We understand you may have questions! See answers below to frequently asked questions for international students related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If you require further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also see 1) PDF documents attached below; and 2) the college’s COVID-19 Updates page.
Arrival and Quarantine
For students outside of Canada now:
Effective September 20, 2021:
Will I need to quarantine after I arrive in Canada?
It depends on a) whether you are “fully vaccinated”; and b) the decision of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer you meet when you arrive in Canada.
All travelers will be required to disclose COVID-19 vaccination information, including whether they received a COVID-19 vaccine, the brand name or any other information that identifies the vaccine that was administered, the dates on which the vaccine was administered, and the doses received.
- See this link for information about what is considered “fully vaccinated”.
- Even if you meet the requirements for fully vaccinated the CBSA office can require you to quarantine
- Provide proof of your vaccination in English or French (or a certified translation).
- Submit all required COVID-19 information electronically using ArriveCAN prior to travel to Canada, have a paper or digital copy of proof of vaccination, and have a suitable quarantine plan.
- The CBSA officer will check that you meet the pre-entry and on-arrival testing requirements (pre-departure PCR and take arrival test) and whether you are asymptomatic.
Note: All travelers, whether “fully vaccinated” or not, must have a specific plan for a 14-day quarantine, as it is possible the CBSA officer will require quarantine. Quarantine plans must be uploaded to the ArriveCan app before you travel.
If you believe you are fully vaccinated, use this link. Follow the steps under ““Exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers”. Click on all colored links and read information carefully.
Also see Assiniboine’s “Quarantine Checklist” PDF document, for general information and advice in case you will need to quarantine.
Travellers exempted from quarantine are still required to:
- wear a mask when they are in public, and
- maintain a list of the names and contact information of persons they are in close contact with and the locations visited during the 14 days after entry to Canada, and
- follow any other public health measures of the province or territory they are in.
To enter Canada, what is considered “fully vaccinated”?
See this link. Click on all colored links and read information carefully.
I am not “fully vaccinated”. What must I do?
Follow “Students, cross-border students and people driving them” on this page.
Open all colored links and read information carefully.
Also see Assiniboine’s “Quarantine Checklist” PDF document, for general information and advice for your required quarantine planning.
Do I need an enrolment letter to travel?
You should definitely have 1) a letter of acceptance and 2) an “essential travel” letter. The Government of Canada website here does not mention an “enrollment letter”. However some September intake students were asked by border guards to prove enrollment, so if you choose to order an enrollment letter, order it using this link at least 10 days before you travel.
And, always follow all emails you receive from Assiniboine staff, to the personal email address you gave on your application. This is where you will learn about your MyACC account and your new Assiniboine Outlook email address. After you have an Assiniboine Outlook email address, you should check that Outlook address regularly.
I have heard that I must have a COVID-19 test after arrival in Canada, and again on the 8th day after arrival. Is this true?
The Government of Canada will use a system of random selection for post-arrival testing. Therefore, only some travellers will be required to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test and will receive this information at the airport of entry to Canada. See this link.
I have heard that travellers to Canada must have a negative COVID-19 test before arriving in Canada. Is this true?
Yes, this is true. All people, whether vaccinated or not, who wish to travel to Canada must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 hours before travel to Canada. See this link.
Note for students travelling from India: Until at least September 21, you cannot fly to Canada directly from India. Therefore, you would need to fly indirectly, through a “third” country. This means you would need to complete the COVID-19 test in the third country; you will need to enter that third country legally and may need to remain in that that third country while waiting for those test results—before continuing to Canada.
What are the responsibilities of me as a student upon arrival into Canada?
All international students are responsible to have adequate financial resources to support their quarantine plans. This is required even if you request the “fully vaccinated” exemption, as the final decision is made by the CBSA officer at the border, based on the information you provide when you arrive in Canada.
International students must also be prepared to quarantine for 14 days in case they are symptomatic and/or do not meet the requirements for the fully vaccinated exemptions. Upon arrival, you must be able to demonstrate a quarantine plan and the financial means to support 14-days of quarantine in Canada, if required. Failure to do so may result in fines of up to $5,000 (Canadian) under the Contraventions Act.
Student who are exempt from quarantine should monitor closely for symptoms for at least 14 days after arrival. You also must maintain a list of the names and contact information of persons you had close contact with, and the locations you visited during that period.
International students must ensure that they have prepared themselves using accurate information attained from reliable sources from the Government of Canada, including the website links in these FAQs.
If I refuse to comply with quarantine measures, what will happen?
If a student is believed to be non-compliant with quarantine requirements or any other requirement of the Emergency Orders, the appropriate enforcement authorities may be contacted, including the police. This ensures that measures can be taken to mitigate potential health risk as quickly as possible.
Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to:
- 6 months in prison and/or
- $750,000 in fines
The Contraventions Act provides police (including RCMP, provincial and local police) the authority to enforce the Quarantine Act. Tickets with fines of up to $5,000 may be issued for non-compliance.
What if I test positive while in quarantine?
