By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination is required to access some events, services and businesses. Starting September 13th, individuals in British Columbia will be required to show proof of at least their first vaccine in order to access events, services and businesses. By October 24th individuals must show proof that they are double vaccinated.
Effective September 7, foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption can enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel.
International language students may now enter the country without the requirement to quarantine for 14 days. To be eligible to enter the country, students must:
- be fully vaccinated: a traveller must have received, and show proof of, the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson);
- have a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or their arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Antigen tests are not accepted;
- be asymptomatic;
- submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN (App or website), including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan;
- be admissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
- take a test on arrival, if selected.
Read more: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html
As of Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout B.C. to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as B.C. prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.
A new order from the provincial health officer will require people 12 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. These settings include:
- malls, shopping centres, coffee shops and retail and grocery stores;
- liquor and drug stores;
- airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres;
- restaurants, pubs and bars (unless seated);
- on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;
- areas of office buildings where services to the public are provided;
- common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity;
- common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations; and
This temporary order will be reassessed as the B.C. vaccine card requirement is fully implemented in certain social and recreational settings, as announced on Aug. 23. Learn more here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0053-001665
Masks remain mandatory in all areas at VGC International College.
The government of British Columbia has announced that vaccine passports will be required in order to access some events, services and non-essential businesses. Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated. Learn more about BC’s vaccine passport here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof
On September 7, 2021, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to all fully vaccinated travellers. This means that fully vaccinated students (including students with an eTA, visitor visa or any other visa type) who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements will be able to enter Canada. Those students will no longer be required to quarantine at a government-designated hotel upon arrival or take a Covid-19 test on day-8.
As of August 9, 2021, the 3-night government authorized hotel quarantine will no longer be required for all travellers arriving by air. Fully vaccinated students who meet the requirements will be exempt from quarantine but must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case they do not meet the necessary requirements.
Read the full government update: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/07/government-of-canada-announces-easing-of-border-measures-for-fully-vaccinated-travellers.html
The Canadian government states that border measures remain subject to change as the epidemiological situation evolves. Please follow the Government Website for the latest announcement and changes: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid
Over 78% of eligible people in British Columbia have received their first vaccination. Thanks to this increase in Covid-19 vaccinations and a steady decline in cases and hospitalizations, BC has officially moved into phase 3 of the 4-step Restart Plan to reopen the province. Starting today, a lot of restrictions have been lifted for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings, sports and exercise. For a detailed overview of all the changes as of July 1 please visit the BC Government website.
Masks still remain mandatory on VGC’s campuses until further notice.
The Government of Canada officially announced the first phase of easing border measures for travellers entering Canada. As of July 5, 2021, all persons who are currently authorized to enter the country, including international students (study permit holders), AND are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, will no longer be required to quarantine at a government-designated hotel upon arrival or take a Covid-19 test on day-8.
To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.
Fully vaccinated travellers will still be required to undergo a Covid-19 test upon arrival and stay in isolation until the test comes back negative. All other mandatory requirements, including pre- and on-arrival testing are still required.
Thanks to an increase in Covid-19 vaccinations and a steady decline in case numbers and hospitalizations, BC has officially moved into phase 2 of the 4-step Restart Plan to reopen the province. The recreational travel ban within BC is now lifted and larger gatherings with Safety Plans in place can now be organized. Masks and physical distancing guidelines remain mandatory in indoor public spaced.
For more information and an overview of all the changes as of June 15 please visit the BC Government website.
The BC Government has announced BC’s Restart Plan, a four-step plan focused on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal.
Starting May 25, we can gradually begin to restart our important social connections, businesses and activities. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart. International Students are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Click here to learn more.
