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Canada removes pre-entry requirements for vaccinated travelers

Canada has removed pre-entry requirements for vaccinated travellers

Effective April 1, Canada has removed pre-entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers that have received at least two doses of the accepted vaccines by the Government of Canada. This means that fully vaccinated travelers will no longer have the requirement to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada. However, travelers coming to Canada may be selected at random on arrival to take a COVID-19 molecular test. Travelers who are randomly tested do not need to quarantine while waiting for the result. Who does not apply for the pre-entry requirements? Partially and unvaccinated travelers do not meet the ‘fully vaccinated‘ requirement, for that reason they need to continue to follow the mandatory pre-entry requirements and show proof of the following: Valid negative antigen test, administered by an official and authorized laboratory Valid negative molecular tests taken no more than 72 hours before the scheduled flight departure time or the arrival at the land border Previous positive molecular tests taken at least 10 days and no more than 180 days before the scheduled flight departure time or arrival at the land border. Keep in mind that positive antigen results will not be valid. Every traveler despite their situation, exemptions, or status is required to submit their information in the ArriveCAN app before coming to Canada. Travelers who do not complete their information on the ArriveCAN app might be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and quarantine for a period of 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status. What are some things to keep in mind before your flight to Canada? Check if you are eligible to enter Canada with the assessment tool that the government offers. Review if you meet all the entry requirements before your flight. Keep in mind that provinces have their own guidelines. Submit your information and proof of vaccination to the ArriveCAN (app or website) before arriving in Canada. Ensure you will have access to healthcare services in case of necessary medical treatment. Before coming to Canada, check frequently the changes in restrictions, entry requirements, vaccinations, and exemptions for travel situations because they can technically change at any moment. For more information about travel, testing, and borders, please visit the Canadian government website. Also, if you need any help with travel arrangements or processes to enter Acsenda, please contact us.  

Acsenda mandatory mask policy no longer in effect, free rapid test kits available to students

To Acsenda students, faculty, and staff, Thank you for your patience as we evaluated the recent update from the Public Health Officer regarding the requirement to wear masks on campus. Throughout the pandemic, Acsenda School of Management has made decisions in alignment with guidance from the Provincial Health Officer and with the health and safety of our students and employees as our primary consideration. With this guidance,  masks will be optional and no longer required on campus. We encourage people to wear masks if they feel more comfortable doing so and ask that everyone show respect and consideration for those persons who choose to wear masks. Everyone is also expected to continue to conduct daily personal health checks. If you experience any symptoms, please refrain from coming to the campus and conduct a rapid self test. Free test kits are available at reception on campus. The Province of B.C. also offers a free, browser-based self-assessment tool. You can visit the Government of B.C. website for more information regarding rapid antigen testing kits, booster doses and COVID-19 updates. You can also visit Acsenda’s COVID-19 page for institutional updates, as well. Thank you, President Neil Mort

