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Welcoming International Students in the Context of COVID-19

You are currently abroad and are beginning or pursuing your studies or postdoctoral fellowship at INRS this fall? INRS is now ready to welcome you in its facilities! Regardless of your situation, INRS provides you with all the information you need to help you.

Travel restrictions

The INRS has been able to welcome international students on October 20, 2020. However, travel restrictions apply. They are summarized in the Information Guide web page.

See also the Travel exemptions and restrictions for international students section on the IRCC website.

Steps to follow

The INRS has implemented a comprehensive plan to accompany you in preparing for your arrival in accordance with the requirements of Quebec and Canada’s public health authorities. Please follow the steps below.

1. Consult the Information Guide

Before planning any travel, INRS invites you to consult the Information guide web page which allows you to learn about the rules in effect and the elements to be taken into account before you decide to come.

2. Decide with your supervisor

  • If your travel is possible, you must notify the Studies and Student Life Service (Service des études et de la vie étudiante) of the decision by writing to
  • Your supervisor will then designate, with a copy to, a person employed by INRS who will act as a support person to assist you in the preparations.
  • You must quickly prepare your quarantine plan with the help of the support person assigned to you.
  • Finally, you must send the quarantine plan to as soon as possible.

3. Plan your arrival and your quarantine

4. Prepare your arrival at INRS

If you are a new graduate student at INRS, you will be contacted by a mentor once you have submitted your study permit approval letter to Student Life Services. The mentor’s role is to help you become familiar with your new environment. Each research centre provides you with a Welcome Guide to help you start and continue your formation at INRS.

Important government resources describing impacts of the pandemic on programs and travel:

Contact the Student Life Services for more information.