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International students allowed back into Canada despite COVID-19 pandemic

Last Updated Oct 20, 2020 at 11:07 am PST

FILE: A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

International students are once again allowed back into Canada as the government loosens travel restrictions

Students only allowed back in if they follow quarantine process, attend school with provincially approved COVID-19 plan

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – International students are once again allowed back into Canada, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Allowing foreign students back into the country for schooling is the latest step in the federal government loosening of some border restrictions.

Students will only be allowed into Canada if they follow the quarantine process, and if the school they are attending has a provincially approved COVID-19 plan.

The government says students — coming from the U.S. or any other country — must have a COVID-19 readiness plan before travelling to Canada.

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This follows changes that took place earlier this month which allowed family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to come to Canada, if they followed a plan as well.

The Canada-U.S. land border remains closed to all non-essential traffic amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns south of the border.

On Monday, the federal government announced the border closure — which was set to expire on Wednesday — was being extended by at least another month until Nov. 21.