COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Travel and Events

At UCalgary, the health and safety of our community is our number-one priority. A team from multiple areas across the university is working together to coordinate effective action to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 at UCalgary. The situation is rapidly evolving, and we will continue to adjust our response plan as necessary.

The following decisions were made following careful consideration of the risks to the campus community from travel to countries and areas experiencing community transmission of COVID-19.

If you or someone you’ve been in contact with has travelled outside of Canada, Alberta Health Services advises you to watch for symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath in yourself or family members, and call Health Link 811 at the first sign of symptoms.

As per Alberta Health Services, effective March 12, 2020 all individuals who are currently outside Canada should self-isolate on their return for 14 days, independent of the country they were visiting.

If you or a member of your family/household has been advised by Alberta Health / HealthLink to self-isolate, follow Alberta Health Services directions. If you have been tested for COVID, remain at home, follow self-isolation guidelines and do not come to campus until you have received negative results from Public Health and have stopped showing symptoms. Employees will continue to receive pay and benefits without interruption.

International Travel on UCalgary Business - Outbound

Due to the increasing global risk of COVID-19 outbreaks, along with related travel impacts, the University of Calgary has suspended all University-related travel outside of Canada. All outbound student programs have been cancelled until August 31, 2020. 

International Travel on UCalgary Business – Currently travelling internationally

The Government of Canada provided an update on exemptions to travel restrictions to Canada on March 20, 2020.  These exemptions will allow individuals in the following categories, among others, to enter Canada.  Ensure that you review the exemption update to determine if you are eligible to enter Canada. 

  • a citizen of Canada
  • a permanent resident of Canada
  • permanent residence applicants who had been approved for permanent residence before the travel restrictions were announced on March 16, 2020, but who had not yet travelled to Canada
  • an international student who held a valid study permit or who had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020

Also, please note that they state that those affected by the last two exemptions should not try to travel to Canada immediately.  They will announce when the exemptions are in place, which they anticipate will be the week of March 23.

If you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada we are strongly recommending that you make arrangements to leave the country as soon as possible and return to Canada, where possible. The evolving situation may limit our ability to assist you if you choose to remain in your current location.  You will need to determine whether it is safer to return or remain where you are for now.  If you choose to stay in place, we respect that decision. 

See further information below on assistance with making airline arrangements and guidelines for actions to take upon your return.

University of Calgary events on or off campus

All planned, in-person university events on or off our campuses are cancelled immediately. Until further notice, the scheduling of future campus events is on hold.  If you have any questions please call your event organizer.

Updated - March 22, 2020 Still Valid - April 15, 2020


If you are not already working with a travel agent and require assistance with booking a return flight, Maritime Travel is available to provide help.

Contact information:

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. mountain standard time:

After hours:

Please provide the following information:

  • Full name as it appears on the passport – last name in UPPER CASE
  • Date of birth
  • Departure city
  • Travel date
  • Seat preference

Once your booking has been confirmed, please forward your itinerary and receipt to Risk Management & Insurance at . You will be responsible for cancelling the unused portion of the original ticket.

Following your return:

As per Alberta Health Services, effective March 12, 2020 all individuals who are currently outside Canada should self-isolate on their return for 14 days, independent of the country they were visiting.   

Please remain at home, do not come to campus and follow self-isolation guidelines.

On March 14, Alberta began to post information on flights with confirmed cases of COVID-19 that have arrived in Canada in order to allow individuals to determine if they may have been exposed to COVID-19 on their flight.  Please go the Alberta COVID-19 site -> Info for Albertans -> Info for Airline Passengers for this information.  It will include the flight number, date and seats at risk of exposure.  We would recommend that you monitor this document upon your return. 

On March 13, Alberta Health Services launched an online self-assessment tool for you to see if your symptoms match COVID-19.  They recommend that you use this self-assessment tool to help determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19.

We will do everything we can to support your continued stay at the University of Calgary and are committed to finishing the Winter 2020 semester. However, if you are no longer able to remain, please contact the University of Calgary exchange advisors at who will assist, where possible, with making academic accommodations or arrangements.

UCalgary is also advising anyone who has traveled outside of Canada to follow advice from Alberta Health Services, self-isolate, and inform your supervisor, manager, instructor or other relevant contacts. Also, if someone in your home is unwell, follow advice from Alberta Health Services, self isolate and inform the appropriate individuals. People self-isolating and who do not have any symptoms, should expect to work or study at home for 14 days. Employees will continue to receive pay and benefits without interruption.

Following are a list of links to organizations that the University of Calgary monitors with respect to health outbreaks and the appropriate precautions to be taken. It also monitors the World Health Organization response as well as reviewing information from the Government of Canada travel advisories and International SOS. For current information, please monitor their sites directly on an ongoing basis as the situation is evolving rapidly.

Alberta Health Services - Current situation in Alberta

Alberta Health Services - Novel Coronavirus FAQs

Public Health Agency of Canada

Government of Canada Travel Advisories