Immigration & COVID‑19 Updates

Page updated: June 3, 2022

Note: the International Quarantine Bursary Reimbursement is now closed and we are no longer accepting submissions.


The International Centre is committed to working with you to be successful at Dal. Please reach out to us with any questions you may have about immigration, events and programs, international travel, any anything else related to student life. You can email us at international.centre@dal.ca or call 902-494-1566.

International Student Status Form

Whether you’ve already arrived on campus, are in transit, or are making travel plans for the current or future terms, we ask that all international students fill out the International Student Status form. This will ensure that your ongoing questions and support needs can be addressed as quickly and effectively as possible.

Travel updates

Before making travel plans, please refer to the Government of Canada’s International Student Travel Requirements webpage for advice and information. The Government of Canada checklist also provides information about what to have ready at the border when you arrive in Canada.

You are allowed to enter Canada only if you are fully vaccinated with a full series of vaccines, or combination of vaccines, accepted by the Government of Canada at least 15 calendar days prior to entering the country. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will not be able to enter Canada.

Upon your entry to Canada by air or at a land border crossing, the border services officer may notify you that you have been randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test. As a fully vaccinated traveller, you can travel to your destination, including on connecting flights, without waiting for your arrival test results (if selected for testing).

Pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. 

Foreign nationals who don’t qualify as fully vaccinated and who don’t permanently reside in Canada will be allowed to depart Canada up until August 31, 2022. They must also show proof of a valid COVID-19 test result at the time of boarding. After that time, foreign nationals will need to be fully vaccinated in order to board a flight or train to depart Canada. Visit the government website for more information.

International Centre advisors are available to help with your ArriveCan quarantine plan and to answer your questions. If you need assistance, contact international.centre@dal.ca or 902-494-1566.

Health plan

Obtain your DSU Health Insurance Plan by visiting the Student VIP International website.