Students who test positive while in quarantine must remain in isolation for 14 days from the date the test sample was taken and must follow the direction of the public health authorities who provided the test.
To prepare for these circumstances, students are required to demonstrate before departing for Canada that they have the financial means to support an extended stay in a quarantine facility in case isolation is required.
If I test positive on arrival in Canada, will I stay at a designated quarantine facility?
Accommodation at a designated quarantine facility is only for exceptional circumstances for those with no other options. International students are responsible for ensuring that they have adequate financial resources to support their quarantine plans. International students cannot expect to receive free lodging and medical care. No medical care is available at designated quarantine facilities, so it is critical that you buy health insurance for your arrival in Canada.
You should disregard all messaging on social media platforms that tell you to cancel your quarantine booking because it is possible to quarantine for free at designated quarantine facilities. This information is false and misleading.
Are there any special instructions for students traveling from India?
This will vary by travel date.
Up to September 26, 2021 at 23:59 Eastern Daylight Time:
The Government of Canada has suspended flights from India until September 26, 2021 at 23:59 Eastern Daylight Time.
Passengers must travel to Canada from India via an indirect route, and will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada. Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days prior to departure, instead of a negative COVID-19 molecular test. This proof must be obtained in a third country before the continuation of the journey to Canada. You might need to seek entry and stay in a third country for at least 14 days.
Carefully consider your itinerary, transit options and entry requirements for third countries. Keep in mind:
- certain countries do not allow entry or transit from passengers arriving from India or from passengers who have previously tested positive to COVID-19
- COVID-19 testing for passengers in transit might not be available in all international airports or third countries
- if you test positive during transit, you may be quarantined or sent back to your point of departure
Starting September 27, 2021 at 24:00 (12 midnight) Eastern Daylight Time, from Government of Canada website here:
Travellers eligible to enter Canada will be able to board direct flights from India to Canada with the following additional measures:
- Travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test from the approved Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of their direct flight to Canada.
- Prior to boarding, air operators will be checking the travellers’ test results ensuring they are eligible to come to Canada, and that fully vaccinated travellers have uploaded their information into the ArriveCAN mobile app or website. Travellers who are unable to meet these requirements will be denied boarding.
And, travellers…who depart India for Canada via an indirect route will continue to be required to obtain, within 72 hours of departure, a valid negative COVID-19 molecular test from a third country – other than India – before continuing their journey to Canada.
Where do I find Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) information about travel to Canada?
Please find the most up-to-date IRCC information about travel restrictions here.
For students in Canada, but outside of Manitoba now:
Effective September 20, 2021
Do I need to quarantine/self-isolate after I arrive in Manitoba?
It will depend on whether you have been “fully vaccinated”, or not. If fully vaccinated: no need to self-isolate upon arrival in Manitoba. If not fully vaccinated: required to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days upon arrival in Manitoba. This could include students who already completed a quarantine after arrival in Canada; if you stopped in another Canadian province, you will need to self-isolate again for 14 days after arrival in Manitoba.
Children under the age of 12 who are travelling with one or more persons over 12 years of age who are all fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to self-isolate if they are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. See this link.
Also see Assiniboine’s “Quarantine Checklist” PDF document, for general information and advice in case you will need to quarantine.
It will also depend on whether you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are awaiting COVID-19 test results. Any individual with COVID-19 symptoms or awaiting COVID-19 test results, should NOT travel to Manitoba, and should follow direction of the public health authorities in your city/town.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms anytime after arrival in Manitoba, you are required to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.
For travel to Manitoba, what is considered “fully vaccinated”?
It depends on the vaccine and the date of your last dose. See this link.
I was vaccinated in another province / territory - how can I get proof of this for the Government of Manitoba?
From this Manitoba link: If you received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Manitoba, you will need to get a record of your vaccination from the jurisdiction where you received it.
Once you have your vaccination record, please use this online form to submit it, and your information will be updated.
You can also call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) with this information, if needed. After this information has been updated, you can then request an immunization card online.
Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines
Do I need to be vaccinated to be on campus?
Our current COVID Campus Access Policy states that students must prove they are fully vaccinated or undergo routine testing to show a negative COVID-19 test. Please refer to the FAQs on this page for details.
Can international students get a vaccine in Manitoba?
Yes. There is no cost to be vaccinated. Remember to book a vaccine appointment for a date after quarantine is finished. Temporary residents must provide proof of date of entry to Manitoba, as well as documentation to support the reason and anticipated length of their stay, for example, your study permit. Also bring some form of government-issued photo ID, such as a passport, in order to get the vaccine. Visit the manitoba.ca website. For vaccine locations, use this link.
If I received a vaccine in my home country that is not approved in Canada, can I get vaccinated again?
Possibly. See information under “Third Doses” here.
If I received only one dose of a vaccine in my home country, can I get my second dose in Canada?
Students who have received their first dose in their home country are eligible to receive a second dose in Manitoba. You should contact a local public health office to have your first dose recorded. For a list of public health offices, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/offices. Healthcare professionals will advise you as to your vaccination schedule here in Manitoba. You will need proof of vaccination from their public health office or equivalent in their home country.
