International students travelling outside Canada and then re-entering

If you have a valid study permit

You may be able to re-enter Canada as an international student if you have any of the following:

  • a valid study permit
  • approval for a study permit or study permit extension

You must also meet all the following criteria:

Having an eTA or a visa doesn’t guarantee that we’ll let you back into Canada. The only exception to needing a valid visitor visa is if you travel only to the United States or St-Pierre and Miquelon, and you return to Canada with a valid study permit. This exception doesn’t apply for eTA holders.

You must show the border services officer that you meet all the requirements listed above before we’ll let you re-enter.


You must use ArriveCAN before checking in at the airport or crossing the border to submit your

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptoms self-assessment

Please bring your ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper) with you to show the border services officer upon arrival.

Mandatory quarantine, COVID-19 testing and other requirements

Before you travel to Canada as a student, make sure you meet all the requirements to come to Canada at this time. To find this out, you have 2 options:

If your study permit extension hasn’t been approved yet

You won’t be able to study until we approve your study permit extension.

If you applied to extend your study permit but we haven’t approved your application yet, you won’t be able to enter Canada.

Do not try to come back to Canada until you meet all of the mandatory quarantine, COVID-19 testing and other requirements for travelling to Canada.

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