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New Image College has developed this arrival guide for international students. The arrival guide is designed to support international student safe arrival and self-isolation/quarantine in preparation for study at New Image College while COVID-19 presents a risk to our community.

This guide will be updated regularly by New Image College to reflect changes in response to new information, updated procedures, or guidance from the Provincial Health Officer or the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

New Image College has dedicated employees available through phone, video-chat, email that has been enhanced to prepare for international student support during COVID-19. Please note that the below information was deemed correct at the time of publication. Information is subject to change based on government travel advisories. Please review links to travel advisories often to be sure you have the most current and updated information.

Before Arriving in Canada

  1. Monitor and review Canada’s entry requirements before and during your travel as arrival to Canada following international travel could be severely restricted due to the spread of the Omicron variant. Entry Requirements (please check the Student section) https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions
  2. To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, please check the following link: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada#determine-fully
  3. COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada#determine-fully
  4. Ensure you will be able to obtain a COVID-19 molecular test in order to meet Canada’s testing requirements to arrive in Canada. More about tests: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada#getting-tested
  5. Consider the availability and potentially high cost of adequate medical services should you become ill. New Image College provides a Health Insurance plan that covers COVID-19. Email ana@newimage.ca if you are interested.
  6. Make sure you meet the requirements to board a flight in Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/domestic-travel?utm_campaign=gac-amc-covid-21-22&utm_source=travel-covid_travel-restrictions_flying&utm_medium=redirect&utm_content=en#within
  7. Air travellers are required to undergo a health check before boarding. If the air operator sees that the traveller has COVID-19 symptoms, they will be required to refuse boarding them for 14 days or until a medical certificate is presented that confirms that their symptoms are not related to COVID-19. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms.html#a1

 

Do not travel if you:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild
  • are in quarantine or isolation
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • are waiting for the results of a lab test for COVID-19
  • have been in close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19

During your travel

  1. Stay informed of the local COVID-19 situation, be prepared and follow local public health
    advice and regulations.
  2. Consistently use multiple personal preventive practices at the same time, regardless of
    your vaccination status. This is called a layered approach and it helps protect yourself and
    others. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html#p
  3. Properly wear a well-constructed and well-fitting mask when recommended, such as when:
  4. Maximize your distance from people outside of your immediate household or close travel group. Follow local public health recommendations such as gathering size limits.
  5. Avoid common greetings, such as handshakes.
  6. Limit contact with people at higher risk of more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19, like older adults and those with underlying medical conditions or compromised immune systems. This helps protect yourself and others. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/people-high-risk-for-severe-illness-covid-19.html
  7. Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. It’s a good idea to always keep some with you when you travel. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/healthy-living/your-health/diseases/benefits-hand-washing.html
  8. Perform respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
  9. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  10. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that you frequently touch. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/cleaning-disinfecting-public-spaces.html
  11. If you feel sick or experience any symptoms of COVID-19 during your flight to Canada or upon arrival, you must inform the flight attendant or a Government of Canada screening or quarantine officer immediately.
  12. If you don’t have symptoms but believe you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, report this information to a screening or quarantine officer on arrival in Canada. This is required under the Quarantine Act. The screening or quarantine officer will provide instructions for you to follow.

 

Once in Canada, please know:

The types of activities and actions you take will influence the likelihood of your exposure to the virus
that causes COVID-19.

  • Avoid high-risk activities, such as visiting crowded indoor or outdoor settings. Examples include:
    • large live performances
    • busy bars or sports events
    • travel in a crowded and closed-in and/or poorly ventilated forms of transportation (e.g., a local bus/minibus)
  • Avoid closed spaces (with poor ventilation) and crowded places when with people from outside of your immediate household or travel group.

 

Letter of Support to Enter Canada

In addition to all necessary documents that you will need to present atthe border, New Image College also provided a Letter of Support to Study and Work for you to present upon entrance. This letter states that New Image College students are required to participate in presential classes and/or comply with their Co-Op term during Pacific Time Zone working hours. Before providing students with their letter of support, the New Image College’s Student Services department requires students to submit the following:

  1. A copy of your valid Study Permit OR a copy of the initial study permit approval issued
    before the relevant issue date.
  2. A copy of the purchased medical insurance for the 90-day waiting period.
  3. The flight information and the planned travel date
  4. A suitable quarantine plan where you:
    • stay for 14 days or possibly longer
    • have access to the necessities of life, including water, food, medication, and heat without leaving quarantine
    • can avoid contact with others who did not travel with you
    • have no visits from family or guests
  5. Proof of vaccination which include:
    • the details of your first dose (date, country and vaccine you received)
    • the details of your second dose if one was required (i.e., for Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines)
    • a photo or PDF file of the record of each dose of your vaccination, such as receipts, cards, or confirmations:
      • if you received two doses and they are both recorded on a single card or PDF, upload that same image or file for dose 1 and again for dose 2
      • file formats accepted: PDF, PNG, JPEG or JPG
      • maximum file size for upload: each image upload has a 2 MB size limit
      • preferred file format: if you received a PDF file of your vaccination record, upload the PDF rather than an image, since the PDF is clearer and easier to read o these must be in English, French, or a certified translation into English or French

Bring your original proof of vaccination with you while you travel.

 

Finally…

  1. Again, check https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions for the complete checklist of what is needed from you as a student entering Canada. Please email studentservices@newimage.ca if you still have any questions.
  2. Remember to pay close attention to the COVID-19 situation at your destination before travelling, including at the local level.
  3. The COVID-19 situation can change rapidly and can vary a lot from one country to another, even within regions of a country.
  4. This advice provided by the Government of Canada will continue to be re-evaluated based on the evolving situation in Canada and in other countries.

 

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