planes in Canada, it is still strongly recommended that your wear high quality and well-fitted masks or respirators while you travel. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should not travel to Canada.

You can find more information about entering Canada on the Government of Canada website.

Don’t forget – you must have paid your $5000 International Student Tuition Deposit before you travel to Canada. You will have problems at the airport if you try to come without having proof of having paid your deposit.

Please do not attempt travel prior to receiving your study permit.

Please Note

Remember, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers will make a final determination on your eligibility to enter Canada at the port of entry, which is why it is very important that you have the correct documentation on hand.

Travel Planning & Documents To Bring

Review IRCC's instructions here. Have the following documents packed in your carry-on bag (do not put these in your checked luggage):

  • Passport
  • Approval of your study permit
  • A valid electronic travel authorization (eTA), a valid visitor visa (temporary resident visa), a valid green card (or equivalent official proof of U.S. status) or another valid travel document
  • Copy of your admission letter to King’s – you will find this in your Application Status Portal.
  • Proof of your course registrations in CrossRoad
  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members that come with you to Canada (It's recommend to use bank statements/documents dated within one month of your travel).
  • Valid immigration medical examination results, if required.

Try to book your flight directly into the Edmonton International Airport to reduce your in-Canada travel.

What To Pack

  • 3 or 4 days of clean clothes, in case your luggage is lost.

  • Cellphone

  • Laptop

  • Headphones & Ear plugs

  • Photos of friends and family

  • Bathroom toiletries

  • Power adapters (if necessary)

  • All medications you use

  • Passport