Oct. 22, 2020

Update on outbound international travel restrictions

Message to the campus community
Campus sign in winter
Campus sign in winter Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Canada and abroad. Based on the current situations, the university is extending its restriction on international travel.

Undergraduate student international travel related to in-person study abroad programs, exchanges, co-ops, practica, internships and externships will not be permitted until at least April 30, 2021.

  • UCalgary Global Online (UGo) programs are available for students and include opportunities to take online courses with international partner universities, complete an internship virtually, join a research project or participate in the Global Community Challenge.
  • A decision about travel for these purposes during spring/summer 2021 term and onwards will be made prior to Feb. 1, 2021.

All other undergraduate student international travel is not permitted until the Government of Canada lifts the current travel advisory (which states "Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.").

  • At that time, the university will re-assess the situation and make determinations around travel options for undergraduate students undertaking this type of travel.

All other university business-related international travel including graduate students, academic staff members, employees, postdocs, etc. is not permitted until the Government of Canada lifts the current travel advisory.

  • Exceptions may be considered for individuals in this category who are travelling for university-related business.
  • Made on a case-by-case basis through the risk management travel registration system and approval process.
  • Requests for exceptions should be put into the system at least one month prior to the intended date of departure from Canada.