Please find below the updates regarding socializing etc. in Phase 1, effective May 25th:
- Outdoor personal gatherings up to 10 people are allowed
- Indoor personal gatherings up to 5 people or 1 other household (Examples of a personal gathering include having friends over to your house)
- Recreational travel within your travel region allowed
- Non-essential travel between travel regions continues to be restricted
Restaurants, Pubs, Bars and Food Courts
- Indoor and outdoor dining is now possible for groups up to 6 people (not restricted to your household or bubble)
- Liquor served until 10 pm
Sports and Exercise
- Indoor low intensity group exercise allowed with limited capacity
- Outdoor games and practices for both adults and youth group/team sports allowed
- No spectators at any indoor or outdoor sport activities
In addition, the Public Health Officer strongly recommends:
- Physical distancing and masks continue to be required in public indoor settings
- If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately
Masks remain mandatory on campus at all times. All VGC students and staff members are expected to follow these guidelines. The earliest date to move into phase 2 of the plan is June 15th. We will update once a definite date has been confirmed.
For more information on the different steps of BC’s Restart Plan please visit the BC Government website.
Before arriving in Canada:
Voluntary Compliance Portal
International Students with a pre-approved study permit can voluntarily submit their immigration and permit information into the portal for the CBSA to review. By sending their information in advance, the CBSA will have time to process and prepare the student’s permit in time for their arrival at YVR:INFORMATION ON THE VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE PORTAL
Travelling to Canada by air: Covid-19 Testing Requirements
If you are arriving in Canada by air, please make sure you are familiar with the COVID-19 testing requirements. Please download the poster below to prepare for your stay:DOWNLOAD POSTER
Homestay during the Covid-19 pandemic
For students who will be in VGC’s Homestay, we have specific, detailed COVID-19 policies. Please download the document below to prepare for your stay:DOWNLOAD HOMESTAY COVID-19 POLICIES
Safety on campus: VGC’s vaccine policy
The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. We want to ensure that students have the best possible study experience while feeling safe and comfortable.
As of September 7 2021, VGC will only accept fully vaccinated students for in person only classes. Students who wish to join classes which are 100% face to face and on campus from September 7 onwards must be fully vaccinated. Students will need to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated. Please note, fully vaccinated means 14 days after the second vaccination dose.
- Current students who are fully vaccinated will be able to start in person only classes from September 7.
- Current students who have had one vaccine shot and are waiting on a second must also remain in blended classes and will be on campus on rotation until they are fully vaccinated. Students must provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated.
- Current students who are not vaccinated will continue with blended classes and will be on campus only on rotation.
- All future students must be vaccinated to attend VGC starting September 7 2021.
- Students who have had a vaccine which is non-Canadian government approved but which is approved by the WHO will be able to join in person classes once their isolation period has finished. (approved vaccines in Canada / approved vaccines by the WHO)
It’s important to note that although VGC will recognize all WHO approved vaccines in order to attend in person classes, the BC government will not. In order to enter certain businesses and events you will need to have a vaccination recognized by the Canadian government. Please see the following link for more information: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof
- Students who are unvaccinated but wish to be vaccinated in Canada can register for VGC but will not be able to attend in person only classes until they are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their second shot) and must provide proof of vaccination.
- Students who are unwilling to be vaccinated will not be allowed to attend any in person classes, including our blended classes. They are welcome to take our online only programs.
Class Structure: Blended Learning
VGC is offering in person only classes as well as all of its regular classes in a blended format. This means as well as having the option to study online from the comfort of their home, students also have the opportunity to come into campus for face-to face classes. Starting September 7, VGC will be be gradually moving to in person only classes as the vaccination policy comes into effect. Fully vaccinated students will be able to take in person only classes.
Please ask your VGC representative for more information.
Safety while on Campus:
For a detailed safety plan regarding all VGC’s measures to prevent and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus both on a personal level and at an institutional level, please download VGC’s Safety Plan:DOWNLOAD VGC'S SAFETY PLAN
Publicly Available Resources for our students:
Government of Canada
- Government of Canada Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Resources and Information
- Government of Canada travel advisories
- Government of Canada: Outbreak update
- Toll-free phone line to answer Canadian’s general questions about COVID-19: 1-833-784-4397
- Study permit: COVID-19 program delivery
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International Students