I don’t have a Manitoba Health card or guard.me policy number. Can I book a vaccine appointment?
Yes you can! For vaccine locations and how to book, use this link.
When you call, booking staff may ask for “your health card”, but don’t worry about this. The staff are trained to ask this because most people will have a health card; the staff may not be familiar with international student insurance. Be sure to bring some photo ID to your appointments, such as a Manitoba driver’s license or a passport.
I don’t have a “Manitoba Health” card. How can I get a Manitoba vaccination card?
You would be considered “fully vaccinated”:
- two (2) weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series, such as Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zeneca vaccines, OR
- two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If the vaccination you receive is not on the ‘fully vaccinated’ list above, see the FAQ below this one. You will require a dose of Pfizer or Moderna to be considered fully immunized. This is a multi-step process and can take about four weeks in total. Read everything below before you start.
If you were vaccinated outside of Manitoba: Follow steps 1, 2, and 3 below. To start, you will need an official record of each vaccination from the jurisdiction where you received it. Scan or take a photograph of each one; save each one as a .jpg or .jpeg file, no larger than 3MB in size. It is likely easiest to use a desktop or laptop computer.
If you were vaccinated in Manitoba (all required doses): Follow only steps 2 and 3 below.
- Get a Manitoba Immunization Record. Go to https://forms.gov.mb.ca/covid-immunization-record-request/index.html to submit your out of province immunization documentation to receive an official Manitoba Immunization Record. You can do this from your home country, or from another Canadian province, but you will need to use a valid Canadian mailing address and phone number, and a valid email address. After you submit this, Manitoba will update your record. You will receive a confirmation email when this is done. This could take up to 2 weeks. Next:
- Request Manitoba Vaccination Card. After you receive the confirmation email, immediately phone 1-844-626-8222 to request your Manitoba Vaccination Card. This is different that your Manitoba Immunization Record. Tell the staff member on the phone that you are an international student who has received a Manitoba Immunization Record, but does not have a Manitoba Health Card. Say you will need your Manitoba Vaccination Card. The staff will give you a Client Identification Number needed to get the QR code (digital version of the card) and a hard copy Manitoba Vaccination Card.
- 3a) For a hard copy card: We strongly suggest you request a physical card to be postal mailed to you. This card is required to enter many public locations such as restaurants, sporting events, and entertainment facilities. The staff person on the phone in Step 2 may be able to request the physical card for you. If they cannot, follow the instructions in the second part (part 3b) below.
3b) For QR Code: Go to https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunizationrecord/residents.html#immunization-cards and click the blue “Request Your Immunization Card” button. There, you will need to use your email address to create an account and input your Client Identification Number. (You can also request your hard copy vaccination card here—if you have not done this already.)
For more information, go to the Government of Manitoba’s website here.
What if the vaccination I received is from a brand not currently approved in Canada?
If you have received one or two doses of a vaccine that is not approved by Health Canada but approved by the World Health Organization, you can receive a dose of mRNA vaccine in Manitoba to be considered fully immunized. This dose can be administered at supersites, pop-ups or mobile clinics, or by a health care provider or pharmacist.
If you have received three doses of a vaccine not approved by Health Canada, you are also considered fully immunized. At that point, you can then request your Manitoba immunization card by calling 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222).
For FAQs specific to our COVID Campus Access Policy and requirements for coming onto campus, please refer to the FAQs on this page.
Other Common Questions
Am I required to wear a face mask on campus?
Yes, we require all students, staff and visitors to wear face masks while on campus, unless they have a medical exemption from doing so. If you forget a face mask, please visit your school office or security and they will provide you with one to use for the day.
I need assistance with academic planning. Who should I speak to?
Contact your School office to talk to your Student Success Advisor (SSA) or program chair. The SSA and program chairs work closely with Assiniboine International to support students. Please find appropriate contact details under the FAQs on our Student Resources page.
Who do I talk to about admissions/application/program availability?
Please email the International office team at email@example.com.
Who do I talk to about course registration or payment questions?
Please contact the Registrar’s Office via the following methods: Call: 204.725.8701 or toll-free 800.862.6307 ext 8701 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I work full-time off-campus when my in-person classes are finished?
No, you are still a student for the full dates listed in your MyACC. You are only permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week. The only two exceptions are: a) If you have an on-campus job, you can work more than 20 hours per week in total (on- and off-campus) b) If you have paid work in a college practicum or co-op, for credit, authorized in advance by the instructor, and if you have a “co-op work permit”.
I’m finished my program, when can I get my letter of completion?
The original end date of the program applies. After the end date of all courses as shown in MyACC has passed and when all grades are showing in MyACC, you may request the completion letter through your MyACC account only.
Please note there is a fee for this. Completion letters are usually processed within 3-5 business days after received and will be mailed to the address noted in MyACC.
Additional FAQs for all students related to COVID-19 can be found on our Student Resource and FAQ page.