Covid-19 FAQ

Yes, due to Canada’s International Border Travel restrictions, foreign nationals are required to be fully vaccinated in order to enter Canada as a visitor. You are still required to either apply for a visa or need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Please look at the Entry Requirements by Country/Territory.


  • As a private organization, the JMUCC Organizing Committee cannot force vaccination to attend the competition. However, as our main concern is the safety of all participants, we strongly encourage it.
  • Moreover, as of September 7th, 2021, Canadian Borders are reopening for fully vaccinated people without quarantine upon showing a negative PCR test as well. See link (Canadian website).

Furthermore, you should download the app ArriveCan a few weeks before arriving in Montreal, and upload your proof of vaccination. This will serve as your vaccination passport necessary to participate in social gatherings and events.

Last updated: September 26th, 2021

You also need to look at Entry Requirements by Country/Territory.

Please note that some additional requirements may be required if you are a foreign national in the country you’re coming from.

Approved vaccines to enter Canada are:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

If your proof of vaccination is not in French or English, it needs to have a certified translation of this document.

More information can be found in the following links:

COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada

Approved COVID-19 Vaccines

Yes, a vaccination passport will be required to take part in all activities organized by JMUCC. To obtain your vaccination passport, you will have to upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCan. The proof of vaccination has to be in either English or French. The app will guide you through the process. Please set up your ArriveCan application a few weeks before arriving in Montreal as this process might take some time.


You can follow the instructions in the following link, under “Requirements to follow for your trip – 3. Upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCan”. Instructions for ArriveCan


What COVID-19 tests are accepted to enter Canada?


To enter Canada, you need a negative test from one of the following type:

  • PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)

Some exceptions may apply. Find out more here.

If your university can no longer attend JMUCC due to COVID-19 regulations or any other reasons, please contact and notify Terry Zhou as soon as possible. 

  • By the time of the competition JMUCC will be strictly following safety measures recommended by the Government of Canada and Concordia University. Moreover, the JMUCC’s Organizing Committee reserves the right to add sanitary measures to ensure the safety and well being of every participant at JMUCC. 
  • Examples of safety measures are scheduling different rotations of schools to prevent large gatherings, surgical masks will be provided to all delegates and faculty advisors throughout the day (all masks must be changed every 3 hours), hand sanitizing stations will be placed at every location, social distancing will be enforced should 2-metre distance is no possible, meals will be provided in sealed individual boxes.
  • Should Canadian borders close, JMUCC in-person would not be possible. In this scenario, JMUCC will revert to an online edition. We are already planning this contingency plan to make sure that the competition takes place.
  • For the schools already accepted to participate, you will keep your place at JMUCC and the deposit will serve as part of the online registration fees. (See Information Package for more details)

Please see page 12 of the Information Package for more details. More specifically the following sections: Registration Fee and Method of Payment

As the down payment amount is the same regardless of in-person or online, schools will have to pay the remaining balance of the online edition fees on the second payment date. (Dates and fees are further explained in the information package).

If your country does not allow any international travels at the moment, please contact and notify Terry Zhou as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if your university is unable to travel due to travel restrictions, JMUCC will have to choose another competing school to replace you.

If your university does not allow an in-person appearance to Montreal, please contact and notify Terry Zhou as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if your university is unable to travel due to travel restrictions, JMUCC will have to choose another competing school to replace you.

According to Canada’s International Border Travel restrictions, travelers who are fully vaccinated (minimum 2 doses) and have tested negative for COVID-19 upon arriving, they will not be required to quarantine. Furthermore, travelers will need to have received their second dose at least 2 weeks prior to arriving in Canada.


However, if you are tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of being fully vaccinated, you will have to be quarantined for 2 weeks. We highly recommend that all delegates and faculty advisors avoid any large gatherings before their flight coming into Canada as all individuals will have to quarantine themselves if they are tested positive for COVID-19.

Before arriving in Canada, if an individual within the team is tested positive for COVID-19, teams will still be allowed to participate in JMUCC (3 delegates present). However, if more than 2 delegates are tested positive for COVID-19 prior to departure, then the participating team will be disqualified for JMUCC. For more information, please refer to the Rules Book.


Please note that members who are tested negative for COVID-19 will be allowed to participate in the social and networking events. 

Travel and/or heltah insurance are not required to come to Canada or to JMUCC. However, in light of the current situation, we strongly recommend it. For example, should you show symptoms during the week of JMUCC and are required to get tested as a fee would be associated with it.

  1. Have your ArriveCan receipt with letter I or V beside the vaccinated traveler’s name.
  2. Proof of vaccination
  3. Pre-entry test results
  4. Other travel documents


Take a screenshot: please note that the Canadian Border does not provide Wi-Fi.

It is HIGHLY recommended that all delegates and faculty advisors should avoid going to any public or large gatherings to avoid contracting COVID-19 before the competition.