The Rocky Mountain International Student Program has developed arrival and quarantine protocols to ensure the safety of our international students and their Canadian communities when they arrive to Canada. These protocols were developed in conjunction with our provincial organization (IPSEA), our national organization (CAPS-I), and the BC Ministry of Education. Our school district is committed to the health and wellness of our international students and follows the guidance of the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer (Dr. Bonnie Henry), the Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Our document “International Student Arrival Guide 2020-2021” contains our protocols to ensure the safety of our international students.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO CANADA
Negative COVID test prior to arrival
The federal government is requiring, effective January 7, 2021, that all air passengers 5 years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. A negative test result does NOT replace the mandatory quarantine - students must still complete the 14-day self-isolation.
Unaccompanied students under the age of 19 are exempt from the new quarantine for three-nights in a government-approved accommodation and are allowed to proceed to their suitable quarantine destination.
For more information about COVID-19 please see the following government resources:
BC province-wide restrictions (in effect until further notice)