Canada announces an easing of on-arrival testing for fully-vaccinated travellers

Canada lightens border measures as part of transition of the pandemic

The Government of Canada has announced that it will be easing on-arrival testing for fully-vaccinated travellers. This means that travellers arriving in Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, will be randomly selected for arrival testing but will no longer be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result. Canada decided to change these measures due to the high vaccination rates, availability of rapid tests to identify the virus, the decline of hospitalizations around the country and the availability enhancement of treatments and therapeutics. What are the new adjustments that Canada made? Canada made new adjustments in regards to easing border and travel measures for international flights and passengers planning to come to Canada. These adjustments will be effective as of February 28th, 2022. 1. Easing of the on-arrival testing for fully vaccinated travellers Travellers arriving in Canada who are fully vaccinated with two doses of a vaccine accepted by the Canadian government will be selected randomly for arrival testing. Those who are selected are not required to quarantine while waiting for the result. 2. Pre-entry requirement rapid antigen test or molecular test Travellers can choose to perform a molecular test (taken no more than 72 hours before the flight or arrival to the Canadian border) or to perform a rapid antigen test (taken the day prior to the flight or arrival to the Canadian border) to be suitable for pre-entry requirements. Have in mind that the tests need to be authorized by the country that the person is in the current moment and by an official laboratory or healthcare institution. 3. Travel health notice from a level 3 to level 2 The Canadian government is not suggesting anymore that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes. They are giving the autonomy to Canadians to travel under their own risks and understand that there are still ongoing infections in many countries and they should take necessary preventive measures before making any travel arrangements. Also, the health notice allows international flights carrying passengers to land at any of the Canadian airports that are designated by the Canada Border Services Agency to receive international flights. What are some things to still check before your flight to Canada? Check if you are eligible to enter Canada with the assessment tool that the government has. Review if you meet all the entry requirements before your flight or arriving at the Canadian border. Remember to verify what is the provincial and federal news due that every province has their own restrictions. Submit your information and proof of vaccination to the ArriveCAN (app or website) before arriving in Canada. Consider having the availability of healthcare services in a foreign country in case of any medical treatment or COVID positive while abroad. As additional preventive measures, remember to use your mask in public places or while travelling, get your booster shots, and self-isolate in case of symptoms. Before coming to Canada, check frequently the changes in restrictions, entry requirements, vaccinations, and exemptions for travel situations because they might change at any moment. For more information about travel, testing, borders, please visit the Canadian government website. Also, if you need any help with travel arrangements or processes to enter Acsenda, please contact us.

Classes to be delivered online until January 31

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students, With growing concern regarding the Omicron variant and the uncertainty about what the situation will be like in January, Acsenda School of Management will delay the start of classes on campus until January 31st, 2022. All classes will begin as per the Academic Calendar on January 10th, but will be delivered fully online for the first three weeks of the term. We plan to resume the delivery of classes on campus on January 31st. We will continue to monitor the situation and remain in consultation with local health authorities and provide a further update if anything changes. This announcement replaces the one made on December 22nd. Students, you should log into your course page prior to your first class to get information about the course from your instructor and the online delivery. I apologize for having to make a change, but after careful consideration, we felt it was in the best interest of everyone to take this action. I thank you for your patience and understanding. I wish you the very best for the holidays and a very happy new year. – President Neil Mort

Government of Canada announces adjustments to Canada’s border measures

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The Government of Canada announces new changes on border measures that can impact international students at the time of travelling to Canada. Please take into consideration these new adjustments and check regularly the Government of Canada website for any upcoming updates. Also, note the changes announced today pertaining to vaccination and testing requirements. Effective November 30, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals with right of entry to Canada who depart and re-enter the country within 72 hours of leaving Canada will not have to present a pre-entry molecular test. Effective November 30, 2021, Canada will expand the list of COVID-19 vaccines that travellers can receive to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of travel to Canada. The list will include Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN, matching the World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing. As of January 15, 2022, international students who are 18 years old and older will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada. Starting November 30, vaccination will be required for travel within and out of Canada. A valid COVID-19 molecular test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to vaccination unless travellers are eligible for one of the limited exemptions, such as a medical inability to be vaccinated. If you want more information regarding the new adjustments please refer to the Government of Canada website. If you want to find out what you need and eligibility to enter Canada please refer to the link attached. Also, check the COVID-19 travel checklist for requirements and exemptions.

Acsenda announces Late Start Option, will offer limited selection of classes beginning on January 31st

We realize that many students are delaying their decision to start classes in January because they were waiting for study permit confirmation and flights to Canada and may still want to begin taking classes here in Vancouver in Term 1 2022, which begins on January 10th. To assist students, Acsenda is pleased to introduce a late start option for students who are not able to arrive in time for the start of the term. We will offer a limited selection of classes which will begin on January 31st. These classes will follow a modified schedule offering more contact hours per week to ensure the same content is covered. This extension of the start date will provide you with additional time to confirm your immigration documentation and make your travel arrangements. For more information about the Late Start Option, please contact registrar@acsenda.com